25th Annual Perry Optimist Saltwater Fishing Tournament, Taylor County, FL—May 7, 2016

The Optimist Club of Perry’s 25th Annual Saltwater Fishing Tournament promises to be special!  Anglers can fish from 7AM in the Gulf waters out of Steinhatchee, Keaton Beach and Econfina.  There’s a $50 per angler entry fee, but the prizes to be won are huge. Largest seatrout, $3000 2nd Largest seatrout, $1000 3rd Largest seatrout, …

Spring Warrior Fish Camp, A Great Destination on Taylor County, Florida’s Gulf Coast

Spring Warrior Fish Camp is one of the few “real” fish camps still remaining on Florida’s Gulf coast.  Located about 15 miles from Perry, it sits on Spring Warrior Creek, just a short run by boat from some of the best trout and redfishing anywhere in Florida.        

2016 Trout Madness at Steinhatchee’s Sea Hag Marina Ends 3/31

There’s just one more month to enter and win the Sea Hag Marina’s February/March Trout Madness Contest!  Just catch a big trout, have it weighed and photographed back at the marina by an employee, and be eligible to win a $100 Sea Hag Gift Certificate.  There’s no entry fee, and you can enter once a …

Trolling For Trout–A Favorite Big Bend Wintertime Fishing Technique

Many of the Gulf-facing creeks along our Big Bend coastline are as wide and deep as our smaller rivers.  Three good examples are Barnett and Dan May creeks, in Levy County near Suwannee, and Dallus Creek, in Taylor County.  And slow-trolling lures, especially MirrOlures, is a time-tested method used by local anglers to catch fat …

Warmer Winter Afternoons Make For Great Fishing in Dixie County’s Horseshoe Cove

Sometimes the best fishing is where it’s hard to go.  That’s especially true of Horseshoe Cove, south of the Horseshoe Beach community in Dixie County.  And when the day starts out cold and warms through the early afternoon, it’s worth a trip to Horseshoe Cove! Whether you’re launching your boat at Horseshoe Beach (there are …

Hungry For A Trout Dinner–Fish Suwannee’s Barnett and Dan May Creeks This Winter!

There are lots of deep holes in creeks and rivers all along our Natural North Florida Gulf coastline, but few are as easily accessed as Dan May and Barnett Creeks.  These creeks are big–as big as many of our coastal rivers–and hold swarms of fat spotted seatrout during cold winter days.   There are several excellent …

A Natural North Florida Winter Traditon– Trout in Suwannee’s Coastal Creeks

There are probably no two wintertime trout spots on Florida’s Big Bend more famous than Dan May and Barnett creeks, south of the Suwannee River.   These are not piddling little ditches draining small patches of coastline, but big creeks that rival some of Florida rivers in overall size and tidal flow. January‘s deepening winter usually …

The “411” on Fishing Steinhatchee’s North Shore in Winter Months

The close-in coastline south of Steinhatchee often gets more than its fair share of attention by anglers, especially during the cool early-winter months. There are, of course, a couple of good reasons. First, the bottom is rockier there, providing shelter and warmth for the bait fish and crustaceans that are of interest to inshore species …

“Christmas Trout” on Natural North Florida’s Big Bend

On our Big Bend, in warmer months, slot-sized spotted seatrout tend to roam the grass-covered bottom from Yankeetown to St. Marks, feeding on pinfish, shrimp and just about anything that gets within range. That includes a myriad of artificial lures and baits, ranging from soft plastics rigged under popping corks to hard-bodied lures, retrieved with …

Sneak Off to the Big Bend’s Big Trout Rivers This Fall and Winter

In recent years, the days between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day have almost become one long ‘holiday vacation’. With the exception of the retail sector, folks seem to slow down, work shorter days, and even sneak away during the middle of the week to take advantage of excellent cool-weather trout fishing. Cool weather and waters …