Winter Trout Tips from Keaton Beach Inshore Guide, Capt. Pat McGriff

Capt. Pat McGriff spoke at the January 2011 meeting of the Gainesville Offshore Fishing Club. Pat is a very successful inshore fishing guide, based out of Keaton Beach, on Florida’s Big Bend, in Taylor County. Here are a few of Pat’s suggestions for successful wintertime trout fishing: If you’re targeting big trout in water that’s …

Alfred B. Maclay State Park: Swimming, Canoeing, Fishing and more!

While it is most famous for its gardens, Alfred B. Maclay state park has many other activities to offer.  When the weather warms up in a few months, the recreation area on the shore of Lake Hall will be a great place for residents of the Tallahassee area to visit.  The recreation area offers several …

Wintertime Means Clear Inshore Waters on Florida’s Big Bend — Learn to Fish Them!

Take a look at my latest Florida Sportsman Big Bend Fishing4Cast.  There are some good tips on fishing the super-clear Gulf coast waters that we experience during the wintertime along Florida’s Big Bend. Also, if you’d like to read a few of my archived Big Bend Fishing4Casts, some of the 2008 columns are on my …

New Package, Discounted Rates Lure Visitors to Steinhatchee Landing Resort for Big Bend Fishing Adventure

WHO: Steinhatchee Landing Resort, a picturesque riverside retreat in North Central Florida, along with Captain Jim Henley and Saltwater Fish’n Charters WHAT: Unaffected by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Steinhatchee Landing Resort is inviting anglers to enjoy a winter fishing getaway in Florida’s Big Bend area, home to a rich Gulf estuary and healthy fish …

Holiday Gift Ideas for Fishermen

With ‘Black Friday’ and the holiday season just around the corner, I thought I’d mention a few gift items that are certain to please almost any fisherman. I’ve also included some information on price and sources. Cablz Sunglasses Holders–-These nice wire holders don’t get sweaty, smell bad, or snag on clothing. A great idea in …

Cedar Key, Florida–AKA ‘Clamalot’

Cedar Key’s reputation as a Gulf fishing destination is unparalleled.  This archipelago of small islands juts into the Gulf of Mexico about 60 miles west of Gainesville and provides fishermen excellent access to both inshore and offshore waters. In addition, Cedar Key has become one of the largest producers of clams in the U.S.  Clam …

Suwannee’s a Great Place for Fishing–and Eating!

Not only is Suwannee a great place to fish, but it’s also a great place to eat.  For breakfast, try Sarah’s and for lunch or dinner, go to Salt Creek Shellfish Company (352) 542-7072.  On a recent trip to Salt Creek, I had the soft-shell crab sandwich for lunch and a wonderful stuffed (with crab, …

How to Catch Spotted Sea Trout on Florida’s Big Bend

Spotted Sea Trout (cynoscion nebulosus) is probably the most popular game fish in Florida,  especially along the Big Bend coastline of Natural North Florida.  They are easy to catch using a variety of tackle,  and make excellent table fare.  A daily individual bag limit of 4 fish in the 15-20″ slot plus one trophy ‘gator’ …

Capt. Tommy Thompson, Natural North Florida’s Fishing, Food and Family Events Expert

Capt. Tommy Thompson is a licensed USCG charter boat captain and author of The Saltwater Anglers’s Guide to Florida’s Big Bend and Emerald Coast.  He is also the executive director of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association. As an outdoor journalist specializing in saltwater fishing, he has frequently contributed to such magazines as Florida Sportsman and …