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 …

Cool-Weather Seatrout Tactics for Florida’s Big Bend

There’s no doubt that the spotted seatrout is the most popular of all the game fish we catch along our Big Bend coast.  These fish are plentiful, relatively easy to catch, and make fine table fare.  With the season now open all year, a daily bag limit of 5 fish (all over 15-inches; one over …

Don’t have a boat? Give Cedar Key’s fishing pier a try!

You may not catch a grouper or a king mackerel from the pier, but its location on the south end of town and its proximity to some deeper water makes it productive–and fun–for the boat-less angler.  It’s free, has bathrooms and is close to town and parking.  You’ll likely catch inshore species like ladyfish, black …

Springtime Fish Species Showing Up At Cedar Key–En Masse!

According to local Cedar Key guide, Capt. Jimbo Keith, Spanish mackerel, cobia and tarpon are making an early appearance at Cedar Key.  Jimbo fishes from Cedar Key’s downtown boat basin, but many of the areas he’s finding fish can easily be accessed from Suwannee, Shell Mound, or the public boat ramp up the Waccasassa River.  …

CEDAR KEY GUIDE–Comprehensive Eco-Tourism Guide!

Take a look at this!  CEDAR KEY GUIDE is the most comprehensive Eco-Tourism Guide to Cedar Key ever published–anywhere!  You’ll find information on kayaking from “Tom Yakker” Tom Liebert and on-the-water information from Capt. Doug Maple.  There’s also information on local marine life, events, maps and links to information about this “gem” of a coastal …

Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve

See one of  Florida’s most unique, and most threatened ecosystems at Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve.  Scrub habitats are easy to spot, because they look like a patch of beach or desert even though you’re nowhere near the water.  Scrub habitats resemble mini-islands, because when Florida was still mostly underwater, these bits of scrub are …

Florida’s Big Bend Anglers to Benefit From New Rules for Spotted Seatrout

Essentially, what this means to our Gulf coastline (in Levy, Dixie, Taylor, Jefferson and Wakulla Counties) is that the February closure has been eliminated.  Now, anglers fishing from Yankeetown, Waccasassa, Cedar Key, Suwannee, Horseshoe Beach, Steinhatchee, Keaton Beach, Econfina, Spring Warrior, St. Marks and Panacea have an extra month to fish.  February has traditionally been …

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 …

Join the Star Party at Cedar Key

Cedar Key’s annual astronomy event January 31-February 4 welcomes the public to scan the skies of the Gulfside town, where the lack of light pollution creates a star-gazer’s paradise. Volunteer astronomers will host free stargazing events at the Cedar Key Museum State Park on January 31 and February 4 with a slide show at 7 …

Gulf Seafood is the Perfect Choice For Big Bend Visitors!

Fresh Gulf seafood has had some bad press recently.  However, since the April 2010 Gulf oil spill, inspection routines have been perfected to such a point that Gulf seafood is probably better inspected than ever before.  If you’re headed out to our Gulf coast, particularly to St. Marks, Panacea, Steinhatchee, Horseshoe Beach, Suwannee or Cedar …