West Central Features


The Florida Reef Fishing Menu

What kinds of fish might you find on the artificial reefs and wrecks around the Florida coast? That depends on season and latitude, to some extent. In midwinter, for instance, there’s a pretty big difference between the cold, nutrient-rich green water you’d encounter off Fernandina Beach, in far northeast Florida, and the warm, crystal clear Gulf Stream along the Florida Keys.


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…»


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…»

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Proposed Pinellas County Boating Safety Zones

On Thursday, April 18, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved staff recommendations for potential revisions to boating safety zones in Pinellas 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.


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.

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Fishing for Big Seatrout

You’ll catch more trout weighing over five pounds on purpose than by accident. You’ve fished for seatrout for years. You can catch a limit on command, most months of the year. And yet you’ve never caught one over 5 pounds.

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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…»

Brian Jill... far from Florida.

Florida Fly Guide, Sunglasses Maker Fording New Waters with GeoFish Films

Capt. Brian Jill is a Tampa Bay-area fishing guide and roving video-journalist for the GeoFish film series. He’s listed as one of the Trout Bums on the Costa Del Mar Explore site, but Brian Jill is neither a classic trout fisherman nor is he a bum.

View from high point on the levee. Photo from FWC.

New Hunting Opportunities on Rolling Meadows in Kissimmee Chain

From FWC Press Release A new, but temporary, weekend hunting opportunity in portions of Osceola and Polk counties began Sept.…»


Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day with Florida Sportsman, Saturday, Sept. 22

One place to celebrate our sporting heritage is the Florida Sportsman Expo at the South Florida Fairgrounds in Tampa…


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.


Fishing Tampa Bay Bridges

Your roadmap for success on the biggest “reefs” in Florida waters. Bridges carry folks from Point A to Point B, but how about Point Sea? You have to get out of your vehicle for that one, but sling a bait under one of these people pathways and you’ll find angling action aplenty.


Fishing on Central Time

Angling over the horizon produces big. By Frank Sargeant, Projects Editor Ten minutes after that fish was released, we were…»