New “User-Friendly” Dates Announced For Big Bend 2017 Recreational Bay Scallop Season

BY Tommy Thompson | Feb 11, 2017 | Events and Family Activities

In recent years, Florida’s Recreational Bay Scallop harvest rules were fairly simple.  You could “catch” your limit of these tasty morsels from the Pasco/Hernando County line to the Mexico Beach Canal from July 1 until September 24th.  Some places were better than others with regards to the size and number of scallops available.  But now, […]

How To Spend an Amazing Weekend in Wakulla County, Florida

BY Tommy Thompson | Dec 29, 2016 | Events and Family Activities

Looking for vacation away from the noise and buzz of the city? Visit Wakulla County! There are so many great ways to spend your time in Wakulla. Here’s a quick guide on how to have a great Wakulla weekend. Wakulla Welcome Center Come on in and get acquainted! The Wakulla County Welcome Center in Panacea […]

Your Guide to 55 Miles of Fun Along Natural North Florida’s Gilchrist Blueway

BY Tommy Thompson | Dec 22, 2016 | Events and Family Activities

For a Natural North Florida county that has no Gulf of Mexico coastline, Gilchrist County sure has lots of waterfront!  In fact, few of our area’s coastal counties have shoreline to match Gilchrist’s 55 miles along the Suwannee, Santa Fe and Ichetucknee rivers.  The Suwannee River begins several hundred miles from the Gulf in Georgia’s […]

“Loopers” Welcome at Steinhatchee’s Sea Hag Marina

BY Tommy Thompson | Dec 12, 2016 | Fishing and Boating

I’ve had to explain the term “Looper” to lots of folks lately.  And when I do, they’re often amazed at the feat these travelers accomplish.  Here’s concise definition (Albeit from Wikipedia, sometimes an unreliable source!) that often cite: “The Great Loop is the continuous waterway that encompasses the eastern portion of North America including the […]

Florida’s Big Bend “Trout Drought” is Over and The “Bite is On”!

BY Tommy Thompson | Dec 08, 2016 | Fish Species

The spring and summer of 2016 were not great for anglers targeting spotted sea trout.  Lots of theories persist, but the “trout drought” is over and the fishing’s really improved since late October. If you believe in sources like the Old Farmer’s Almanac, we’re going to have a cold winter. After all, they’ve been in […]

North Central Florida’s Newest Sporting Destination–Bass Pro Shops, Gainesville

BY Tommy Thompson | Nov 21, 2016 | Events and Family Activities

Bass Pro Shops is more than an outdoor retail store.  It’s a destination!  The average visitor spends about 2 hours walking the aisles and experiencing the great outdoors–INDOORS! Florida’s 11th Bass Pro Shops store opened recently in Gainesville, just off Archer Road west of the intersection of I-75.  It’s planned as the anchor store of […]

Explore Cedar Key–Cedar Key Boat Rentals & Island Tours

BY Tommy Thompson | Nov 18, 2016 | Events and Family Activities

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 […]

Wakulla County Presents Must-Visit Communities That Are Off The Beaten Path.

BY Tommy Thompson | Nov 10, 2016 | Events and Family Activities

Unspoiled by over-commercialized attractions and devoid of a hectic atmosphere, Wakulla County presents must-visit communities that are off the beaten path. Sopchoppy is a cozy-old Florida community on the southwest edge of Wakulla County that reminds visitors of Mayberry and easier times. The GF&A railroad referred to fondly as the “Gopher, Frog & Alligator” ran […]

Visit Wakulla County’s Natural Attractions

BY Tommy Thompson | Nov 10, 2016 | Events and Family Activities

Unspoiled by over-commercialized attractions and devoid of a hectic atmosphere, Wakulla County provides a natural getaway. Rich in history, wildlife and adventures that include hiking, biking, kayaking, boating, fishing and snorkeling, Wakulla County is the destination for families to enjoy quality time together. The Gulf Specimen Aquarium in Panacea is the perfect place for kids […]

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

BY Tommy Thompson | Nov 10, 2016 | Fishing and Boating

“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 […]

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