Suwannee’s a Great Place for Fishing–and Eating!

Not only is Suwannee a great place to fish, but it’s also a great place to eat.  For breakfast, try Sarah’s and for lunch or dinner, go to Salt Creek Shellfish Company (352) 542-7072.  On a recent trip to Salt Creek, I had the soft-shell crab sandwich for lunch and a wonderful stuffed (with crab, …

A Taste of Wakulla County’s Gulf of Mexico Coastline

As fishermen, we typically focus pretty tightly on the task at hand–catching fish.  However, the fish we catch and take home (or photograph and release) are sometimes different from the species that we eat at local restaurants.  If you’re in Panacea, St. Marks–or any other place in Wakulla County, you’ll likely be fishing in some …

‘Look Around At Shell Mound!’ Article in November 2010 Florida Sportsman magazine.

Whenever anyone asks me to recommend some Gulf fishing waters that are protected from early winter winds, the Shell Mound backwaters north of Cedar Key always seem to top my list.  Located about 10 miles north of the town of Cedar Key and halfway to the town of Suwannee, Shell Mound offers visitors not only …

How to Catch Spotted Sea Trout on Florida’s Big Bend

Spotted Sea Trout (cynoscion nebulosus) is probably the most popular game fish in Florida,  especially along the Big Bend coastline of Natural North Florida.  They are easy to catch using a variety of tackle,  and make excellent table fare.  A daily individual bag limit of 4 fish in the 15-20″ slot plus one trophy ‘gator’ …

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 …

Welcome to Natural North Florida!

Our twelve-county region is rich in natural beauty, geologic wonders, rivers, springs and miles of untouched Gulf of Mexico coastline.  And for those of you less inclined to head outdoors, there are events and activities almost every day, and in almost any corner of the region,  for visitors of all ages.  We hope you’ll enjoy …