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Scalloping and Kayaking in Steinhatchee

Fri-Sun, 7/19-21, 6:00pm Kayaking and Scalloping on the Steinhatchee River:

Payment must be received by Sat. May 18th or you will be removed from the RSVP list

Good news. Even though July has been booked solid at this point, we were fortunate to learn that two boats became available. What’s even better is that Mike and Susan, who last year showed us such gracious hospitality, are offering lodging in their home on the river and in a new house they recently purchased located just down the street. The cost per person for housing is $45.00. Each house has a king, queen, and full size bed. The beds are shared and one person will have to sleep on the floor.

Ideal Marine, owned by Jeff and Charlene, who retired after many years of running a boat rental in Steinhatchee got bored and started a new business have. They have a 24’ pontoon boat. Our other boat will be operated by the owners which will be our guide boat. This is a recent change to help guard against possible damage to the pontoon boat. Because of this our boat cost has increased $5.00 to $40.00 for the boat rental.

Snorkeling for scallops is fun and easy. You hardly need to dip your head below water to pick them up from the grass in 4’ to 5’ of water. After cleaning them when we get back, the five gallon limit is usually enough for a good meal. One of the local restaurants will cook them for us. They don’t get any fresher than that. Bring your own kayak or rent one for the trip down the Steinhatchee River. Cost for renting one is around $20. to $30. We’ll head back sometime Sunday afternoon.


Check out www.steinhatchee.com for general information about the area, scalloping, pictures, videos and a river cam.

If you use Paypal send as to a friend or mail a check for $85.00 to Dan. Email me if you need a mailing address. Payment is due within one week after your reservation is made. If you need to cancel, please do so as soon as possible in order to allow others the opportunity to go. You will also need a Salt Water Fishing License for this trip which can be purchased at http://myfwc.com/license/ for $17.00. Expenses for the trip would be $85. - boat and lodging, $17. - fishing license, $30. - kayak rental, Total cost is $137.00 plus your food, drink and gas.

We will leave McDonalds at 454 Cassett Ave. 32205 at 6:15 for the 2:30 drive to Steinhatchee and stop in Live Oak for dinner at a great Bar-B-Q place.

Dan Woolf (904)[masked], Email: [masked]

*** NO MORE ROOM LEFT ON THIS TRIP? NOT TO WORRY! ***

Knowing this is a popular trip and there are many more who would like to go, two more trips have been scheduled. August 9-11th. and September 6-8th.

Look for them to be posted soon.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    What a fun video of our trip. Now everyone has a how to scalloping video....thank you!

    1 · August 8, 2013

  • Joni B.

    Really fun to watch the video, Steve. Thanks for posting! We went from sunshine to cold rain and a "whiteout" but never stopped laughing and having fun.

    August 8, 2013

  • anne marie m.

    Thankls for the video, Steve. It was fun to watch. I hope to see you all again on another adventure!

    1 · August 8, 2013

  • Dan W.

    Great video Steve, you got some good shots and I know you put a lot into the editing.

    1 · August 8, 2013

  • Steve

    Dan, thanks for organizing a fantastic trip. Check out the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2h304h8LXQ&feature=em-upload_owner

    2 · August 7, 2013

  • Marta W.

    Thanks Dan for a great weekend! From start (sampling chitlings -horrible) to finish (yet to come Friday evening), we were creating memories. Can't describe how good the broiled scallops caught by our group were when we ate them at Roy's. I'll never forget our paddle on the Steinhatchee River Sunday with 5 or 6 out of the 12 kayaks turning over in the 12' over high, rushing river -- running into limbs where we would normally go under them. My flip was the most expensive: losing my remote key ($203) from my dry sack and my camera getting wet (will need a new one) even though it was in an Otterbox. .... happens! I appreciate those of you who helped me back into my kayak in the middle of the rushing waters. And, what about the gator which arrived on the dock next to where we had just gotten off the river?

    2 · July 23, 2013

  • Karen M M.

    What a FANTASTIC trip...thanks so much, Dan, for all your hard planning work!!!! The accommodations were extremely comfortable and homey, the scalloping was incredible and the kayaking, well it certainly was a challenge!!! We all made it home, safe & sound, and full of great memories. It was a great group of Sidetrackers to be with and I would recommend this trip to everyone!!!

    1 · July 23, 2013

  • Dan W.

    I enjoyed every ones company and learned a lot. Like high, fast rivers can be dangerous and we need to have more planning and safety briefings. I'm so glad we had some excitement and no one got hurt. We dogged the rain and got enough scallops to eat thanks in most part to the expertise of Cliff and Lori. A great big thank you to Susan for her generosity, beautiful accommodations and help when ever needed. And thanks to all you Sidetrackers for a really fun trip.

    1 · July 21, 2013

  • Joni B.

    I had so much fun and the scalloping, kayaking is only topped by the company I was in. Thank you all for making it a great time.

    1 · July 21, 2013

  • sue

    It was good, I had a wonderful time. .I really like scalloping. .so very kool snorkeling

    1 · July 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great fun and people!

    1 · July 21, 2013

  • Joni B.

    Anyone want to car pool?

    July 15, 2013

    • CC

      I need Joni's address. ASAP text me at[masked]

      July 19, 2013

    • CC

      Thanks everyone I got the address then I'm on my way

      1 · July 19, 2013

  • Marta W.

    I'll fix hash browns for a breakfast.

    July 18, 2013

  • Karen M M.

    I was just reading the state site regarding bay scalloping, and the limit per person is 2 gallons in shell...boy that doesn't seem like much meat when shelled....maybe we can unload and go back for more?? LOL

    July 18, 2013

    • sue

      With or without the shell

      July 18, 2013

    • Karen M M.

      Lol....I was kidding, David...I saw where the limits were daily. :-)

      July 18, 2013

  • CC

    Would anyone like to carpool from my house. I'm 8.6 miles from the McDonalds. We can take any car but I have a Saturn that gets good gas mileage but its not a big car. I live around 295 and 103rd. Just give me a call or text[masked]

    July 18, 2013

  • CC

    I think I will bring some fruit and more orange juice for the breakfast

    July 18, 2013

  • sue

    Ok count down. .so very much looking forward to all of the weekend. .all of you are so much fun to be with

    July 18, 2013

  • vic c.

    Ok ladies ,pass the word around to any female wishing to learn fishing , there's a fishing seminar monday 15 at 6 pm at the Strike Zone ,plz register with them

    1 · July 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sometimes other charter captains attend these seminars. You can trash talk or go learn something.

      July 13, 2013

    • Karen M M.

      Ahhh....fishing...been doing it for as long as I can remember!!!! I am not an expert down here, but I am learning...especially kayak fishing!!

      July 18, 2013

  • Karen M M.

    I have 2 doz eggs and 2 lbs bacon and maybe a melon or 2...

    July 18, 2013

  • Susan Kahrnoff R.

    I will bring instant oatmeal and accompanyments, milk and bananas.

    July 17, 2013

  • anne marie m.

    I'll bring my Keruig coffee maker, coffee amd cereal. Are both houses dining together for breakfast?

    July 17, 2013

    • Dan W.

      They have a coffee maker and filters but bring yours if you like. Yes, we will be eating together in one of the two houses.

      July 17, 2013

  • Joni B.

    I'll bring some pancake mix (second day?) with syrup plus half and half (never can have too much...). Reading through the comments makes my usual breakfast look dim! Looking forward to the weekend.

    1 · July 17, 2013

  • sue

    I will bring sausage , biscuits and coffee

    July 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bringing half and half,bread and butter for toast.maybe some apple butter,too.

    July 16, 2013

  • Dan W.

    Hi Gang,

    I'm looking forward to and excited about the scalloping trip this weekend. Don't forget your snorkel gear and a mesh bag if you have one, but they have extras if you don't so no need to buy one. There is a king, double and two twin beds in each house. That means two people will have to sleep on the floor. I'm bringing my air mattress and sleeping bag. If one or two people could bring a cot or sleeping bag we will be good with sleeping arrangements.

    Bring something to drink and something to much on while on the boat and in between meals. We will cook breakfast Saturday and Sunday so if you could volunteer to bring something to contribute that would be great. I'll bring a dozen and half eggs and coffee.

    Some people have arranged to carpool. If you would like to carpool post a message on the board. I live in Arlington near JU so if someone would like to meet at my house I have couple of seats available.

    Dan [masked]

    July 16, 2013

    • Steve

      I will bring 2qts OJ and 30 slices of bacon

      July 16, 2013

    • Sandy

      I will bring a mix of bagels\cc and fruit. Will also bring an air mattress and sleeping bag.

      July 16, 2013

  • vic c.

    Just checked the florida fishing forum for scallop report, its awesome everybody is limiting out by noon!!

    1 · July 15, 2013

  • vic c.

    Dan what do we need to bring for the the kitchen, coffee/creamer breakfaar items?

    July 14, 2013

    • anne marie m.

      I have a Keruig coffee maker. I would be glad to bring it.

      1 · July 15, 2013

  • Marta W.

    I appreciate Vic letting us know about the class. I really want to learn to fish as I have never been around too many fishermen -- mostly golfers and hunters. I still get my line tangled!

    July 13, 2013

  • Marta W.

    Oh, one must sign up through Florida Sportswomen.

    July 13, 2013

  • Marta W.

    Thanks Vic! I have signed up, but have not received my confirmation yet.

    July 13, 2013

  • Susan Kahrnoff R.

    Hi. I am driving a Doge, Ram, extended cab, short bed, pick up truck. I am looking for one more person to ride with Karen Montgomery, Sue Motkowski, and myself and to help with gas. We will have three kayaks, at least one large cooler and a piece of luggage each. Please call me at[masked]

    July 8, 2013

    • anne marie m.

      Hey Susan! Count me in! Ill ride with you girls! Looking forward to it

      July 8, 2013

    • Karen M M.

      Oh cool.....this promises to be a very fun trip!!!!

      July 11, 2013

  • Joni B.

    I assume we bring mask, flippers, mesh bag... and camping needs?

    June 29, 2013

  • Marta W.

    I really look forward to this trip as I would vote it the Best Florida Sidetracker Trip of 2012.

    2 · May 8, 2013

  • sue

    Wonderful. .easy. .better

    June 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just read the FWC scallop survey. Steinhatchie up by 50% over last year. Crystal river doubled. Could be easier picking this year.

    2 · June 29, 2013

  • Marta W.

    I was in Ross at Kernan & Atlantic about an hour ago, and they had a women's Body Glove short wetsuit for about $25.00. It was too small for me -- don't recall the smallest that it would fit, but the top fit was someone 5'6" and 130#.

    June 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    +1

    May 24, 2013

  • Karen M M.

    I am on the waiting list for this trip. I read where the payment deadline is May 18. If there is an opening AFTER that date, would I still be offered a spot?

    May 14, 2013

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