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Anglers giving biologists vital tarpon genetic data

Anglers interested in volunteering can get free DNA kit Anglers from across the state are helping biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute and the Mote Marine Laboratory gather valuable information about tarpon. Results from the Tarpon Genetic Recapture Study yield new insight into how tarpon can survive catch-and-release angling and how tarpon move throughout Florida waters. FWRI biologists analyze tarpon DNA samples submitted by anglers. Each sample identifies a tarpon’s genetic...

Nature girl’s weekend picks

Take the kids fishing on Saturday, treat Mom on Sunday Saturday Kids Fishing Tournament – Grayton Beach 8:00 am to 12:00 pm Kids fishing tournament at Grayton Beach. Meet at the Red Bar. First 250 kids receive their own rod/reel combo. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO Take a kid fishing on Lake DeFuniak 9:30 am First 75 kids to register without their own pole get free bamboo pole The Kiwanis Club is hosting “Take A Kid Fishing” catch and release...

Kids Fishing Tournament at Grayton Beach May 9

Kids compete for fishing bragging rights! The third annual CCA Kids Fishing Tournament will be held at 8 a.m. – noon on Saturday, May 9 at Grayton Beach. Sponsored by the South Walton Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association, this popular tournament is for boys and girls age 15 and under. The first 250 kids will be given their own rod and reel combo, donated from the proceeds of  the “Fish Florida” specialty license tags. The tournament will be separated...

Take a kid fishing on Lake DeFuniak May 9

First 75 kids to register without their own gear, gets a free bamboo fishing pole The Kiwanis Club is hosting “Take A Kid Fishing” catch and release event on Saturday, May 9. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the event is from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Great prizes awarded in various categories. ‘Bait Shop’ sponsored by County officials Meet at the pier behind the Presbyterian Church at the Lakeyard in DeFuniak Springs. Activities include photo booth, sack races, fishing...

Georgia man falls overboard cobia fishing; boat winds up in Alabama

Boat drifts from Panama City Beach to Fort Morgan, Alabama It may go down as one of the most bizarre boating accidents in years, but a 41-year-old Georgia man is recovering in Bay Medical Center after falling overboard April 17 while cobia fishing off Panama City Beach. The 24-foot Century boat, which was borrowed, ran out of gas and was found beached Sunday morning at Fort Morgan, Ala. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officer Jeff Gager said Michael Bursten...

Fish Busters: Get Outdoors Florida!

Get Outdoors Florida coalition recognized “Be it resolved that the Governor and Cabinet of the State of Florida do hereby recognize the Get Outdoors Florida! coalition and the Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights and encourage all Floridians and their families’ participation in outdoor activities throughout the year.” With those words, Gov. Charlie Crist and his cabinet prompted a huge leap forward for agencies, nonprofits and private groups that have been working to make it easier for youth, families and entire...

Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic returns June 16-21

Popular tournament enters 7th year at Baytowne Marina at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Timed to coincide with the peak of the Gulf Coast’s blue marlin season, and located at the South’s number-one ranked resort destination, the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic has set the new precedent for world-class sportfishing tournaments along the Gulf Coast. The three heaviest weighed blue marlin, dolphin, tuna and wahoo are eligible for cash awards, as are the top three teams entered in the All...

Gulf red snapper season on hold until June 1

Gulf red snapper season was to open Apr. 15 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds anglers that the recreational harvest season for red snapper in Gulf of Mexico waters has changed.  The open season now takes place from June 1 through Sept. 30. Previously, the recreational red snapper harvest season opened on April 15 in Gulf state waters, and the season in Gulf federal waters opened on April 21.  Now, the recreational harvest season for red snapper...

Gulf gag grouper sport season reopens

Two fish limit on gag and black The recreational harvest of gag grouper in all Gulf of Mexico waters off Florida reopens on April 1 after a two-month closure.  This closure helps reduce the harvest and rebuild the population of gag grouper in the Gulf. During the open season, recreational anglers may keep 2 gag grouper within the 5-grouper aggregate daily limit in all Gulf waters off Florida except Monroe County state waters.  There is a 2-fish limit on gag...

Florida State’s Parks proposed budget cuts a path to disaster

Are our beloved parks at risk? The mission of WaltonOutdoors.com is to provide resources for the outdoors for Walton County and the surrounding area, and not to express opinions on any particular subject. However, as an individual, and avid fan of our park system, I feel it is of the utmost importance to accentuate the impending disaster the proposed budget cuts will do to our state park system. The latest state budget proposals are as is right now, proposals. However,...

Get Outdoors Florida!

It’s official! Getting outdoors is good for you Gov. Charlie Crist and his Cabinet signed a resolution Mar. 24 encouraging families to Get Outdoors Florida!  The resolution recognizes the Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights and  promotes Get Outdoors Florida! activities April 4-5 and throughout the year. When introducing the resolution Commissioner Charlie Bronson said, “Spending time outdoors is a healthy and emotionally satisfying experience for people of all ages, and is especially beneficial for our children, and allows them an...

Trolling for cobia

A day in South Walton at the beach … nice! A day in South Walton sight casting for cobia … priceless! Family Rachycentridae, COBIA (Ling) Rachycentron canadum Description: long, slim fish with broad depressed head; lower jaw projects past upper jaw; dark lateral stripe extends through eye to tail; first dorsal fin comprised of 7 to 9 free spines; when young, has conspicuous alternating black and white horizontal stripes. Similar Fish: remora, Echeneis naucrates....