Big Bend Features


Bass of the Wild Wacissa River

Fly fishing a pristine North Florida stream for Suwannee bass. The Wacissa River is not a place where you concentrate on fishing and just give the scenery a once over when things are slow. Instead, it’s a place so beautiful and so alive that it’s hard to stay focused on the task at hand-namely dropping a fly in just the right spot to entice a lurking Suwannee bass.

From left: Tom Gadacz, Flip Pallot, Chico Fernandez and Phil Greenlee at the Florida Fly Expo in Crystal River.

Florida Council Fly Fishing Expo 2013

Five hundred Florida fly anglers converged in mid-October to attend the IFFF Florida Council’s 2013 Fly Fishing Expo at The Plantation on Crystal River.


2013 Young Boats Owners’ Tournament

The advantage of purchasing a custom boat is that it’s built exactly to your personal specifications. And there was no more proof to that statement than at the 2013 Young Boats Owners’ Tournament, held May 4 at Crystal River.


Proposed Rule for Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Quota Increase

OAA Fisheries is seeking comments on a proposed rule for Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper. The rule, if implemented, would set the 2013 quotas for commercial and recreational red snapper harvest.


NOAA Fisheries Seeking Comments on Gulf Grouper Fisheries

NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comment on a proposed rule that would establish a 2013 gag recreational fishing season that opens on July 1 and closes when the annual catch target is projected to be caught.


FWC: 2013 Gag Grouper Season Set for Gulf State Waters

From Press Release/FWC The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) set the 2013 recreational gag grouper season for Gulf…»

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New Book on Hiking Orlando Trails

Five-Star Trails: Orlando by Sandra Friend details hikes in the Orlando area, just in time for the cool fall and…»


Fishing Suwannee Creeks

There are probably more unnamed creeks on Florida’s Big Bend than there are ones with names. Chase reds and trout in this unique maze of waterways.


Sand Patch Gags

West Coast summer grouper are easy to find, once you know what their homes look like. Each sandy patch we stopped at produced grouper, almost always on the first drop, attesting to Bradley’s formula–white patch plus dark bottom divided by 10 feet of warm summer water equals grouper.


The Right Kind of Blues

Every fisherman has a superstition. My lures don’t get a name until they catch a billfish. Ginger now had a place in our spread behind Marge, a pink swimmer.

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FWC Poll on Extending Scallop Season

FWC asks about extending scalloping season.


Top Sportsman Summer Destinations

Sportsman Channel’s hosts and experts pick some of the best vacation spots available for today’s sportsman this summer.


Kids Experience the Outdoors in Ocala, Saturday, May 12

All folks interested in learning more about sustainable outdoor recreation such as duck hunting, alligator hunting, deer, hog and turkey hunting, fishing, trapping, the shooting sports such as archery, shotgun and .22 along with many other activities should plan on attending this great event that’s open to the public and free for all who attend.


Incoming! Make Way for Suwannee Sturgeons

Gulf sturgeon have begun their annual migration back into the Suwannee River. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers have reported seeing the fish jump already this year …


Scallops and Trout in Steinhatchee

Steinhatchee is epicenter for west Florida’s unique midsummer fish-and-dive trips. Plan now. It’s one of those must-do items on any Florida angler’s list.


Take the Middle Ground

This legendary fishing ground is still producing for long-range partyboat anglers on the West Coast.