Fish Natural North Florida’s “Dog Head” in Taylor County Gulf Waters

  Each fall, anglers departing Steinhatchee or Keaton Beach ask me about the best place to drift and catch spotted seatrout. My standard answer is “Dog Head”. A staple of our Big Bend fishery, seatrout hang out over lush grass beds, hunting for the pinfish, white bait and crustaceans that swim there. And successful anglers, …

The Best Fishing at Suwannee—and Maybe At Cedar Key—Suwannee Sound

October’s cooling waters seem to have a positive effect on the fishing in Suwannee Sound, the stretch of rugged coastline between the mouth of the Suwannee River and Cedar Key. Keeper seatrout have moved off the deep flats. While not yet holed up in the rivers and creeks, they’re moving closer to shore, especially around …

Natural North Florida’s Three “F’s” (Fall Flats Fishing)

The term, ‘flats’, means lots of things to lots of different anglers. Bonefishers love to sight fish over stretches of shin-deep, pure white sand or marl. Tarpon enthusiasts often find their prey on ‘flats’ that are six to eight feet deep, and everyone knows that redfish prefer shallows where the rough, rocky bottom holds crustaceans …

Looking For “Dallas Creek” in Taylor County? Try Spelling It, “Dallus”!

Don’t ask me, but Dallus Creek’s name is spelled with a “u” and not an “a”.  I’ve never seen it done that way, so I suspect someone went to Texas, had a bad time, and came home to “dis” the Texans! No matter, Dallus Creek is located between Steinhatchee and Keaton Beach, Fl.  It starts …

Florida’s 2015 Recreational Scallop Season to Close 9/24, But Don’t Despair!

In early June, the “buzz” along Florida’s Nature Coast is all about recreational scalloping.  The season usually opens the last Saturday in June, and folks at our Big Bend ports gear up for a busy season.  This year’s season was no exception, and limits of bay scallops just kept coming in, almost to the end …

Where’s The Beach?—at Horseshoe Beach!

If you’re heading to Horseshoe Beach, forget about swimming and sunbathing along sandy shores. But if you’ve got fall fishing on your mind, you’re heading in the right direction. This small fishing village is located at the dead end of CR351, about 25 miles southwest of Cross City and US19/98, on a small peninsula jutting …

Kevin’s Redtrout Shootout, Wakulla County, May 30, 2015

It’s back! The Kevin’s Fine Outdoor Gear & Apparel Redtrout Shootout will take place May 30, 2015. Cash rewards will be paid out to the top 10 teams weighing in the heaviest combined weight of (1) redfish and (1) spotted seatrout. With an entry fee of $75.00 per angler and a guaranteed cash purse, you …

On The Hunt For Big Seatrout and Redfish in Natural North Florida? Try Soft Plugs!

Getting a wary seatrout or redfish to attack an artificial lure isn’t always a problem.  However, if they’re big and trophy-sized, they’ll often spit the lure out just as they get to the rod tip.  Years ago, in a faraway place called Texas, Mr. Paul Brown, a retired postmaster, handmade soft lures called “Corkys” and …

Kick Off Your Spring Fishing at Keaton Beach, on Florida’s Big Bend

  I’m not April foolin’ when I say that when the grass flats start to ‘green up’ near Keaton Beach, the fishing there is hard to beat. It’s no secret that warm weather brings new life, especially in the form of spotted sea trout, to waters everywhere along our Big Bend. Unfortunately, that warmth can …