Natural North Florida Overcomes Hurricane Hermine

Hurricane Hermine comes ashore on Florida’s Big Bend, September 1, 2016 with minimal hurricane force winds. We’re a tough, resilient bunch in Natural North Florida.  When Hurricane Hermine hit just east of St. Marks in Wakulla and Jefferson counties on September 1, 2016 it had been a full decade since we’d had a similar event.  …

Fall Fishing on Natural North Florida’s Big Bend Flats

  The term, ‘flats’, means lots of things to lots of different anglers. Bonefishers love to sight fish over stretches of shin-deep, pure white sand or marl. Tarpon enthusiasts often find their prey on ‘flats’ that are six to eight feet deep, and everyone knows that redfish prefer shallows where the rough, rocky bottom holds …

Two More Reasons Natural North Florida’s Big Bend Coastline is Pristine

There are two reasons that the Big Bend’s Gulf waters are so well-preserved, both thanks to the folks at the University of Florida’s Nature Coast Biological Station and the area’s friend and Sea Grant Agent, Dr. Savanna Barry. In recent months, Dr. Barry realized two of her goals that are of importance to anglers and …

There’s Still One More Week to Catch A Winning Redfish in the 2016 CCA STAR Tournament

See this redfish?  It’s one of 8 I helped release in Taylor and Dixie Counties at the beginning of the 2016 CCA Star Tournament.  And until yesterday (8/27) none of those 8 had been caught.  However, last night one was caught by an angler near Pepperfish Keys in Dixie County.  Great news, huh?  Yes, that’s …

Redfish Turn Red in Tannic Creeks After Big Rains

If you’ve ever wondered why redfish (red drum) are red, head to a Gulf-facing coastal creek just after a big rainstorm.  On Florida’s Big Bend, big summer storms often bring multiple inches of rain.  It usually backs up into the swamps and filters through the coastal swamps to the Gulf, bringing significant amounts of tannin …

Our Seagrasses, And What They Mean To Big Bend Anglers (And Snorkelers!)

The largest natural preserve, our Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic Preserve is huge–almost a million square acres.  And it’s a big part of the reason that our Gulf coastal fishery is so good.  It stretches from Waccasass Bay in Levy County to St. Marks in Wakulla County and serves as a nursery for small bait fish, …

Fishing Feature: Paddle Boat Outfitters Guide

Natural North Florida’s coastline, often referred to as the “Big Bend”, is perfect for paddlers.  Whether cruising, birding, scalloping or fishing, there are a number of outfitters in our area willing to point you to the nearest launch spot.  Some of our best paddling is along the coast, but several of our rivers are worth …

Fishing Feature: Marina, Bait & Tackle Guide

The sign of a healthy fishery like the one we have in Natural North Florida is that we have lots of resources for anglers and boaters.  And it’s not only hooks, sinkers and bait!  All the shops and marinas listed below are staffed with anglers who are willing to direct you to the best (and …

Florida’s Big Bend Waters are Clean and Clear, July 2016

There’s been lots of news lately about the condition of Florida’s waters, both Gulf and Atlantic.  Yes, in the southeast, where the St. Lucie River empties into the Indian River (at Stuart) and in the southwest, where the Caloosahatchee River empties into the Gulf of Mexico, there is green algae as a result of pumping …

Fin-Fishing Options To Bay Scalloping on the Natural North Florida Gulf Coast

There’s a common misconception that all fin fishing comes to a screeching halt when recreational scallop season opens June 25 on Florida’s Big Bend. Yes, sleepy fishing villages like Keaton Beach, Steinhatchee, Horseshoe Beach, and St. Marks come to life as multitudes of visitors pump much-needed dollars into the local economies. But while scalloping is …