Scouting for Scallops – Steinhatchee and South

Scouting for Scallops – Steinhatchee and South

June 26, 2010

We started the day at 3:30 am..Ugh. Leaving Tampa that early we knew we would be on the water before it got too hot. I can honestly say I have not been out at that hour in years. If you are looking for some comic relief all you have to do is sit in a 7-11 parking lot at 3 am – you will find it! After I fueled up with gas and coffee I was off to meet Robin and Bob and Mocha, from Good Time Kayaking. We all planned to ride up to Steinhatchee together to scout out the scallops. We were hoping to not only find a good place to take groups for this year’s season, but we also wanted to find a place in shallow water, easy to kayak to and have a “not so crowded” atmosphere.

Once we arrived in the general area we pulled out the gazetteer and looked at all the forest roads trying to find the best access for what we were needed over the next 2 months. We went down a few roads that just ended at some rough looking trailers, then we hit a home run and found a fantastic spot. Robin and I gathered our nets and snorkels and soon were paddling out to the gulf. Within 2 hours we had not only found the scallops but caught nearly our limit! We headed back to the beach watching Mocha swim out to meet us. After loading the kayaks up we checked out more of the local spots. We visited Horseshoe Beach that had neither horseshoes nor a beach… then went even further south to a lovely spot called Shired Island. This area is within the Lower Suwannee Refuge and is a protected site.

There was wildlife all around us and it was such a beautiful place. We were told that later in the scallop season you could walk right out on the grass flats to just waist deep water and collect scallops! There was a nice primitive campground right down the road to!

After a bit more exploring we decided it was time to head back to the truck; there was a storm approaching and we did not want to be caught out in the open! The next day we were off to spend the day fishing and hiking the islands off Dunedin, Florida. Anclote Key and Caladesi Island were to be our next stop….but that story is for another day!

About notacluegal

Jeanene was born in Pittsburgh, PA. As a young child her family was very active in the outdoors. Things changed when her parents decided to travel down different paths in life and with that decision so went many of the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Being lucky to live in the suburbs Jeanene always had a backyard to play in and loved being outdoors. As the years passed she took every opportunity to be outdoors. She bought land in Tennessee and as a single mom moved her young daughter to the mountains. The were many life lessons learned on that mountain. There was no plumbing on the property – or even a house, but that did not stop her. She learned to live off of what was available and built her own cabin from the trees on her property. Those were rough years but the most rewarding. Now Jeanene resides in Tampa, Fl. and works as an office manager full time….but still yeans to be outdoors. Jeanene started “Not a Clue Adventures” to teach everyone she could how wonderful the outdoors are! That camping and fishing and hiking can be done by everyone and at many different levels. Single mom’s no longer have to be afraid to take their sons and daughters outdoors. By working with young couples, single parents and even seniors, she gets to teach others about her love for the outdoors and hopes to open their eyes to new adventures. In 2009, Jeanene completed certification as a Leave No Trace Instructor. She also works closely with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) and the Florida State Parks. Jeanene is also certified in First Aid/Adult CPR.
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