A Beginner’s Guide to Bay Scallop Season: Catching, Cleaning & Cooking Fresh Gulf Scallops

Scalloping is the Natural North Florida’s alternative to South Florida’s lobster season.  It’s a combination of complete madness at boat ramps and marinas, motels filled to capacity, family fun, and some of the best eating around. Here is our comprehensive guide to scalloping in Natural North Florida to prepare you for the upcoming season. Read …

A Taste of “Old Florida”: Bill’s Fish Camp at Suwannee

There are very few real “fish camps” left in Florida.  Of those that disappeared, many were sold and their valuable (and strategically placed) real estate swallowed up by developers to build pricey condos and vacation homes.  Some of that happened at Suwannee, Steinhatchee, Yankeetown and Cedar Key, but there are a few left.  On our …

Spring Warrior Fish Camp, A Great Destination on Taylor County, Florida’s Gulf Coast

Spring Warrior Fish Camp is one of the few “real” fish camps still remaining on Florida’s Gulf coast.  Located about 15 miles from Perry, it sits on Spring Warrior Creek, just a short run by boat from some of the best trout and redfishing anywhere in Florida.        

Small Town Escape: Follow That Dream Down Highway 40 to Yankeetown, Florida

If you’re driving north or south on US19/98 and find yourself in the village of Inglis, near the highway’s intersection with the Withlacoochee River, be sure to turn west on SR40, locally known as “Follow That Dream Parkway”.    Yes, Elvis was there in 1961 filming Follow That Dream, one of his most successful movies, putting …

Heading to Cedar Key, FL With Your Boat? Don’t Forget The Backwaters Near The #4 Channel

Anglers and boaters headed to Cedar Key are sometimes put off by the crowds at the downtown boat basin.  Yes, they’re closer to the Gulf of Mexico, and there’s an inside and an outside ramp.  If you use the inside ramp, you’ll be in the shallow boat basin and if your boat has a T-top …

Steinhatchee Fishing Tournament Schedule, 2016

Thanks to the folks at the Sea Hag Marina, here’s a listing of the 2016 Fishing Tournaments at Steinhatchee, in Taylor County, Florida.   Check your browser and our fishing blog as the year progresses for more information on individual tournaments!

Steinhatchee Fiddler Crab Fishing Tournament, February 13, 2016

Anglers–don’t miss this tournament!  It’s part of the 8th Annual Fiddler Crab Festival, and with a 1-3PM weigh-in at the Sea Hag Marina, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the events and to grab some great “street eats”.  The entry fee is $25 per angler, and there are sizable payouts for the winners.  Tickets …

Paddle Natural North Florida’s Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission is proud to announce the Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail was awarded designation as a National Recreation Trail during National Trails Day June 4th, 2005. The Big Bend Paddling Trail was one of 37 trails in 23 states to receive this award. National Recreation Trail designation is an honor …

Warmer Winter Afternoons Make For Great Fishing in Dixie County’s Horseshoe Cove

Sometimes the best fishing is where it’s hard to go.  That’s especially true of Horseshoe Cove, south of the Horseshoe Beach community in Dixie County.  And when the day starts out cold and warms through the early afternoon, it’s worth a trip to Horseshoe Cove! Whether you’re launching your boat at Horseshoe Beach (there are …

Fish and Scallop Florida’s Hidden Coast

Often referred to as the “Heart of Every Nature Coast,” Dixie County borders the beautiful seaside of Florida’s western shoreline. It’s an area of rich Florida history, and boasts a lifestyle that’s simpler, calmer and carefree. Although it’s historic sites are a must-see, Dixie County’s fishing and scalloping experiences cannot be matched. Here’s a recommended …