Northwest Features


Big Reds a Snap

Right now is “the good old days” for Panhandle Florida’s red snapper anglers, and there’s never been a better time for hooking up with the red snapper of a lifetime.


Oct. 1-Oct 14. Gulf Red Snapper Season Announced

From Southeast Fishery Bulletin, Sept. 13, 2013 NOAA Fisheries announces a rule increasing the allowable catch for red snapper from…»


Triggerfish Season Reopens Gulfside; New Limits in Effect

Quick reminder from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission: Recreational and commercial harvest of gray triggerfish opens in Gulf…»


Gag Grouper Recreational Harvest Opens July 1 in Most Gulf Waters

Gag grouper will open for recreational harvest in most Gulf of Mexico state waters and all Gulf federal waters July 1. The same day, the season will close in state waters off the coast of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties.


Gulf Recreational Red Snapper Season Begins June 1

From FWC Press Release The 2013 Gulf of Mexico recreational red snapper season begins June 1 in state and federal…»


Bay County Fishing Opportunities Expanded

The Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association, which is one of the most active nonprofit artificial reef organizations in the state, on behalf of the city of Mexico Beach, just completed the oversight and management of a significant expansion to several existing artificial reef sites off Bay County.


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.


4 Florida Counties Open April 1 to Gag Grouper Recreational Harvest

State waters off the coast of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties will open to recreational harvest of gag grouper starting April 1.


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…»

Jack Wingate, inducted posthumously into the Hall of Fame, was a legend on Lake Seminole. He appeared several times in Florida Sportsman Magazine, including this photo in the October 1990 issue. Photograph by Bob Burgess.

Bass Fishing Hall of Fame 2013 Inductees Announced

Inductees include Mike Folkestad, Darrell Lowrance, Jack Wingate …


Fishing the Fall Redfish Run

Make a date for the fall redfish run on Florida’s northern Gulf Coast. Anglers wrapped in colorful cold weather garb…»


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.


Blue Line Bass

Late summer is back-to-school time for sunshine bass on Lake Seminole. Northwest Florida anglers tend to overlook one of the year’s best times for catching sunshine bass.


Lake Jackson Drying Up

From Press Release Lake Jackson is drying up. As a result of persistent drought, the 4,000-acre lake north of Tallahassee…»

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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.