“Good Vibrations”–All About Making a Racket While Fishing Florida’s Big Bend Shallows

Someone asked me the other day about my favorite lure color. Of course, my standard answer is, “light colors for clear water and dark colors for stained waters.” That’s probably a good general summary, but I remarked that while color (and smell) is important, noise might be a bigger factor in getting fish to bite …

The Gulf Oil Spill, Its Effects on Florida’s Big Bend Fishing, One Year Later

As the one-year anniversary of the ‘Gulf Oil Spill’ and tragedy approaches on April 20, 2011, lots of folks, including potential visitors to Florida, are asking about the oil, fishing and the present quality of Gulf of Mexico waters. Yes, there were reports last year of oil ‘globs’ on a few beaches along Florida’s Panhandle, …

The Gilchrist Club–26,000 Acres in the Heart of Gilchrist County

Gilchrist County prides itself in having only one traffic light, but that’s not all!  It also has one of the nicest private hunting and fishing clubs in the state of Florida, the Gilchrist Club.  More of an ‘estate’, the club encompasses almost 27,000 acres of prime managed forests and uplands.  There’s upscale lodging for members, …

Get Outdoors Florida! Targets ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’–We’ve Got the Cure!

Come to Natural North Florida and get cured of ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’. The Get Outdoors Florida! coalition is an union of public and private partners that include federal and state land managers; state conservation, health, and education agencies; educators; healthcare providers; non-profits, and businesses. These groups realize an imperative need to reconnect communities, families and …

Visit the Easton-Newberry Archery Center

The Easton-Newberry Sports Complex is all about athletics, especially archery!  Indoor and outdoor archery events and tournaments are scheduled here year-round.  Participate or just come and enjoy watching other shoot.  They welcome beginners, seasoned competitors or folks just wanting to hone their archery skills.  This is a world class facility with a professional staff and …

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 …

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, …

A Taste of Wakulla County’s Gulf of Mexico Coastline

As fishermen, we typically focus pretty tightly on the task at hand–catching fish.  However, the fish we catch and take home (or photograph and release) are sometimes different from the species that we eat at local restaurants.  If you’re in Panacea, St. Marks–or any other place in Wakulla County, you’ll likely be fishing in some …

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’ …