I recently had the opportunity to take a Florida road trip with an old but new acquainted friend to go fishing in a very unique way. You may have heard of the term “diver scallops”, well this is exactly what I had a chance to do. Now, I’m not against working a bit for my food but scallop diving was real work!! Don’t get me wrong, I had a BLAST with the whole process, especially the end result of cooking and eating the utterly delicious fruits of my labor.
That said, the staff at RiverSafaris in Homosassa, FL couldn’t have been more helpful and accommodating. Our first scheduled reservation in August was rained out and they gladly allowed us to reschedule without hesitation and saved us the 4 hour drive there and back. Captain Phil was an expert at helping us navigate the sea grass to find these sweet little gems. On the trip back with our half full bag of scallops, most of which were painstakingly harvested by my diving partner and expert videographer, Tom MacKnight, Capt. Phil directed us to several spots to get our scallops shucked. We opted to do them ourselves but I assure you next time I will take advantage of those services. For those of you have shucked any kind of oyster or clam, you know what I’m talking about. It’s fun and educational for the first 2 or 3, then becomes a bit tedious. All I was thinking the whole time was, “When am I going to get to eat”, lol.
I hope you enjoy this small “Bite” of this once in a lifetime trip!!!
Special thanks to Tom MacKnight of tmacProductions.com for the great video footage
All in all, I highly recommend RiverSafaris. They also have a variety of other services including Manatee Tours, which I will be experiencing this November when the huge “water hippos” make their way back to the warmer waters of the Homosassa River. Stay tuned for that trip later this year.
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