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Go fishing with the pros!

Your guide to the best fishing in the Walton County area For those that like to cast a line out in the water, it goes without saying that fishing is always good in Walton! Most anytime of year, a good angler is bound to catch something – whether surf fishing for pompano, catching snapper in the Gulf, or reeling in a redfish in the Bay. The Gulf of Mexico, the Choctawhatchee Bay, the Choctawhatchee River, and its many tributaries offer...

Uplands Master Naturalist class offered Sept. 19 – Nov. 14, 2011

Classes to be held in Okaloosa and Walton counties Become a master naturalist! The University of Florida Extension Office is offering their Uplands module Sept. 19 – Nov. 14 on Mondays from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The courses will be held at the Extension Service offices in Okaloosa and Walton counties. For more information or to sign up go to www.masternaturalist.org. Registration closes Sept. 12. Florida Master Naturalist Program students will increase their knowledge of Florida’s natural systems, of...

Step back in time at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

Rustic and diverse State Park a favorite for summertime scalloping At the north end of the 17-mile St. Joseph Peninsula, just past Cape San Blas, you will find a unique Florida State Park with 6 miles of pristine beaches nestled along enormous sand dunes. Properly known as the T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, this are of the Florida Panhandle is considered part of the “Forgotten Coast.” Perfect exploring for the nature lover, as you will experience three...

Florida state wide bass tournament offering million dollar bounty

To encourage bass anglers to catch and properly report the next Florida state record bass, Bounty Fishing is hosting a million dollar bass bounty Florida Fish Busters’ Bulletin by Bob Wattendorf Many of you know about the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Florida Black Bass Management plan.  In fact many of you have taken the opportunity to provide input via surveys at fishing shows, fishing club meetings or other venues. That information, along with scientific information about bass...

Public forum on proposal to allow oil drilling well attended

More than 150 people attended the public forum on proposed legislation to allow drilling off Florida coast Feb. 4 at South Walton High School Feb. 4. There were three presenters on the panel, Eric Draper, deputy director of Audubon Florida was at the forum speaking against the proposed drilling on behalf of protectfloridasbeaches.org. David McLain, senior policy director for Apalachicola Riverkeeper, also spoke against proposed drilling. As a former oil spill clean up expert, McLain spoke about the impact of...

Destin Fishing Rodeo and Seafood Festival kicks off October events

Destin Fishing Rodeo the entire month of October / Destin Seafood Festival Oct. 2-4 Established in 1948, The Destin Fishing Rodeo is the ultimate fishing tournament for saltwater anglers of all ages. • Open Everyday – October 1st through October 31st • The Rodeo is FREE to angler’s fishing aboard a registered boat in the Rodeo. • Weigh-ins everyday on the docks at A.J.’s Seafood & Oyster Bar from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. • Open to Private and Charter...

Nick’s Restaurant hosting fishing tournament Sept. 12

Anglers compete for speckled trout, redfish, catfish and ladyfish at the Nick’s September Showdown on the Choctawhatchee Bay Nick’s Restaurant is hosting speckled trout, redfish, catfish and ladyfish tournament on the Choctawhatchee Bay on Sept. 12. Starting time will be at daybreak. This is a Choctawhatchee Bay tournament and all fish must be caught on the Bay or estuaries from Brooks Bridge to Peach Creek. ALL CONTESTANTS MUST BE REGISTERED BY 8:00 PM FRIDAY SEPTMEBER 11 Contact Trey Nick at...

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...