Scallop season is in full swing. We are catching our limit on every trip.
Bayport to Chassahowitzka is full of scallops in four to six feet of water. I like to plan my trip around the low tide to make it easy for customers. A mask, fins, snorkel and a mesh bag are all you need for scalloping. Make sure you fly the divers down flag and remember the limits are two gallons in the shell per person and no more than ten gallons per boat per day. Scalloping is fun for the whole family and we can accommodate large groups.
Fishing is good. Trout are holding in ten to fourteen feet of water. Use a 1/4 to 3/8 ounce jig head with a white, root beer or chartreuse little Jon. Bounce the jig slowly on the bottom; the trout are hitting them on the soft side. In the same area, we are also catching sea bass, sharks and some cobia.
Grouper fishing is still good. Use dead bait to bring the gags out from their home. Frozen threadfins and Boston mackerel are my top frozen baits. Live bait will work too, such as big pinfish, pig fish and white bait.
Red fish are roaming the islands and oyster bars and live greenbacks or pinfish are the way to go. Mid incoming tide has produced the best action. Snook are in the same areas as the reds and white bait is candy to a hungry snook.