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Panhandle Blue Crab Trap Closure Starts January 5

Panhandle Blue Crab Trap Closure Starts January 5Recreational 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. This closure will give groups authorized by the Florida Fish and
   

2012 Gulf Gag Grouper Recreational Season Draft Rule Discussed at FWC Meeting

2012 Gulf Gag Grouper Recreational Season Draft Rule Discussed at FWC MeetingThe 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. After discussing several options and hearing
   

Gone Coastal: Florida, We Have a Lionfish Problem

Gone Coastal:  Florida, We Have a Lionfish ProblemLet’s talk straight.  Lionfish are a challenge. Native to the Indian Ocean and South Pacific, these beautiful yet venomous creatures are spreading through our waters like a bad cold.  Within their native range, lionfish fit nicely into the na
   

Gulf Gag Grouper, Atlantic Vermilion Snapper Season Closures Start Nov. 1

Gulf Gag Grouper, Atlantic Vermilion Snapper Season Closures Start Nov. 1The recreational harvest season for gag grouper in most Gulf of Mexico waters and vermilion snapper in the Atlantic Ocean will close on Nov. 1. These closures are intended to reduce overfishing and increase the population of gag grouper and vermilion
   

First TrophyCatch Bass Comes from Lake Talquin

First TrophyCatch Bass Comes from Lake TalquinCorey 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. TrophyCatch is an innovative program initiated Oct. 1 by the
   

"Mystery Eyeball" Appears to be From Swordfish

After 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. Genetic testing will be done to confirm the identification. “
   

Gone Coastal: Fall Is the Time to Fish, If You Aren't Watching Football

Gone Coastal:  Fall Is the Time to Fish, If You Aren't Watching FootballFinally, 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. For me, fall brings to mind big smoker kings, grouper on the shallow reefs and reds that are way, way over
   

Stone Crab Season Opens Oct. 15 in State and Federal Waters

Stone Crab Season Opens Oct. 15 in State and Federal WatersGet your claw crackers ready, because Florida’s recreational and commercial stone crab claw harvest season opens Oct. 15 in state and federal waters. To be harvested, stone crab claws must be at least 2 3/4 inches in length when measured from the elbow
   

Public Input Requested at Oct. 11 Gulf of Mexico Gag Grouper Workshop

Public Input Requested at Oct. 11 Gulf of Mexico Gag Grouper WorkshopThe Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will host a workshop next week to gather public input on Gulf of Mexico gag grouper. The workshop focus will be determining the public’s preferred dates for the 2013 Gulf gag grouper recreational fi
   

TrophyCatch Bass-Reward Program Launched Oct. 1

TrophyCatch Bass-Reward Program Launched Oct. 1Catching 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. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) new TrophyCatch Program (TrophyCatchFlorida.com
   

Recreational Bay Scallop Season Closes Sept. 25

Recreational Bay Scallop Season Closes Sept. 25The 2012 recreational season for bay scallops, which was extended two weeks earlier this year, will close Tuesday, Sept. 25. The final day of harvesting is Sept. 24. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) extended the season temporarily
   

License-Free Saltwater Fishing Fun Saturday, Sept. 1

License-Free Saltwater Fishing Fun Saturday, Sept. 1Looking for something to do this Labor Day weekend?  Why not get out on the water and experience some of Florida’s finest fishing? Saltwater recreational anglers can fish without a recreational fishing license on Sept. 1 as part of the state’s
   

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