Taylor County Florida Artificial Reefs!

Just in time for summer and some great offshore fishing! Taylor County’s offshore marine environment draws diving and fishing enthusiasts from all over the Southeast. With over 50 miles of coastline, Taylor County is in a position to reap major recreational and economic benefits from a successful artificial reef program Volunteers are the heart of …

Steinhatchee is all about recreational fishing!

Steinhatchee is all about recreational fishing.  Just a short drive from US19/98, this one-ramp fishing village sits at the mouth of the Steinhatchee River, which empties into the Gulf of Mexico between Cedar Key and St. Marks.  What’s between Cedar Key and St. Marks?  Not much—thus the popularity of Steinhatchee to anglers from far and …

Fish Shired Island, near Horseshoe Beach in Dixie County, Florida

I always thought Horseshoe Beach was an out-of-the-way and rather desolate spot to begin a fishing trip—until I discovered Shired Island.  Located about 5 miles south of Horseshoe Beach at the southern end of Horseshoe Cove, mile-long Shired Island is likely an ancient kitchen midden composed of discarded shells.  Prehistoric Americans no doubt found plenty …

Wade Fishing in Natural North Florida

I’m fortunate to have fished much of Florida’s shallow shoreline, and have noticed one big difference between our Big Bend and the rest of the state’s west and north Gulf coast—a decided scarcity of wading spots that are accessible to those without boats.    The advantage that non-Big Benders have is barrier islands and their beaches.  …

How do successful anglers find bait and the predators that prey upon it?

Anglers of all skill levels sometimes have trouble spotting bait, a critical element in the “fish-catching” equation.  Here’s a hint of what to look for on Florida’s Big Bend: Calm, still waters like we often have on fall days, make it easy to spot jumping or schooling mullet. And when it’s calm, even small schools …

Anglers Count! Try the new iAngler App from angleraction.org

Snook are a popular game fish in Florida, but rarely do they roam as far north as the waters we in Original Florida call home.  However, this year there have been a great number of snook catches in Cedar Key and Suwannee than ever before, likely due to our warm winters over the past few …

Fishing in Hot Weather? How Much Ice is Too Much Ice?

From the April 15-17, 2011 Florida Sportsman Big Bend Fishing4Cast, by Tommy Thompson With the temperatures getting close to the low ‘90s over the past weekend, it’s time for anglers to start thinking about ice. Not ice as a result of weather, but ice to protect and preserve the fish you catch. Did you ever …

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 …