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 …

Natural North Florida’s Weather is Perfect–But Summertime Can Be Tricky!

If you’re a visitor to our part of Florida, especially in Spring and Summer, it’s important to pay attention to the weather.  While we don’t have big cold fronts colliding with warm air and producing gale force winds or tornadoes, we do have in interesting climate.  Obviously, we’re close to both the Gulf of Mexico …

Fishing Feature: 2016 Bay Scallop Outlook on the Big Bend

On our Natural North Florida coast, in Levy, Dixie, Taylor, Jefferson and Wakulla counties, we always seem to have a healthy “crop” bay scallops during the annual summertime harvest, which lasts from June 25 to September 25.  This is no doubt due to the fact that we have crystal clear salty water under which lies …

Fishing Feature: The Importance of Lure Color and Style

Lures catch fishermen; fishermen catch fish. That’s a true statement, and while many anglers on Florida’s Big Bend lug tackle bags and boxes holding vast numbers of lures and baits, most of them have their “go-to” lures rigged and ready to fish.   Springtime flats fishing usually begins in earnest when the water temperatures get …

Fishing Feature: The Often Overlooked Waccasassa Bay, Levy County

  According to Dunnellon resident Buzz Phillips, who’s been fishing Waccasassa Bay his entire lifetime, the fishing’s not as good there as it was twenty or thirty years ago. That may be true, but the unspoiled waters reached by leaving the Waccasassa River are hard to beat when many other Big Bend ports are crowded …

Spring is Cobia Time on Florida’s Big Bend!

Our Big Bend channel markers provide good cover for predators. Proof comes in the springtime when visitors to our coastline question the appearance of boats circling almost every marker alongside the Barge Canal south of Yankeetown and either of the major channels at Cedar Key. Spring is “cobia time” and lots of anglers are on …