Walton County fishing report for Oct. 27

 Fishing is good

Hunting: Bow season open. A few, but not many reports.

Bay: Redfish, ladyfish, bluefish, a few flounder and trout. Spanish mackerel being caught.

Gulf: Kingfish offshore.

River: Catfish, bass, and shellcracker, and a few crappie.

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Bay and river report brought to you by Copeland’s. “Where the locals shop and the tourists are welcome.”

Click here to find out more about Copeland’s.
Copeland’s Gun and Tackle Shop
17290 U.S. Hwy. 331 S
Freeport, Florida 32439

(850) 835-4277
Store hours:
Mon. – Fri.: 6 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sat.: 6 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sun.: Closed

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Gardening in the sand lecture in Grayton Beach Nov. 2

 It has been said that Florida soil is good for one thing: keeping the plant from tipping over!  Sheila Dunning, UF/IFAS Commercial Horticulture Agent, will address the challenges and provide solutions for gardening in the sand during this latest installment in the Walton County Master Gardeners’ Lecture Series on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Walton Extension Coastal Branch in Grayton Beach.  The location is 70 Logan Lane which runs west off CR 283 just north of the 4-way stop.

The cost of this program is $5 (cash or check only, please) and includes materials, handouts and light refreshments.  Space is limited and reservations are required so save your place by contacting Cheryl Haney at 850-892-8172 or [email protected] by October 31!

Master Gardeners will be on hand to take gardening questions and soil sampling supplies and instruction will be available for $8.

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Capes and Crowns 5K and fun run at Baytowne Nov. 5

capesandcrownsTime: 9 am 5K starts, 10 am Half Mile Fun Run starts

Get ready to dress up as your favorite superhero or glittering princess — the Capes & Crowns Fun Run and 5K is back at The Village of Baytowne Wharf on Saturday, November 5, 2016. Proceeds benefit The Tree House Episcopal Montessori School.

Packet pick-up occurs the day before the race on Friday, Nov. 4 from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 480 North Highway 393, SRB, FL 32459 & also on race day Saturday, Nov. 5 from 7 – 8:30 am at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.
Capes & Crowns Fun Run and 5K includes face painting by Abrakadoodle, superhero and princess appearances from Enchanted Parties, a family-friendly post-race party with games, snacks and treats provided by Another Broken Egg, Smallcakes and Menchies, complimentary post-race craft beer from Grayton Beer Company.

Prizes and medals for the two overall finishers of 5K race (Overall Male/Overall Female). Fun for the family and all ages.

Register at http://capesandcrowns.com/. Fun for the family and all ages! No refund if race is cancelled due to weather. This is a pet friendly event. Registered participants are welcome to participate in the Half Mile Fun Run with their 5K bib (no need to buy two registrations per person). Strollers and pets are welcome to join the fun too!

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Haz mat collection day in north and south Walton Nov. 5

walton-county-logoDate/time: Saturday, Nov. 5 – 8 a.m. – 12 Noon

The Walton Board of County Commissioners is sponsoring a project to collect, recycle, treat and properly dispose of these and other household hazardous wastes: Pesticides – Used Oil – Stale Gasoline – Solvents – Fertilizers – Paint – Paint Thinners – Paint Strippers – Batteries – Furniture Polish – Brake Fluid – Engine Degreasers – Anti-Freeze – Pool Chemicals – Insecticides – Spot Removers.

Waste tire amnesty will also be held on the same date, during the same hours and locations. Walton county residents may bring up to 12 tires per residence. No gas cylinders or explosives, please. Due to hazardous nature of certain components in home computers, they will be accepting old computer hardware including processors, monitors, keyboards, printers, scanners, etc. Conditionally exempt small quantity generators (small businesses, schools, growers, etc.) will be accepted at a reduced rate.

Location: Walton County Fairgrounds, Highway 83 North (9th Avenue), DeFuniak Springs and South Walton Mosquito Control Office, County Road 393, Santa Rosa Beach. For more information, call 850-892-8180.

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Alaqua Unleashed Halloween party Oct. 30

halloweendogCalling all party animals. Come join the fun at Alaqua’s Unleashed dog park, on Sunday, October 30 from 3 – 5 pm. Spread the word, and help us share the fellowship of the humans and dogs in our community.

There will be a costume party with prizes for the best costume along with treats and t-shirts for all.

Admission will be $5.00/person and all proceeds will go toward Alaqua Unleashed Dog Park. Help us to continue to provide this community park, where dogs can run, play, and enjoy the freedom of being, unleashed.

Alaqua Unleashed dog park is located at 342 J.D. Miller Road, Santa Rosa Beach.

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Freeport Bayfest Fishing Tournament October 22 – November 5

bayfest-fishing-logo-1Treylermade Tournaments and Nick’s Seafood Restaurant is hosting the Freeport Bayfest Fishing Tournament Oct. 22 – Nov. 5. Compete for redfish, mullet, speckled trout, bass, and bream.

Register at Nick’s Seafood Restaurant, 7585 W. Hwy. 20, Freeport. $5 from each registration fee will be donated to Autism Spectrum on the Emerald Coast, Inc. For more information contact Trey Nick at 850-835-222, or 850-830-6161.

Entry Fee – $20 per angler. Click here to download registration: bayfest-fishing-tournament.pdf

Registration – Participants can pre-register or register at their first weigh-in. Registration is at Nick’s Seafood Restaurant.
Species – Speckle Trout – 3 fish total weight. Slot limit is 15”-20”
Redfish – Single Fish Spots Count and Tournament Aggregate Spots Count
Mullet – 3 fish total weight
Bass – 3 fish total weight
Bream – 3 fish total weight

Score – Based on daily weigh-in. Anglers may better their score but, can only hold one place on the leaderboard per species.

Weigh in – At Nick’s Seafood Restaurant from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Tuesday – Sunday.
** No Monday Weigh-in **

Cancelation – The Tournament Director may cancel or postpone the tournament due to inclement weather.

Gear/Fishing methods – All species other than Mullet, must be caught on a hook and line using artificial or live baits.

It is possible to schedule an earlier weigh-in time if a weigh-master is available. To schedule an earlier weigh-in time contact Trey Nick at 830-6161 or 835-2222.

The winner of each species will receive a prize package valued at $50 or more. Winners will be announced at 8:30 p.m., Saturday, November 5th at Nick’s.

Winners are required to pick up their prizes at the Freeport Bayfest on November 12.

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Wings Over Florida birding hike at Blackwater Fisheries Research Nov. 5

fwcfisheriespondDate/time: Saturday, Nov. 5, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Join Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail coordinator Whitney Gray and Wings Over Florida coordinator Andy Wraithmell for a hike around the wonderful birding trail site at Blackwater Fisheries Research. You will walk the dikes between the aquaculture ponds, looking for wintering wildfowl such as Ring-necked Duck and Blue-winged Teal. Wilson’s Snipe feed along the muddy edges. Bachman’s Sparrows and Brown-headed Nuthatches are fairly common and Henslow’s Sparrow has been recorded in the winter. Participants will have the opportunity to earn their first Wings Over Florida certificate.

fisheriessignThe walk is limited to 25 people. This event is FREE and family-friendly. Youth participation encouraged. The walk is suitable for all experience levels but is aimed at beginner and intermediate level bird watchers. Loaner binoculars will be available if you do not have a pair of your own.

Click here to register.

Blackwater Fisheries Research, 8384 Fish Hatchery Road, Holt, FL 32564  Map

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