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Take a culinary tour of the Forgotten Coast

WaterColor Inn and Resort hosting a unique four-day tour May 14-17 and Oct. 1-4 WaterColor Inn and Resort is offering a culinary package that will treat foodies to the freshest meals they’ve ever had as they savor hands-on experiences harvesting food from the great outdoors of Northwest Florida. Along the “Forgotten Coast,” participants will learn new skills – from oyster tonging and crabbing to harvesting tupelo honey and flounder gigging – then dine on what they have foraged in the...

It’s official – FWC changes snapper season

Red snapper sport season now Jun. 1 – Sept. 30 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a rule Thursday that changes the recreational harvest season for red snapper in Gulf of Mexico state waters.  This action means that Florida’s Gulf red snapper recreational harvest season will match the currently established season in Gulf federal waters. The sport harvest season for red snapper in Gulf state waters will be open from June 1 through Sept. 30.  Previously, the...

A Bad Day Fishing Beats a Great Day at Work

Florida Fish Busters: Top freshwater fishing destinations in Florida for 2009 If you are like me, you’ve probably heard “you should have been here yesterday—the fishing was great,” more times than you can count.  Well, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologists continue to give anglers advice upfront that will help them find some of the best honey holes into which to cast a line in the hope that you’ll be the next one bragging about a whopper of a...

Gag grouper season closes until Mar. 31

Gulf gag grouper season closes Feb. 1 The recreational harvest of gag grouper from all Gulf of Mexico waters off Florida is closed Feb. 1 – March 31. The two-month closure will reduce the harvest of Gulf gag grouper and help rebuild the population of this important species. More information on grouper management is available online at MyFWC.com/marine/grouper/index.htm....

North Walton fishing/hunting report for Jan. 17

What folks are catchin’ and baggin’ in Walton Sonja at Copeland’s tells me fishing has been very good with folks catching speckled trout, redfish, sheepshead and striper. As long as you don’t mind the chilly weather! For a refresher on fishing regulations click here. Hunting: Yahoo! The deer appear to be in rut! Hunters have seen a lot of activity and have been saying the best time is early morning around 7 a.m. Muzzleloading gun next days open: Feb. 19...

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...