Paddle Natural North Florida’s Springs and Spring-Fed Rivers

With our abundant springs, spring runs and spring-fed rivers, the Natural North Florida region is the perfect place to spend a lazy day paddling. In the southern regions, there are several springs that feed the mighty Suwannee River.  County parks at Otter Springs and Hart Springs attract paddlers to their quiet waters.  The State Parks …

Try Kayak Fishing in the Wakulla Backwaters

Last weekend I left my flats skiff behind in Steinhatchee and joined a couple of other outdoor writers in Wakulla County for a kayak-fishing adventure. Of course, over the years, I’ve made numerous trips out of St. Marks, Panacea and Spring Creek, but never had much chance to fish the shallow, close-in flats and inshore …

Try Yankeetown For An “Old Florida” Fishing Experience

As winter comes to an end at Yankeetown and southern Levy County, game fish move from the confines and protection of the Withlacoochee River and it’s feeder creeks into the bays.  There, they await the first appearance of bait fish and pause to enjoy the warmth of the dark bottom of Waccasassa and Withlacoochee Bays.  …

Fish The Wild, Wild Waters of Central Taylor County, Florida

The Taylor County Gulf shoreline is hardly “civilized”, but if you compare the area between Steinhatchee and Keaton Beach to that north of Keaton Beach, you’ll find a vast difference.  Heading northwest from Keaton Beach,  you’ll see a few homes and settlements at places like Dekle Beach and Adams Beach, but from there on, it’s …

Don’t Have a Boat? Try Shoreline Fishing.

Grab your rod & reel and head outdoors for some shoreline fishing! All you need as a Florida resident is a shoreline fishing license before fishing from the shore or a pier, bridge or jetty attached to the shore. If you are a member of a group that is exempted from the license requirements or …

Kayak Steinhatchee in Taylor County, Florida

We’ve come full circle.  Now, modern interpretations of eons-old paddle craft are the latest rage when it comes to fishing.  Many are as simple as rafts and others, like Hobie’s Master Angler 12, are fitted with modern conveniences like cozy seats, pedal or electric drives, depth sounders, and even live wells.   But no matter your …

Looking for Some Great Inshore Fall Fishing Action? Give Cedar Key at Try!

“Cedar Key” isn’t just one island, but the name given to the archipelago of the Cedar Keys, on the westernmost edge of Florida’s Levy County. What makes the fishing so good at Cedar Key, particularly in the windy fall months, is that there’s always somewhere to get out of the way of the weather.  The …

Don’t Have A Fishing Boat Or A Kayak? Rent One!

Not everyone’s lucky (or unlucky!) enough to own their own fishing boat or kayak.  However, renting is an option at several ports in Natural North Florida.  Whether you fish, scallop or just want to go for a boat ride, renting may be right for you.  It’s always nice to return to the dock and simply …

Consider a Fishing Vacation at Horseshoe, Florida’s Last Frontier

If you’re looking for a laid-back, peaceful vacation spot, consider Horseshoe Beach, on Florida’s Big Bend.  Located between Steinhatchee and the town of Suwannee, Horseshoe Beach considers itself “Florida’s Last Frontier”.  But don’t worry about the lack of something to do–especially if you fish! The waters near Horseshoe Beach are uncrowded and the fish are …

Guided Paddle Tours in Cedar Key

The stick floating in the water sure was wriggling a lot. I had thought it was a stick, anyway. Then my guide told me it was a snake. Why was a snake swimming a mile off the coast of Cedar Key? It had clearly bitten off more than it could chew (figuratively, thank goodness) and …