Suwannee River Paddling Festival, April 5-7, 2019

If you’re an avid paddler, you don’t want to miss this event.  There are several 8-12 mile options on both the Suwannee River and the upper Withlacoochee River, all departing from Suwannee River State Park.  In addition to the many paddling opportunities, attendees will experience kayak and canoe demonstrations, a  silent auction, as well as …

2019 Florida Big Bend Bay Scallop Harvest Season Announced and Scallopers Are Optimistic!

Florida has one of the few recreational scallop harvests in the US, and it’s all centered around Natural North Florida’s Big Bend.  While the scallop region extends from Gulf County (in the panhandle) to the Anclote Key lighthouse (off Tarpon Springs), the epicenter of the harvest is in Dixie and Taylor counties, west of Gainesville. …

Cedar Key, Workout On Waterfront Run/Paddle, Saturday March 16, 2019

Come visit Cedar Key for the day and participate in the 3rd Annual Workout on Waterfront festivities.  Sponsored by the City of Cedar Key, the event aims to inform visitors about Cedar Key’s goal to become one of the cleanest and most-visitor friendly waterfronts in Florida. Events include the BowWoW run/walk with your leashed pooch, …

Float The Santa Fe River, Then Enjoy Music at Rum 138 Outfitters, March 2, 2019, In Fort White, FL

  Doug Jipson and Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson’s Rum138 Outfitters has become a gathering spot for paddlers and music lovers in southern Columbia County.  Located on CR138 (off US27, west of High Springs) at the corner of Rum Island Road, the building houses a thriving canoe and kayak rental/livery as well as some spectacular art. Out back, …

“It’s All About Da Crab” at the 11th Annual Steinhatchee Fiddler Crab Festival, February 15-17, 2019

        I remember the very first Steinhatchee Fiddler Crab Festival.  The community stuck it’s neck out, en masse, with a fishing tournament, a few food trucks, a chili cook-off, music and of course, fiddler crab races.  And it poured rain!  But in spite of the bad weather, the crowds magically appeared.  I …

Florida’s 2019 Recreational Scallop Season, at Steinhatchee, Opens June 15th….Reserve Your Lodging at Sea Hag Marina 1/1/19~

  Scallop Season dates in Steinhatchee are June 15th-Sept. 10th! We will open our reservation calendars for Scallop Season 2019 on January 1st, 2019! (352) 498-3008 www.seahag.com

Sheepshead–A Favorite Cool Weather Nearshore Fish Species on Natural North Florida’s Gulf Coast

Inshore and nearshore fishing along Florida’s Gulf Coast has as much to do with economics as it does with species. Of course, many inshore anglers long to be aboard a big sport fishing boat trolling the depths of the Gulf for fish of mammoth proportions. The reality, however, of a round trip that has fuel …

Winter Fishing’s Best Bet–Spotted Seatrout on Florida’s Natural North Florida’s Gulf Coast

I’m no expert on spotted seatrout biology or mortality, but for some reason the Big Bend saw a decided decline in that fishery this past year. At first, trout were scarce from Tampa Bay to Apalachicola, and then they started to bite. However, anglers catching a hundred a day only caught three or four keepers. …

Free* Kayak Eco Tours at Cedar Key

Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Paul King, a Florida Coastal Master Naturalist, Tom Liebert at Kayak Cedar Keys and the folks at the University of Florida’s Nature Coast Biological Station,  visitors can arrange free guided kayak Eco-tours of the area around the Cedar Key archipelago. Paddlers may bring their own boats or rent from …

Get Hooked At The Gulf Coast Kayak Fishing Fall Tournament, October 13, 2018

Please not that this event has been postponed due to Hurricane Michael. You don’t want to miss this event!  If you’re a “yakker”, you need to paddle the backwaters of Taylor County and fish this tournament.  It’s a “catch, photo and release” format, hoping to conserve our inshore fish stocks.  The Gulf Coast Kayaking Club …