Walton County fishing report for Nov. 30

speckledtroutFishing is good

Bay: Still good trout bites with some over 17 inches, and all size redfish. One report of a 50 lb. being caught.

River: Crappie and flathead catfish

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

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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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Celtic Christmas concert in Santa Rosa Beach Dec. 3, DeFuniak Springs Dec. 4

marcillewallisDec. 3 – Marcille Wallis and Friends present Christmas with the Celts in Santa Rosa Beach. The concert will be held from 6 – 9 p.m. at 360 WRM Circle, Blue Mountain Beach Industrial Park in Santa Rosa Beach.

Come join Marcille Wallis, Don Pigeon, Matt Miller, and Kate Valley for a night of toe tapping instrumentals, sing along carols, rousing dance numbers, and Christmas cheer as they perform their 17th annual Christmas with the Celts concert series. This will be their debut performance in Santa Rosa Beach, and they will be performing in the A Simple Faith church sanctuary in Blue Mountain. The show begins at 6 p.m. and admission is free, but a love offering will be accepted.

Dec. 4 – The City of DeFuniak Springs Special Events Committee will host Marcille Wallis and Friends Celtic Christmas Concert in the Park at the Amphitheater on Circle Drive from 3 – 5 p.m. The concert will be held at the Lakeyard Amphitheater.

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Polar Bear Plunge in Santa Rosa Beach Jan. 1

SWFDPolarbearsplash1The South Walton Fire District in conjunction with Gulf Place will be hosting the 4th Annual Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day at Ed Walline Beach Access.

Registration starts at 11 am at Gulf Place. “Plunge” starts at 1 p.m. sharp! A $20 donation is encouraged as all proceeds will benefit the SWFD Department Relations Committee (DRC). The DRC purchases fire/life safety educational-promotional items for community based educational programs that are held throughout the year. For more information, contact Sammy Sanchez at [email protected]

Make a splash on New Year’s Day and enjoy a bonfire, music and food.

In the event of Red Flag conditions, the plunge will relocate to the Gulf Place Community Park pool. Please follow the SWFD Facebook page for updates. In addition, The Gulf Place Facebook page will also carry all the Polar Bear Plunge updates as well.

Ed Walline beach access is located at the south end of CR393 in Santa Rosa Beach.

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Hydrobike Christmas cocoa, campfire and carols Dec 17, 18, 22

hydrobikecampfireEmerald Coast Hydrobikes and Grayton Beach Catering have teamed up to bring you a holiday celebration the whole family will remember. The night begins by exploring the Choctawhatchee Bay until the sky paints a beautiful sunset. Then gather around the campfire with old friends and new. Chili will be served. Hot dogs and marshmallows will be roasted while we sing Carols and enjoy “Charlie’s Favorite Christmas” read by Cheri Peebles

Space is limited so book early. Advance registration required. Choose a Hydrobike or a Klear Kanoo.

Check in between 3 and 4 pm

Explore by Hydrobike or Klear Kanoo and watch the sunset over the Choctawhatchee Bay before returning to the dock for a holiday campfire.

Campfire at the Dock around 5 pm

Roast your own hot dogs and make s’mores over the fire. We will lead the Christmas Carols and Cheri of Grayton Beach Catering will read “Charlie’s Favorite Christmas” by Bryan Kennedy. Hot dogs, chili, Smore’s, bottled water, hot cocoa, apple cider and coffee are included.

Expect to be done around 8 pm

Prices are $45 per adult, $35 under 12 (big enough to ride their own Hydrobike), $15 under 8 (just the right size to ride with mom or dad), $20 Adult non rider.
Gratuity not included.

Book by phone or online: 850-598-7949
[email protected]

Location: Tom’s Landing 78 Ricker Ave Santa Rosa Beach.
From Hwy 98 and the intersection of Hwy 331 go east (towards Panama City) to the next light and turn left onto Bay Drive. Take Bay drive about one mile to Ricker Ave and turn left. Emerald Coast Hydrobikes is the first driveway on the right.

In short, wear whatever is comfortable and weather appropriate. Shoes, flops or bare feet are all acceptable. Conditions can change quickly so a hat, sunglasses, long sleeves or other weather protection should be considered. Layers are always a good idea and there is room in the console to store everything you need. Also, keep in mind that Hydrobikes have a chain just like a land bike so please don’t wear anything that is overly loose below your shins as it could get caught in the chain. In most cases, you will not get wet unless you choose to so bathing suits are optional. Hydrobikes are stable and easy to jump off of and climb back onto. This makes swimming a fun option.

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Christmas at the Beach at Gulf Place Dec. 3

 Date/time: Saturday, Dec. 3, 2 – 5 p.m.

Gulf Place community, Hope Lutheran Church and Point Washington Methodist Church have joined together to host the second annual Christmas on the Beach on December 3, 2016 from 2 -5 p.m.

The Christmas event includes lots of free things for families to enjoy. Parents can relax knowing that all the Christmas workshops, children’s games, music performances, pictures with Santa Claus and lighting of the Gulf Place Christmas tree. Parents don’t have to think about the expense when money is tight.

We will also be encouraging folks to shop local and shop small businesses. The December 3rd event will feature artists, handmade crafts, local vendors and discounts in the Gulf Place boutiques. We want all the shoppers to easily find the perfect gift for everyone on their Christmas List.

Gulf Place is located at the intersection of Scenic Hwy. 30A and CR 393 in Santa Rosa Beach.

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Choctawhatchee Audubon activities for December

CAScolorlogoDec 1: Monthly Meeting: Presentation “The Christmas Bird Count 2016.” Learn about the oldest and largest wildlife survey in the world and how you can help. Alan Knothe, biologist and local bird count coordinator, will speak on the history of the National Christmas Bird Count and the origination of our count in Okaloosa County. You will learn how to identify rare and unusual birds and how to get involved. No birding experience is necessary. The actual count will take place on Monday, 19 December.

The meeting will be held in room 130 of the student services building 400 at the Northwest Florida State College Niceville campus. Socializing begins at 6:30 PM and the program at 7:00 PM. Admission is free and open to the public. Call or e-mail Dr Don Baltz at (225) 252-2760, [email protected] for more information

Dec 3: Bird Walk. Destin Beaches. Discover gulls, terns and shorebirds with Bruce Purdy, an experienced birder. Meet in the parking area at the SW end of Marler (Destin) Bridge at 7:30 a.m. Wear closed toe shoes and a hat and bring your camera, binoculars and a friend or two. Contact Bruce for details at (305) 359-5334.

Dec 19: Christmas Bird Count. Participate in the largest wildlife survey in history organized by count coordinator Alan Knothe. Details will be presented at our Dec 1 program meeting or you can contact Alan at (850) 208 1780 and he will assign you to a survey team.

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