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Scallop Season Now Underway

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Port St. Joe, Fl -

You may prefer your scallops fried, maybe baked, grilled, or even tossed in pasta. Regardless, Before heading to the kitchen, you can head to the bay and hand pick them yourself.

Nevertheless, scallopers didn't let the weather keep them from their quest for the tasty shellfish.

Robert Kolmetz goes on the search every year.

"It's a lot of fun, even if you don't get anything, its fun," said Kolmetz.

He wasn't the only Scallop Slayer out on St. Joseph's Bay.

"It was a lot of fun, there were scallops everywhere," said Lexi Rudd.

For Presnell's Bayside Marina and RV Resort, scallop season is their lifeblood.

"It is the business," said Allen Duke, owner of the marina. "We have zero business say from September to March."

But considering Saturday kicked off the season, business was slow.

"A lot of people don't know that today is scallop season, a lot people don't know that it opened early," explained Duke. "But those who did know, were biting, hunting, chipping, to get here but they just won't come in the rain and lightning."

It was that exact reason why Lexi Rudd and her father didn't show up earlier.

"Finally whenever it stopped raining, we came out here today because we really wanted to scallop," said Rudd.

"Was it worth it?" 

"Oh yes, definitely," answered Rudd.

The season opened two days earlier this year at Governor Rick Scott's request.

Now through September 24th, scallopers can get their daily limit of two gallons of Bay scallops in the shell, or a pint of scallop meat per person.

"If you shuck your scallops on the water early in the year, you'll bring home more scallops than you will if you put them in a five gallon bucket," said Duke.

But while scallopers might have reached their limit Saturday, there was still one more step.  

"You going to eat them?"

"Yes!" exclaimed Rudd.

Bay scallops may only be harvested in state waters from the Pasco-Hernando County line to the west bank of the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County.

For more information regarding the daily bag limit and other requirements revolving around scalloping click here.