... and much much more.
So ... we've had an excellent spring here in the Florida Panhandle, now summer is underway and we are looking forward to a Fourth of July that will be just as excellent.
Before July 4th gets here, though, we should say a few words about scallops.
Delicious. Nutritious. Tasty. Delicate. Sweet. Succulent, FUN to catch! ... OK, maybe lots of words.
The reason we bring this up is Scallop Season in Florida is now open and will stay open through September 24, 2014.
Sometimes called a Giant Easter Egg Hunt, hunting for bay scallops can be a fun family adventure or a great adjunct to a day of fishing the bays. All you need to go scalloping is a Florida saltwater fishing license, a snorkel rig and a bag to put your catch in. Having a boat, however, is a big plus and we routinely rent out boats to scallop-hungry tourists and boat challenged locals.
We're looking forward to a great season, with all early signs pointing to surges in scallop populations all around Florida. The Panama City News Herald reported this weekend that: "The average number, or density, of scallops observed in St. Joseph Bay doubled last year as researchers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg conducted their surveys"
Scallops ... we love 'em. Stop by Wefing's to talk scallops and scalloping with Marc, Ron and Dan or give us a call to reserve a boat for your day of scalloping fun.
In our Ship's Store we stock all you'll need for a full day of scalloping and can outfit you with a boat, gear, and a bit of indispensible local knowledge to send you on your way to a full daily bag limit of some of the best scallops you will ever eat. You really should check on the local regulations before embarking on any fishing trip, you can do this for scalloping here.
However you and your family choose to spend July 4th and the Holiday Weekend, we wish you a safe and happy holiday! Picnic with friends and family, hit the beaches to see and be seen, go out boating and join in the fun of being out on the water as well as in it. After a day of fun, turn your eyes to the skies and take in one of the many fireworks shows that will be taking place around our country.
In our neck of the woods, The City of Apalachicola -- for reasons unknown to this writer -- will once again celebrate July 4th on July 3d. The day will include a morning 3 mile paddle -- sponsored by the Forgotten Coast Paddle Club and organized by the Apalachicola Maritime Museum -- down the Apalach River to Riverfront Park. In town the the festivities begin at noon with a Low Country Boil in Riverfront Park from noon to 10PM. The evening features lots of events ... from a Red, White & Blue Parade to an Ice Cream Social to live music to a Tribute to our Veterans, and of course, FIREWORKS!.
If you want to be in the Red, White and Blue parade, go to Lafayette Park before 6:30 PM. Those who choose to watch the parade can do so from Water Street between Battery Park and Riverfront Park from 7 to 7:30 pm. At 7:30 pm gather for the Ice Cream Social in Riverfront Park, (sponsored by The Piggly Wiggly). Just before dusk there will be a special tribute to our Country’s Veterans featuring the Hillside Community Choir. The fireworks begin just after dusk. Music, featuring The Tobacco Rd Band, will continue until 11 pm.
If it is to be -- as promised -- all that last year's celebration and fireworks display was and more, we can expect a fun day topped off with a thrilling spectacle in honor of our Nation's Birthday.
Then, for the more traditionalist folks who like to celebrate July 4th on, well, July 4th... there will be a parade and fireworks on St. George Island and fireworks and celebration in Carrabelle. Both on the Fourth of July.
So then, however -- or whenever -- you do it, say a Happy Birthday to Uncle Sam and have a Happy Fourth of July Holiday yourself while you are at it!
Thanks for your interest in Wefing's Marine. We'll
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