Scalloping Fun

Recent dive reports from all around the state.


Scalloping Fun

Florida Sportsman member: Big Bend Brian

there was a scallop flotilla of 15 boats tight together but they were in solid turtle grass and the viz dropped compared to Keaton so we headed back up north to clearer water. Finally found a spot with turtle and manatee grass and enough scallops to work. We didn’t tear them up but it was a fun family outing!

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Port Canaveral Dive

Florida Sportsman member: Bluewaterfever

Went diving on Pelican Flats today with Randy and Matt. We had 20-30 feet of visibility and nice warm water. We managed a few grouper, hog snapper, mangos triggers and sheepshead. Came home with box full of good eats

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A Keys Adventure

Florida Sportsman member: Klinger

With the exception of a couple of weather days and a couple of days with engine problems, a very enjoyable 4 weeks. Made it back home in about 14 hours and currently making plans for 2015!

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East Central Diving

Florida Sportsman member: Kapt.Hook

When we jumped in to do some free diving the ocean came alive! We were using Pogy and Bonita chunks to chum with and two 4 inch disco balls suspended at 60 feet. The big kings were coming in and taking chunks really quick, we weren’t able to get in close enough to make any shots unfortunately.

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Keaton Beach Scalloping

Florida Sportsman member: Big Bend Brian

Pretty clear water and light winds allowed looking at the bottom for scallops as we idled in 4 feet of water. Right away we found the turtle and manatee grass that scallops love and started the hunt. We had to move around a number of times but we managed our 6 gallons.

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Lobster Fun in the Keys

Florida Sportsman member: followotherboats

It was unfortunate that mini season was so close to the regular season and it really showed. In total for the 7 days, we ended up with 52 lobster and about 60 snapper. Most if not all the snapper were eaten while we were down there and I didn’t really take pics of the fish. This was a lobster trip and man it was fun.

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Sebastian Diving

Florida Sportsman member: Kapt.Hook

Two of my buddies dropped down and I jumped in with a float line to try and get lucky with a king. I wasn’t able to make any shots on them; the kings were very skittish and the bulls were very interested in what I was doing. We had 4 bulls that were hanging around and one big bull that had some cobia following him. It was a failed attempted to stick one unfortunately.

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Loading on Lobster

Florida Sportsman member: Trollaltdelete

Forum member Trollaltdelete shared his mini season catches with us. Diving off of Cudjoe Key, he explains “We were able to limit out with 6 hunters each day.” After unsuccessful trips a few years prior, he put in the time to find spots and was able fill the cooler. Nice!

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BPK Bugs

Florida Sportsman member: AMPED

Our first 2 spots had been wiped clean, not even a short left, makes you wonder. We got our 4 person limit of 24 in about 40 minutes at stop number 3. Then we just hung out, went swimming, and had lunch before heading back home. All in all it was good couple of days.

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Cedar Key Spearfishing

Florida Sportsman member: Big Bend Brian

After that we continued offshore starting in 72 feet and working easterly inshore to shallower water as we hit numerous spots, almost all of them small so we did bounce dives. Every drop would end up in a couple of fish, some of which the red groupers were really nice sized fire trucks.

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Fort Pierce Cobia

Florida Sportsman member: dukhuntr1991

After a very unproductive day trolling yesterday we decided to dive today instead. The storms were making it difficult right from the start but we did get a couple quick dives in and were able to hit a couple nice cobia.

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What’s Under the Waves

Florida Sportsman member: TikoLiko

Forum member TikoLiko Shared an awesome video he put together. Freediving with pole spears and hawaiian slings, he shows the fish who is boss! Nice work.

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Crystal River Scalloping

Florida Sportsman member: ripnlips

Second half of opening weekend was just as good as the first. We went to the scallop grounds and got a limit by 11:30 and we decided to go fish for a bit.

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Diving for Dentures

Florida Sportsman member: Big Bend Brian

In years past my wife & I always did well diving for shark teeth off the beach in 18 feet of water so my buddy and I did a beach dive off the Venice Service Park beach. We geared up & finned out 300 yards on the surface then dropped down to 18 feet of water.

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Mutton on the Spear

Florida Sportsman member: snookyj

We started in about 30ft and worked our way in shallower…we shot a few nice hogs and i missed a stud black. I noticed my buddy take a shot at a fish outta of the corner of my eye, I knew it was a good fish but had no idea the size or species because he was a good ways away from me. Finally I got a good look at the fish and almost crapped myself,one of the biggest muttons I have seen on the spear!

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Fort Pierce Freediving

Florida Sportsman member: flamencoguru

Forum member flamencoguru got into some great fish out of Fort Pierce. Diving rubble piles in 63 feet of water, he limited out on grouper and speared a bonus 40 pound cubera snapper.

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Dry Tortugas Trip

Florida Sportsman member: fla cracker

For several years I had talked about making the trip, back then mainly for rod and reel fishing. But in the past few years my family has been doing a lot more freediving and spearfishing, mostly out of Marathon. Last june I pulled the trigger on setting up the trip and within a few minutes our crew was established.

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Cobia Spearfishing

Florida Sportsman member: Robert D.

Forum member Robert D. shared a video he put together of him spearing some cobia, not only did he get into the fish, you can also see how these fish interact with rays and each other under water. Good stuff Robert.

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Tampa Freediving

Florida Sportsman member: Lilcthefishslayer

Then went and found out the water was not too bad in clarity in certain spots. So we gave it a shot, it paid off! Didn’t miss a shot and got 2 fatties. Been awhile since I did any diving so I was really happy with my performance.

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Awesome Keys Dive Trip with the Troop

Florida Sportsman member: Big Bend Brian

I’m the Scoutmaster of Troop 277 in Ponte Vedra Beach and this past Spring Break my 15 year old son & I, along with 4 other Boy Scouts and 2 scouting fathers, spent Spring Break at the BSA High Adventure Sea Base near Islamorada in the FL Keys doing their SCUBA Adventure program. Over 7 days we did a total of 10 day dives and one awesome night dive.

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Last Bug Run of the Season

Florida Sportsman member: Gaffit

I came to the end of the ledge and it was a ghost town. Little pissed off, I swam back to find Cullen neck deep under a ledge with a loaded lobster bag. One of his bugs went 10 pounds! Managed to get close to my limit in the 1500 pounds of air I had left.

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Spearing Cobia off Bull Sharks

Florida Sportsman member: nutmagoo

Tough conditions with the wind building from 15 to 20 plus mph, along with building seas up to 6 feet. But we made it happen with Bluewaterspearo scoring a nice 60 pound cobia. I shot a big cobia too but unfortunately it tore off. I also shot a nice AJ on a wreck in 90 feet and this poor fish had a very tough last couple minutes of his life getting chased around by many predators and ultimately getting demolished before we could get him in the boat. At least I was able to get some very exciting footage!

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Spearing Key West Video

Florida Sportsman member: Fasteddie72

Us college kids from UCF finally got a break from school and headed down to Key West for some fishing and diving this spring break. As far as a report goes the weather couldn’t of worked out better for us, thankfully. We got in 3 and a half solid days full of fishing and diving then the weather turned on us and gave us a great excuse to go get wild on Duval Street.

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Florida Sportsman member: Apnatic

We got anchored up and immediately started chumming with cut kingfish and Spanish mackerel so I stayed on the boat while keeping the slick going while my buddy jumped in. On his second dive he shot a nice 12 pound mutton that was off the bottom eating the chum. We found a big kingfish head in his stomach so I guess its safe to say muttons like to eat kingfish! We stayed out till about sunset and went 2 for 4 on the muttons!

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Spearfishing Key West

Florida Sportsman member: beeuclothing

Got a short break from school so ran down to Key West for a couple days of spearing. All footage shot freediving with Gopro hero 3, guns used were a Koah Euro 130 and Rob Allen 1300. Hope you like it and thanks for watching!

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Buggin’ Fort Pierce

Florida Sportsman member: dukhuntr1991

Well, hunting season finished up this past weekend so it’s back to the water! Heard the water was clear on the beach and getting nasty tomorrow so I talked my dad into being captain and we took the skiff out FPI at 4 pm after work. Water was chilly but clear. I grabbed 6 nice ones and we were back to the dock at 5:30. Nice to get wet again!

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Monster Cobia, In First Person

Florida Sportsman member: Robert D.

http://vimeo.com/80191806

Forum member Robert D. had the chance to take a shot on a cobia of a lifetime, and made it count! Watch as this takes place while filming with his Gopro camera mounted on his head.

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Night Dive Success

Florida Sportsman member: SOFLO Angler

Right after we got that guy I see a huge snout poking out under a ledge, landed a perfect shot through one cheek out the other, this being the biggest hog I’ve seen in person and the biggest I’ve ever bagged! I was screaming underwater. We surfaced for a minute right after and I guess the coast guard heard our screams of joy and came to check us out, after everything was cleared we went back down to finish up the dive.

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South Spearfishing

Florida Sportsman member: farinco

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted but I’ve been spending a lot of time under the water lately compared to my usual rod-n-reel fish hunting, its been fun.

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Bahamas Freedive Spear Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: TikoLiko

Many Floridians take advantage of the Bahamian waters and the excellent fishing and diving within boating range from Florida’s east coast. Florida sportsman member TikoLiko shows the great free diving opportunities and the chances you have with some big fish all with just a Hawaiian sling.

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Homosassa Gags, Amberjack & More

Florida Sportsman member: butchbal

Weather reports looked good for Saturday so my wife, son and I went out to troll and dive to get some fish for the freezer. Seas were beautiful, 1 foot or less in the morning and flat in the afternoon. We ran northwest from Homosassa to a wreck in 50 feet for our first drop. Vis was 20 to 30 feet with a weak current. Got a nice AJ, gags, a sheepie and a bunch of FAT mangos. Ran to our second drop in 60 feet to find top to bottom vis and again very little current. Shot two more gags, some even fatter mangos, and a few nice spanish. I took a long shot at a nice cobe but just nicked him, bummer! The second dive was on a wreck that is mostly just rusty rubble now but was probably a 60-foot or so boat before.

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Bugs N’ Tails

Florida Sportsman member: Big Bend Brian

Just a fun post…the family managed to sneak in one more short Florida Keys trip before school, soccer, and Boy Scouts command all our attention. Over the Labor Day weekend we dragged our small 19 foot “Plan B” to Key Largo to play with some lobster and yellowtails.

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Lionfish – A Meal with a Painful Price

Florida Sportsman member: Naclh2oDave

We got a bit of a late start on Monday with the weather rolling thru and all. But we got out and dove with no complications. By the time that we fueled the boat and launched the rain was over and never once got rained on the whole day, despite water spouts in the bay. The radar showed the storms coming thru but they all showed them inshore, so we left the hill and had a good day offshore.

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A Week in Islamorada – Bugs and Snapper

Florida Sportsman member: Klinger

This was the Geriatric week, as with the exception of the 52 year old & the 34 year old, the ages ranged from 66-68. Saturday was a transition day, so it wasn’t very well organized. We did get out a little late, and we did get a pretty good box of bugs, but I didn’t get any pictures and don’t remember how many Sunday 8/25 brought some excellent weather for the first time in a week or two, & the new crew took advantage.

Ended up with 25 decent Mangroves, a Cero Mackerel , & 1 good trout. Action was non-stop, so we almost didn’t mind not getting to chase bugs.

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Horseshoe Beach Scallops

Florida Sportsman member: liveaction

We got a late start out of HSB Saturday morning about 10-1030. It was pretty choppy and the wind was on it, but we made our way north to pepperfish. There were tons of boats but the wind and chop laid down soon after we got there. Water clarity was poor, but we managed to find about 6-7 gallons which made for a tasty dinner and then some leftover.

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Crystal River Scalloping

Florida Sportsman member: ripnlips

Wow what a busy season this has been. Lots and lots of folks out on the water enjoying quality time with family and friends and getting some of the best seafood that the gulf has to offer. The scalloping in Crystal River and Homosassa has been great with limit after limit coming in every day. We have been targeting water depth of 4 to 6 feet and we are having great success even with the cloudy overcast skies. I have started to go further south around the bird rack north of the Homosassa channel on the days that we have overcast since the water clarity is very good down there nearly all the time.

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Big Peck’s Lake Bug

Florida Sportsman member: Bagger

Intended to look for some Spanish and jump in the water if it was clear. Got a late start and cleared inlet around 14:30. Did not see any bait while driving south (3 to 4 miles). Water was clear so we jumped in, temperature was 75.5 degress and 20 plus feet of vis. Saw only one bug but he was a good size one on a 45 minute dive in 20 to 25 feet [...]

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Naples Offshore Spearfishing

Florida Sportsman member: Naples Spearo

The spearfishing has been good to me and my crew this year, as this was the first year we have really got into spearfishing. Most of the dives are in the 65-75 feet range and some going to 125 feet and my most recent trip was in 45 feet. My goal for the boat this year was to limit out on hog fish on one of my trips. We accomplished that goal Dec. 15th in 45 feet of water. I also shot a lion fish on that trip. Scary that they are that close in. My buddys friends also caught a lion fish just off the beach in front of the Ritz in Naples, couple hundred yards offshore.

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FS member quatin wanted to show some new GoPro video of his lobstering off Dania Beach. He calls it his “first successful lobster hunt,” so good for him. From his avatar image, looks like he might be diving off his kayak. Pretty cool. Some good snares and some good video shots:

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Diving off the Gingerbreads

Florida Sportsman member: Venturesome

Did our annual squadron trip to the breads to do some shooting. The weather was fantastic. It was so clear and calm on Friday we could see the fish from the boat! The crew was made up of some of my best friends from my squadron days at Homestead plus one who is an excellent builder here in our area [...]

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Big Bahamas Lobster

Natalie Velger brings in a big spiny lobster. Watch those legs!

Whoa! Natalie Velger sent in this shot of the lobster her boyfriend Will Campbell caught earlier this month in The Bahamas. He shot it with a sling spear. She won’t say where in The Bahamas, but did say that it weighed 13 pounds, with legs plenty big enough to eat.

What’s the biggest lobster you’ve caught this year? Anyone have one bigger than 13? We’ve seen a number of 10-pounders, but not many bigger than that.

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Crystal River Scalloping

Florida Sportsman member: keypond

Lori’s cousin Kris and his wife Becky came in from Kansas this weekend and wanted to try some scalloping while they were here. I made a couple of phone calls and realized the water at Pepperfish was still realy murky. Then I made another all to Marrio, aka ripnlips, and he pointed me in the right direction to find some out of Crystal River [..]

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Buggin’ in Marathon

Florida Sportsman member: Klinger

The crew said they were tired of strong current and murky water so we went to an area that is always clear. The only problem with areas that are always clears is everybody else likes them too, so they are not always as productive. We still ended up with a good box of 23 bugs and 3 good grouper [...]

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Mini Season Recap

Florida Sportsman member: TeamTeke

TeamTeke flew back down to our home in KCB to enjoy what would be our first Mini-Season. Although we have owned our home since 2001, we have not been here for the big event. With the addition of a couple of hardy, younger diving friends all things came out well. We took limits on both days, easily on the first, but had to work somewhat on the second [...]

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BIG Hogfish

Florida Sportsman member: UMfootball

Went out last saturday 7/7 out of BFP with Deepcnut and hill to try and find some hogs. I never thought i would get another one bigger than the week before but this monster 24 inches came into site and I was lucky to get a shot on him. We also got 4 more all between 13 and 17 inches. I have been on a good luck streak lately to say the least.

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Bunch-o-Hogs

Florida Sportsman member: butchbal

Earlier this year I promised my 14 year old son Alec that if he kept his grades up I would sign him up for a scuba certification camp. Well, he held up his end of the bargain so off to a two week camp he went. It was a ten day camp from 8:30 to 4:30 everyday for kids from ages 10 to 17. Alec got the highest exam scores in his class and is now the proud holder of a C-card [...]

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Florida Sportsman member: Stingray2K

A super thorough Diver’s Corner Forum post from FS member Stingray2K about a recent trip spearing and fishing–great report on the action. Gags, red grouper and hogs, hogs, hogs, among other fish, made up his trip’s catch.

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Cinco de Mayo Spearing

Florida Sportsman member: SnookMagnet

Headed offshore from Marco with JoeSnook on Saturday looking for a limit of Red Groupers and we weren’t disappointed. Great weather, calm(ish) seas, and a hot bite. Put four keepers in the box via rod and reel, threw back a bunch of shorts, then strapped on the tanks and speared up the rest of our limit (plus some big grovers).

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BPK Spearin’

Florida Sportsman member: Gamekilla

Left the house around 8 a.m. and put in a spread of 4 around 150 feet, trolled out to about 600 and didnt see anything, no good weedlines, no debris…nothing.  So we head back to around 100 feet and anchored up and started chumming, nothing! It’s my first day so maybe I’m still getting warmed up but it was slow [...]

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Free Diving for Brown Bombers

Florida Sportsman member: tobyhere

We limited out. Shark Tales may look familiar to a lot of you. I was almost as stoked to drive that boat around as I was to shoot big fish. The most noteworthy thing I’d like to say about that day of diving was that my SD card was full before I shot my fish and I took it off of a school of at least 100 plus cobes following 1 shark…all 30 plus pounders. It was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen diving. Kyle from FL Freedivers said it best, “looked like a gigantic school of mullet swimming up from the bottom.” Mike wore the gopro for a long dive through some crevalle Jacks and it turned out rad [...]

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LWI Bluewater Spearing

Florida Sportsman member: Bluewaterspearo

The last couple weeks have been awesome with cobia action. The cobia are thick right now on the bulls….. Find the bulls and you will find the cobia! Morning started yesterday at 6am. We wanted to get some diving in before the front hit. Myself and 3 buddies headed out the inlet and it was very smooth ride to the cobia grounds. I was getting stoked as the water looked real blue and we jump in and its 100 ft viz! Also a raging north current at 3.5 knots [...]

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Monster Lobster Haul

Florida Sportsman member: vettepicking

Caught off Stuart 30 feet of water. Two 7 pounders and one 4 pounder. 17 bugs in total.

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Homestead Mutton’s and More

Florida Sportsman Member: Rootbeer

Went out with our friends over to Matheson for a change… Usually we have been launching out of homestead but to save some money we decided to go to Matheson since its about 15 minute drive from our house. There was cops road blocking old cutler that held us for 1 hour before they let us [...]

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    3rd times a charm! Thats going to be a yummy treat.