It’s Not Too Late To Prepare For the Big Bend’s 2017 Scallop Harvest

It’s June and there’s just another month until the fun begins! New dates apply for the 2017 Florida Recreational Bay Scallop Harvest, particularly in all of Dixie County and part of Taylor County.  Those two counties are the nexus of the harvest on our Natural North Florida Gulf coast. “The 2017 bay scallop season for …

Second To Only The MIghty Suwannee River–Natural North Florida’s “Minor” Rivers

It’s tough when you have to say that some of our Natural North Florida Rivers are “minor”, but the 240-mile-long Suwannee River is hard to keep out of first place.  It’s long, it’s free-flowing with no dams or obstructions, and it’s beautiful.  But there are others in our region that are smaller, but no less …

Fishing Natural North Florida? Great Resources Abound for Fresh and Salt Water Anglers!

With the longest stretch of unsettled saltwater coastline in the continental United States, one of the longest unobstructed rivers in the U.S. and the largest concentration of first magnitude springs and spring-fed streams, our 14-county Natural North Florida region holds unbelievable fishing resources. Our Gulf Coast stretches from Panacea, in Wakulla County, to Yankeetown, in …

How To Spend an Amazing Weekend in Wakulla County, Florida

Looking for vacation away from the noise and buzz of the city? Visit Wakulla County! There are so many great ways to spend your time in Wakulla. Here’s a quick guide on how to have a great Wakulla weekend. Wakulla Welcome Center Come on in and get acquainted! The Wakulla County Welcome Center in Panacea …

North Central Florida’s Newest Sporting Destination–Bass Pro Shops, Gainesville

Bass Pro Shops is more than an outdoor retail store.  It’s a destination!  The average visitor spends about 2 hours walking the aisles and experiencing the great outdoors–INDOORS! Florida’s 11th Bass Pro Shops store opened recently in Gainesville, just off Archer Road west of the intersection of I-75.  It’s planned as the anchor store of …

Snook Becoming A More Popular Fish Species Near Cedar Key, Florida

“Common Snook” are a sub-species of the general snook population and are found all over the state of Florida–except where it’s too cold!  And, historically, on Florida’s Gulf Coast they’ve not ranged much farther north than Tarpon Springs, in Pinellas County.  However, since 2007, waters and winters have warmed, and both the snook and the …

Don’t Miss Fishing Florida’s Big Bend “Halloween High Tide”!

Expect to see water flooded well into Big Bend creek during the “Halloween Tides” Fishing mid-day high tides, like the ones we’ll have the weekend of October 29 and 30 (Halloween weekend!), can be a good thing—fish move closer to shore and can’t get any farther, making it easy to catch both big reds and …

Fishing October’s Lower Tides on the Gulf Coast

One thing I can’t predict is the weather or wind, and it turned out that we had a fair amount of the latter this past weekend when Hurricane Matthew chewed up Florida’s east coast.  Big storms like Matthew produce winds on both coasts. However, it looked like our fish didn’t really care. Trout and reds …

Fishing The Big Bend Marsh–The Closer You Get, The More Reds You’ll Catch!

In the fall, high tides flood, pushing water well into the creeks and marshes all along Levy, Dixie, Taylor, Jefferson and Wakulla Counties, on Florida’s Big Bend.  We don’t have many mangroves, but we do have lots of spartina grass which offers comfort to redfish, or red drum. When the reds get back in the …

Smelly Baits–An Answer for Dark, Post-Rainy Day Big Bend Waters

When our fishing trips follow rainy days, waters drain from swamps and creeks into the Gulf, often producing dark water.  Much of that coffee-like stain is due to tannic acid from the swamps, but if there’s wind, the water can also be cloudy.  And, for the most part, you’ll find that fish have a more …