Capt. Tommy Thompson, Natural North Florida’s Fishing, Food and Family Events Expert

Capt. Tommy Thompson is a licensed USCG charter boat captain and author of The Saltwater Anglers’s Guide to Florida’s Big Bend and Emerald Coast.  He is also the executive director of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association. As an outdoor journalist specializing in saltwater fishing, he has frequently contributed to such magazines as Florida Sportsman and Shallow Water Angler.  He currently writes the weekly online Big Bend Fishing4Cast for and the monthly Big Bend Action Spotter column for Florida Sportsman magazine.  His  book, The Saltwater Angler’s Guide to Tampa Bay and Southwest Florida was published in 2011 by the University Press of Florida.

If it’s about food in our region, Tommy Thompson likely either knows about it–or has eaten it.  Expect to hear about local delicacies, from Cedar Key clams to Steinhatchee stone crabs to Cross Creek frog legs to wine from regional vineyards.  And it’s not just about the raw ingredients, but the places that serve them.  And there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to stay on your diet!

Tommy also writes our family events posts and “Off the Beaten Path” itineraries. He believes that lots of places in Natural North Florida are historical–and many are just hysterical! Whether it’s music festivals, seafood tastings, seasonal celebrations or just plain “having fun” that interests you, look for his posts in our travel blogs.

Tommy also serves The Original Florida Tourism Task Force as an appointed board member from Alachua County.

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