Fish Florida’s Untouched Upper Big Bend Shoreline

Yeah, yeah, yeah. We all know St. Augustine is old. The area surrounding the modern city was first explored in 1513 and it’s grown ever since. But 15 years later, Panfilo de Narvaez arrived in St. Marks, on the Big Bend, with 300 men. What followed there, at the confluence of the St. Marks and …

Florida Wildlife Corridor St. Marks “Trail Mixer”, February 7, 2015

    February 7, 2015, 9:00am – February 7, 2015, 12:00pm Trail Mixer #4-St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge Hike 30.169408, -84.247194 Meeting Time: 9:00 AM Meeting Location: Wakulla Trailhead, Giles-Thompson House, [30.169408, -84.247194] Click here for a google map with these coordinates: ow.ly/HQCAR Start Time: 9:45 AM – Group 1 10:00 AM – Group 2 …

News Flash! Big Bend Inshore Fish Celebrate The New Year 2015

After somewhat of a “fish drought” in late 2014, Big Bend fishing for spotted seatrout and redfish has picked up significantly since New Year’s Day 2015.  I’m not sure exactly why, possibly due to some sunny days and cooler water temperatures, but there seem to be plenty of fish being caught from Yankeetown to Panacea, …

Want To Paddle Natural North Florida? Kayak and Canoes Available for Rent!

There are hundreds of paddlecraft (kayak and canoe) launches along our Natural North Florida waters, inland and coastal.  And there are a number of outfitters willing to help you learn local waters.  Fishing is an option, but there’s also some excellent touring along some of the most uninhabited rivers and coastline in the southeastern U.S. …

Try Kayak Fishing in the Wakulla Backwaters

Last weekend I left my flats skiff behind in Steinhatchee and joined a couple of other outdoor writers in Wakulla County for a kayak-fishing adventure. Of course, over the years, I’ve made numerous trips out of St. Marks, Panacea and Spring Creek, but never had much chance to fish the shallow, close-in flats and inshore …

Apalachee Bay Maritime Heritage Paddling Trail System

If you’re a paddler, you don’t want to miss an opportunity to visit historic Wakulla County and explore the coastline. Be transported to a different time and place as you paddle Apalachee Bay’s Ten Maritime Heritage Trails. Designed for enthusiasts of all levels, enjoy fishing, wildlife viewing, and photography as you explore one of Florida’s …

Interested in Oysters? Head to Ouzt’s Too in Newport, FL

I’m “old school” and only eat oysters in months whose spelling includes an “R”.  Yes, I realize we now have cleaner waters flowing over oyster beds these days and have excellent refrigeration technology, but I’m still not a fan of oysters taken from warm water.  Warmer conditions mean an increased danger of contamination, and oysters …

Boaters and Fishermen–Need Up-To-The-Minute Weather and Wind Data? GIve the GCOOS Site a Try!

The folks at the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System in St. Petersburg have released a valuable tool for recreational boaters.  The GCOOS Map site will give you current weather information as well as buoy data for the entire Gulf of Mexico, including sites along the Nature Coast.  Take a look!

Don’t Have A Fishing Boat Or A Kayak? Rent One!

Not everyone’s lucky (or unlucky!) enough to own their own fishing boat or kayak.  However, renting is an option at several ports in Natural North Florida.  Whether you fish, scallop or just want to go for a boat ride, renting may be right for you.  It’s always nice to return to the dock and simply …