Panhandle 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.


Gulf Red Snapper Closes Recreationally October 22 in State Waters

The recreational harvest of red snapper will close October 22 in state waters of the Gulf of Mexico, with the final day of harvest being October 21. The season will close Oct. 15 in Gulf federal waters, with the final day of harvesting being today. State waters are from shore to 9 nautical miles in the Gulf and federal waters are from 9 nautical miles out to 200 nautical miles.


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…»


Destin Billfish Slam

Fish the northern Gulf this summer for blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish. It’s different than what you might find in South Florida or The Bahamas. Way different from global hotspots like Kona or Panama. We have a mix of billfish species, sure—blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish. But we have longer runs to contend with, and a harder time finding actual blue water.


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…»


2013 Mullet Toss Will Bring Fishy Fun to Perdido Key this Weekend

April isn’t complete until we have April Fool’s Day on April 1, income tax deadline day on April 15, and crowds of people throwing fish across the Alabama-Florida state line on the last full weekend of the month.


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.

Mussel power: Lampsilis' display attracts host fish on the Coosa River, AL.  Photo by Paul L. Freeman, The Nature Conservancy/published on Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society website.

Nature’s Riverkeepers, Mussels Receive Additional Protection on North Florida, Alabama Watersheds

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service extended Endangered Species Act protection to eight species of freshwater mussels and 1,494 miles of stream in Alabama and Florida today …


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…»

PRoject healing waters

Veterans Group Asks for Support from Florida Fly Fishermen

I suggest all Florida fly fishermen read Gorby’s call for help, and strongly consider supporting this great effort …


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.


Top Sportsman Summer Destinations

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

Dolphin tag

Tagging Dolphin for the Future of the Fishery

Lately Don Hammond and his Dolphinfish Research Program have been notching breakthrough insights on the species’ habits and migrations.


Red Snapper in the Gulf of Mexico

How Florida Gulf Coast anglers gear up for red snapper season. By Ed Mashburn Red snapper are loaded into a…»

57.4 lb Big Head Carp

Bighead Carp in Florida, Pt. II

Bob Wattendorf, of the FWC Freshwater Fisheries division, responds to the news item we posted last week, about angler Craig…»