July is here and it’s scallop diving time. From July 1 to September 24, your limit is two gallons of whole scallops per person and no more than ten gallons per boat. Make sure the divers down flag is flying when swimmers are in the water.
Finding scallops is easy. Just cruise over to a grass flat about four to eight feet deep. Slack low tide is the easiest time for all ages and abilities. When the tide is moving, it can get hard to swim for some people so checking the tide chart before your trip can make your day easier.
Fishing is great. We are catching trout in ten to twelve feet of water using a 1/4-ounce jog head and a soft plastic bait like a gulp shrimp or little Jon. Red fish and snook are hanging on the outside islands and points. Look for a good current flow. Mid incoming tide seems to be the hot bite.
Tarpon are still hanging around the flats as well. We will have them for a few more weeks and then it’s about over due to migration. Small crabs or live pilchards will get the job done for tarpon.