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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....

Local captures South Walton’s beauty

YOLO sunset As Mother Nature’s beauty comes to life in a simple sunset, we are reminded of what a beautiful place it is that we live. This photo was captured by local freelance photographer, Shelly Swanger. “I was watching this couple enjoy the sunset from their YOLO board..it was really sweet because she was sitting in front and he was slowly paddling her around,” Swanger said. Swanger lives in Santa Rosa Beach and also works at Smiling Fish Café. For...

Learn about dune ecosystems Mar. 21

Dunes at Topsail Hill State Preserve. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors Learn about the plants and animals that live in a dune ecosystem Topsail Hill State Preserve Saturday, March 21, 9:00 am Park at the Day-use area off Hwy 30A and take a tram ride to Topsail Hill Beach and see one of the most intact coastal ecosystems on the Gulf Coast. A $2.00 entry fee is required. Outdoor tours canceled during severe weather. Call (850)267-0299 for more details. For more information...

Gulf red and black grouper fisheries reopen

Gag grouper season opens April 1 The recreational harvest of red and black grouper in Gulf of Mexico federal waters reopens on March 15 following a one-month closure.  The recreational harvest of red and black grouper in Gulf state waters did not close and remains open. The commercial harvest of gag, red and black grouper in all Gulf waters off Florida, except Monroe County state waters, also reopens on March 15, following a one-month closure. The Florida Fish and Wildlife...

Destin Cobia Tournament kicks off this week

Month long tournament hosted by HarborWalk Marina The 13th Annual Destin Cobia Tournament presented by HarborWalk Marina is a month long event that attracts hundreds of anglers from Northwest Florida. With a nickname like, “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village,” great fishing tournaments and Destin naturally go hand in hand. The tournament provides anglers with a great fishing experience and excellent payout. Last year more than $35,000 in cash and prizes were awarded. The tournament takes place at HarborWalk Marina in...

Nature Girl’s Weekend Picks

Cop your fishing gear for this year All Things Marine Swap Meet – Saturday, March 7 West Marine – Ft. Walton Beach Professionals in many areas of boat repair and maintainance including electronics install,fiberglass,line splicing and more will demo and answers.  4 Eglin Pkwy. (corner of Hollywood Blvd.) Fort Walton Beach (850) 244-9000 / Art Miles Mural Project brings 30A to life in a myriad of color All weekend – South Walton’s Scenic 30A has come alive in color with...

There is great fishing at your local beach access

Springtime is here – It’s time to dust off those sand flea rakes and hit the beach Surf fishing can be extremely productive in spring.  It’s also a great time to sample the amazing variety of game fish that migrate through our waters.  Lucky for us, these species are rarely selective and often overlooked by visiting anglers. These fish make their living in large densely packed schools, feeding opportunistically on most anything that crosses their path. I always enjoy taking...

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...