Welcome to Florida!
When is scalloping season in Florida?
The sea-grass beds that are common to the Homosassa and Crystal River area are the naturally-preferred home of scallops. Meaning there are plenty of scallops for everyone to gather! These sea-grass beds are also quite easily accessible as they are usually no deeper than 4 to 10 feet below the surface of the water – making them easy to snorkel and dive for and the scallops easy to collect. The ease of collecting the scallops by hand in the clear water is part of what makes scalloping so enjoyable and accessible to all levels of experience!
What do I need to know?
Each recreational scalloper may harvest a maximum of 2 gallons of whole bay scallops in the shell. The maximum for a single vessel is 10 gallons. Limiting out each trip depends on how aggressive your group is. Also, each diver has different vision & some are better at spotting scallops than others.
Your Homosassa scalloping charters will include crew members who are happy to teach you the entire process. In addition to learning how to prep and adjust your snorkeling gear, you’ll also learn how to spot the scallops in the grass beds or sand. We also teach you how to handle the scallops in the water and put them in your catch bag.
At the end of the trip we will show you how to clean your scallops. Some people enjoy this process, some don’t. If you would like someone to clean the scallops for you there are local businesses that offer this service – usually at $10-20 per daily limit/person. Captain Micah can provide phone numbers for local scallop cleaners (or shuckers as the locals would say).
More Adventure Details
All that leaves for you to do is kick back, enjoy the beautiful boat ride, listen to some tunes, collect your scallops, and enjoy your trip aboard our private vessel!
Everyone is Welcome Aboard with Captain Micah!
What do I need to bring?
Captain Micah ask that you bring your own mask & fins & snorkel, as everyone’s face and feet are different.
Catch bags are provided along with carabiners to clip the bag to your swim trunks.
Do you need a license while scalloping with Capt. Micah?
No, Captain Micah has you covered. He purchases a license through the state that covers up to 4 adults per trip. More than 4 adults per trip? Captain Micah will guide you to the fwc website to purchase the extra license.
Children 15 and under are not required to have a license.
Are children welcome on scallop charters?
While snorkeling we will have multiple floating ropes deployed around the boat for safety.
If you would like your children to wear a life vest on the trip, please bring each child that is sailing with you a Type III life vest which they will wear while the boat is underway. We have type 1 life vest on board for everyone, but they are not as comfortable to wear.
Who else will be with us on the boat?
These one-of-a-kind trips are open to parties of all sizes. Groups larger than 6 will require multiple boats which will be arranged by Captain Micah.
We request that you please let us know how many children will be sailing with your party beforehand, so that we can plan accordingly.
Come enjoy a relaxing scalloping trip
You will get to kick back, enjoy the Bluetooth stereo, sit in the shade or sun & have a relaxing afternoon out on the water. We promise that we will do the best we can to give you a scenic and fun boat ride.
Private Charter Pricing