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Old 06-05-2015, 10:42 AM   #1
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Default Port Saint Joe Scalloping

Hello PFFmembers,

I am looking to take my family down to Port Saint Joe to do some Scalloping in August. I am looking for any tricks, techniques that you might use and also any areas in the bay that are better than others. I am not looking for any private numbers, but if there are any public numbers or recommended numbers it would be greatly appreciated.
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Go where the boats are there is no pattern to scallops. Everyone must just look around the blacks island for spots. Water is shallow most use a boat but some go from shore. Presnels camp is closest to launch from. They have camp sites and rv hookups. Plenty of parking for just boaters.
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Hello PFFmembers,

I am looking to take my family down to Port Saint Joe to do some Scalloping in August. I am looking for any tricks, techniques that you might use and also any areas in the bay that are better than others. I am not looking for any private numbers, but if there are any public numbers or recommended numbers it would be greatly appreciated.
Don't be scared to go wallowing in the grasss. Last year most of the bay was pretty sparse on scallops, but we got a couple buckets full by heading into the extreme southern corner where the grass was really thick and 3 feet deep. We just kind of felt our way along the bottom with our fingertips and caught the scallops by braille. You grab a bunch of urchins and stuff too, but once you realize they can't hurt you, it's a pretty fun way to fish.
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Are there parks or places to park and snorkle around? We will be passing through the Monday after season opens and planned to try it a day or 2?
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ST Joe state park is a great place to stay and camp and a lot of areas to snorkel, fish and pick scallops
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Come and have fun but PLEASE respect the sea grass beds in St. Joe Bay. Don't run your outboard through the beds that are shallow enough to be damaged by your prop. It takes years for the beds to recover. It's easy to get complacent once you see how much grass is in the bay and say "there's plenty of grass, one prop scar won't matter" but it does. The seagrass beds are what make the bay so amazing.
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Scallops have been down the last 2 years in St. Joe Bay after several years in a row of good numbers. Hopefully this year will be better.
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They are on a cycle. Good year followed by not so good years.
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