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Scallop season starts with a crowd

Star Staff Report

The Frank Pate boat ramp area was filled to capacity Sunday as the 2020 scallop harvest season kicked off in St. Joseph Bay.

Boat trailers spilled into the parking lot of the former First Baptist Church and into George Core Park

On Memorial Day weekend, on July Fourth Weekend, 110-125 boat trailers could be counted around the ramp.

At one time, Sunday morning, 214 boat trailers could be counted around the Frank Pate Park boat ramp

Sunday, more than 210 were counted at the height of the morning and the Bay was filled with boats, folks wading in, some with nets, and general enjoyment as the season, which ends Sept. 24, got underway

The water was clear, the boat ramp clogged on the first day of scallop season
Scallop season started with a bang Sunday, evidenced by the boat trailers in the area of the Frank Pate Park boat ramp