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Divers spearheading fight against invasive lionfish

The northwest Florida area has been identified as having the highest concentration of invasive lionfish in the world.  Lionfish pose a significant threat to our native wildlife and habitat with spearfishing the primary means of control.  Lionfish tournaments are one way to increase harvest of these invaders and help keep populations down.  Not only that, but lionfish are a delicious tasting fish and tournaments help supply the local seafood markets with this unique offering. Since 2019, Destin, Florida has been...

Three new Florida salt water fishing records include whiting caught in Santa Rosa Beach

It’s been a monster summer for three anglers who each landed a Florida Saltwater All-tackle Fishing Record. Whiting (Gulf kingfish) Captain Sidney Little caught the latest Gulf kingfish (whiting) Florida Saltwater Fishing Record on April 7 while fishing at Santa Rosa Beach. Sidney’s 2.8-pound catch beat out the previous record of 2.4-pounds. If you feel like you’re having déjà vu, don’t worry, you’re not alone. That previous record of 2.4-pounds was set earlier this year by angler Joseph Peckham. Scamp...

Bad Cat Classic catfish tournament Sept. 25

On September 25, 2021 the Bad Cat Classic Catfishing Tournament will be hosted on the Choctawhatchee River. The mission of the tournament is to get kids outdoors and involved in natural resources conservation, while spending time with positive mentors, and what better way to do that than with a rod and reel. The tournament will consist of three person teams, with one member of the team being 16 years of age or younger. Teams will fish from boat on the...

Walton County fishing report for Sept. 9

Fishing is good! River: Mostly catfish. Bay: Redfish, trout, and black drum. Surf: Bluefish, jacks, and pompano. Click here for fishing forecast 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 p.m. Sat.: 6 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sun.:...

Walton county fishing report for Aug. 26

Fishing is good! River: Panfish bite is good. Bream and a few crappie. Bay: Redfish, black snapper, and black drum. Surf: Bluefish, jacks, and pompano. Click here for fishing forecast 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...

Bay scallop season opens Aug. 16 in St. Joseph Bay/Gulf County 

Recreational bay scallop season for Gulf County (including all of St. Joseph Bay) opens Aug.16 and will remain open through Sept. 24. This region includes all state waters from the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County to the westernmost point of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County. Please continue to monitor the weather as the week up to the season progresses. Scalloping, possession of scallops, anchoring or tampering with restoration activities is prohibited in the Bay Scallop Restoration Area marked with...

Walton County fishing report for Aug. 4

Fishing is good! Bay/river: River and bay muddy, some pond fishing good. Gulf: Great fishing with grouper, snapper, and king mackerel being caught. Click here for fishing forecast 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 p.m. Sat.:...

Black Creek Lodge in Freeport under new ownership

The popular boat launch, marina and RV park Black Creek Lodge in Freeport has new owners. The 9-acre parcel is now owned by Shon and Kyra Edwards and David and Samantha Bilbrey. Everything will remain the same with improvements on the way. The boat ramp $5.00 launch and $4.00 overnight parking fee is unchanged. Improvements are in the works with renovations currently being done on the 4-room motel. New RV slots, along with tiny cabins for rent are in the...

Spiny lobster seasons start soon 

The 2021 spiny lobster season opens with the two-day recreational mini-season July 28 and 29, followed by the regular commercial and recreational lobster season, which starts Aug. 6 and runs through March 31, 2022. “Spiny lobster season is an exciting time of year to be on the water,” said Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Commissioner Robert Spottswood. “But it’s also a time to remember to boat safely, to follow our fishing rules and to take extra care in protecting...

Walton County fishing report for Jul 27

Fishing is good! Bay: Redfish, black drum. River and bay muddy. River: Catfish Click here for fishing forecast 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 p.m. Sat.: 6 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sun.: Closed...

Greater amberjack and gray triggerfish reopen to recreational harvest in Gulf waters Aug. 1 

The recreational harvest of greater amberjack and gray triggerfish will reopen in Gulf state and federal waters Aug. 1. Greater amberjack is scheduled to remain open through Oct. 31 in Gulf state and federal waters. Gray triggerfish is scheduled to remain open through Dec. 31 in Gulf state and federal waters but an early quota closure is possible for either species. If you plan to fish for amberjack or gray triggerfish anywhere in Florida state or federal waters from a...

Walton County fishing report for July 13

Fishing is good! Bay: Redfish, black drum, and a few trout. River and bay muddy. River: Catfish Click here for fishing forecast 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 p.m. Sat.: 6 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sun.:...