A FEW WADE OR PADDLING OPTIONS FOR FISHING NATURAL NORTH FLORIDA’S GULF COASTLINE

Updated page, originally posted 10/7/17   While Florida’s Big Bend boasts the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline in the continental United States, it has surprisingly few places one can fish without a powerboat. There are several paddleboat launches, ranging from primitive to improved, but with no beaches or barrier islands, wade-fishing is a limited option. …

Big Bend Shellfish Trail–Florida’s Working Waterfront Communities

Shellfish harvest and consumption in Florida is an important facet of the maritime heritage of many coastal towns. Natural North Florida’s Big Bend has several towns that still harbor local shellfish fisheries. These working waterfront communities are places where present day fishers carry on the traditions of past generations. The Big Bend Shellfish Trail Map …

Paddle Florida’s Big Bend Coastline At The 2017 Hidden Coast Paddling Adventure, October 11-14

If you’re an avid paddler, consider joining 99 others at the 2017 Hidden Coast Paddling Adventure.  This year’s 4 day trip will depart the Steinhatchee River and head south to Yankeetown, on the scenic Withlacoochee River.  On the trip, you’ll see wildlife and “Natural North Florida” at places like Horseshoe Beach, Suwannee, and Cedar Key.  …

Second To Only The MIghty Suwannee River–Natural North Florida’s “Minor” Rivers

It’s tough when you have to say that some of our Natural North Florida Rivers are “minor”, but the 240-mile-long Suwannee River is hard to keep out of first place.  It’s long, it’s free-flowing with no dams or obstructions, and it’s beautiful.  But there are others in our region that are smaller, but no less …

A Taste of Cedar Key–December 17, 2016

Cedar Key–A View From The Gulf It takes a lot to keep the citizens of the Cedar Key community from having a good time.  This year, a hurricane tried, but the folks there have rebounded and now plan the annual “A Taste of Cedar Key” for December 17. The event will be held at the …

Explore Cedar Key–Cedar Key Boat Rentals & Island Tours

Cedar Key is the town–the Cedar Keys is the place. This group of small islands, joined by causeways, forms a peninsula about 25 miles from US19/98 in southern Levy County. Historically, Cedar Key was a shipping center for fish, timber and wood products, including pencils made from local cedar trees.   Jutting well into to the …

Snook Becoming A More Popular Fish Species Near Cedar Key, Florida

“Common Snook” are a sub-species of the general snook population and are found all over the state of Florida–except where it’s too cold!  And, historically, on Florida’s Gulf Coast they’ve not ranged much farther north than Tarpon Springs, in Pinellas County.  However, since 2007, waters and winters have warmed, and both the snook and the …

Holey Moley–A Great Breakfast and Lunch Option at Cedar Key!

Ask just about anyone in the coastal community of Cedar Key about breakfast or lunch, and you’ll likely get “Holey Moley” as part of your answer. Located downtown at 510 Second Street, this small, friendly restaurant/diner/coffee shop is a short walk from almost any of the larger motels, condos and even the boat basin.  And …

Fishing October’s Lower Tides on the Gulf Coast

One thing I can’t predict is the weather or wind, and it turned out that we had a fair amount of the latter this past weekend when Hurricane Matthew chewed up Florida’s east coast.  Big storms like Matthew produce winds on both coasts. However, it looked like our fish didn’t really care. Trout and reds …

2016 Cedar Key Seafood Festival, October 15 and 16

The town of Cedar Key, located in western Levy County, juts into the Gulf of Mexico and has been a long-standing source of excellent seafood.  And, since the 1990’s, it’s been the epicenter of commercial clam aquaculture, recognized nation-wide.  This year, Hurricane Hermine pushed as much as 9 feet of storm surge water onto shore, …