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blue-crab-trap-closures-mapsRecreational and commercial blue crab harvesters in certain areas of the Panhandle must remove their blue crab traps from the water before Jan. 5, the first day of a 10-day trap closure.
gag-grouper-2-200The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) unanimously decided on a draft 2013 Gulf of Mexico gag grouper recreational season Wednesday, Dec. 5, at its Commission meeting in Apalachicola.
Gone-Coastal-Logo-150Let’s talk straight.  Lionfish are a challenge.

gag-grouper-2-200The recreational harvest season for gag grouper in most Gulf of Mexico waters and vermilion snapper in the Atlantic Ocean will close on Nov. 1.

trophy-bass-catch-249x187Corey Dolan of Tallahassee celebrated landing a 12.3-pound largemouth bass on Lake Talquin and released it Tuesday afternoon to become the first entrant in the Florida TrophyCatch program.

mystery-eyeball-300After examining an eye found on a south Florida beach this week, researchers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) believe the specimen came from a swordfish.

Gone-Coastal-Logo-150Finally, the hot and humid days of summer are behind us and, for the first time in a while, you can get out on the water in perfect comfort.

stone-crab-image-with-measurements-249x187Get your claw crackers ready, because Florida’s recreational and commercial stone crab claw harvest season opens Oct. 15 in state and federal waters.
gag-grouper-2-200The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will host a workshop next week to gather public input on Gulf of Mexico gag grouper.

trophy-catch-image-200Catching a trophy largemouth bass is the dream of anyone who fishes for this valuable game fish, which is the most-sought species in North America.

scallops-in-bucket-249x187The 2012 recreational season for bay scallops, which was extended two weeks earlier this year, will close Tuesday, Sept. 25.

man-fishing-in-saltwater-249x187Looking for something to do this Labor Day weekend?  Why not get out on the water and experience some of Florida’s finest fishing?

common_snook 200The recreational harvest season for snook opens Sept. 1 in Florida’s Atlantic coastal and inland waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River.
amberjack-fwc-photo-amanda-nalleyWhen I first heard my brother-in-law, James “Jim Bob” Higgins, talking about catching full-grown greater amberjack on spinning tackle and top-water plugs, I was a bit skeptical, to say the least.

lionfishThe Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced changes to the lionfish harvest at a media event today in Coral Gables.

Gone-Coastal-Logo-150Lobster sport season is July 25-26, followed by the regular season that begins Aug. 6 and runs through the end of March 2013.

spiny lobster great pixThe 2012 recreational and commercial spiny lobster seasons will open soon, beginning with the two-day spiny lobster recreational season July 25 and 26.

snapperIf you go saltwater fishing in this state, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) researchers want to learn about your experiences and opinions through the new online Florida Saltwater Fishing Panel.

red snapper 150The federal and state recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico waters has been extended six days.

Lil' Daniel Lamarche served as First Mate when his grandfather took two plantation managers fishing out of Shell Point, in Wakulla County, Florida.  The two adults had a great catch, but the First Mate did pretty well himself. 

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Lil' Daniel's amberjack was released. Lil' Daniel's sea bass was bigger than
some of the grouper!
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Joel Norman, manager of Senah Plantation
in Albany, GA with big cobia.
Joel Norman with keeper gag grouper.

Georgia DNR Law Enforcement Captain Jeff Swift and brother-in-law John Eudy came down from Albany to go grouper fishing with Major Alan Lamarche of Plantation Security, Inc. on opening day of the gag grouper season.  Thirteen year old Daniel Lamarche Jr. served as First Mate. 

The crew fished 25 miles south of Shell Point and came in with a limit of gag and red grouper that were caught on live pinfish and L-y's.

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Georgia DNR Capt. Jeff Swift
with 13 lb. gag grouper
John Eudy with gag grouper he released;
Capt. Swift with keeper red grouper

gator-mk-249x187As the weather has heated up, so too have Florida’s alligator and crocodile activities, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds Floridians and visitors to be cautious when having fun in and around water.

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