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New waterfront park opens in Freeport

Boat launch and parking available on 4 Mile Creek A new park has opened on Four Mile Creek in Freeport. Known by the locals as ‘The Point,’ the park now boasts more than 20 parking spaces and several boat slips. In addition, there are restroom facilities and walkways that wrap around the waterfront. “This park has been 18 years in the works,” said Mickey Marse, mayor of Freeport. In addition, a custom-designed longer slip that runs parallel to the creek...

Surf and inshore fishing report

Pompano, redfish, bluefish, flounder being caught surf fishing Surf Fishing Surf Fishing in the winter offers some interesting possibilities.  In the last few weeks we have seen lots of big bull reds, bluefish, black drum, pompano and even bonita caught from the beach.  This time of year, you never know what to expect.  Keep an eye on the fluctuations in water temperature.  The past few weeks have seen the water temperature rise and fall several degrees.  When you see a...

Reconstructed fishing pier reopens on Lake Powell

A panoramic view of the western portion of Lake Powell now available to the public The Beaches of South Walton Tourist Development Council (TDC) hosted a ribbon cutting on Jan. 6 for the newly reconstructed fishing pier on Lake Powell. The fishing pier is located at the eastern end of Walton County on Lake Shore Drive off of Orange Street, north of Inlet Beach. It is is approximately 50 feet in length with a 10×15 ft. deck at the end...

Florida Fish Busters – Get outdoors!

FWC plans to get more folks enjoying the outdoors “Nature deficit disorder” is a growing concern, but a new initiative of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and others endeavors to make the problem obsolete. Coined by Richard Louv in the book “Last Child in the Woods,” nature deficit disorder refers to the growing disconnect between people and the outdoors. To address these concerns over the disconnect, the “Get Outdoors Florida!” coalition is bringing together highly energized staff...

Size limits changed for Gulf amberjack and triggerfish

Minimum size limits increased The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved new rules Dec. 4 to increase the minimum size limits for greater amberjack and gray triggerfish in Gulf of Mexico state waters.  This action is consistent with new regulations in Gulf federal waters, which extend beyond nine nautical miles offshore of Florida. Federal fisheries managers recently implemented a management plan for greater amberjack and gray triggerfish in Gulf federal waters.  Greater amberjack in the Gulf are considered to...

Duck hunters out in numbers, urged to wear life jackets

Life jacket an excellent holiday gift for boating hunters Law enforcement officers are unsure why, but they’re seeing more duck hunters out on lakes around Tallahassee than any time in the past few years. “This weekend we checked 150 hunters on Lake Jackson and 60 on Lake Miccosukee,” said Lt. Kent Harvey, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) area law enforcement supervisor.  “Maybe it’s the fact that permanent blinds are banned from four lakes around Tallahassee, but more duck...

Sharing an autumn sunset

Reeling in a beauty Local Tom Sloyan went fishing on Nov. 1 at Dune Allen Beach. Tom didn’t catch any fish, but reeled in some sunset beauties. Tom is co-owner of Daisy’s Garden shop on Veteran’s Road. 850.200.5571. Watch a slideshow of Tom’s sunset pictures. watch?v=CKlyoymEtdc...

Recreational Gulf red snapper season closes Nov. 1

The recreational harvest seasons for red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico will close on Nov. 1.  This closure occurs each year to help rebuild overfished red snapper stocks in the Gulf. The recreational harvest and possession of red snapper is prohibited beginning Nov. 1 in Gulf state waters.  The recreational harvest of red snapper in Gulf federal waters closed on Aug. 5.  The red snapper sport season is scheduled to reopen on April 15 in Gulf state waters and...

An encounter with a living dinosaur

It’s not often one gets a chance to encounter a prehistoric creature. So when the opportunity arose to meet a fish with an ancestry that dates back 200 million years, well, I couldn’t pass. Through Nov. 7, The Panama City Field Office of the Fish & Wildlife Service is conducting a Gulf sturgeon fish population census on the Choctawhatchee River. I contacted Frank Parauka, Fishery Biologist with the FWS, and he was gracious enough to allow me to tag along...