Paul Shafland, director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Exotic Fisheries Lab, captured this year’s “Pass It On” Award. September 2008 The award was given by the Florida Outdoor Writers Association (FOWA) and Bass Pro Shops. He bagged the honor at FOWA’s annual conference Sept. 13. The “Pass It On” Award is […]

September 2008, By RONALD L. LITTLEPAGE The St. Johns River, always beautiful, especially sparkles on a fresh fall day when the temperature finally dips into the 50s after a long, hot summer. Thursday was such a day in Jacksonville and the river, indeed, sparkled. The sight was a vivid reminder of why we must protect […]

WOW…is the first words that come to mind when describing this trip, I think the picture puts it all in perspective! Dave Harmond from Palm Beach had family in from England for the pass two weeks and have been Florida fishing with very little success. Dave got referred to us and called wanting to get […]

A complex and vastly expensive schedule of projects to help the St. Johns River’s health in Northeast Florida is expected to be endorsed today by state and local agencies, utilities and representatives of business and citizen interests. Taxpayers and utility customers will spend more than $600 million for projects that could take 15 years to […]

Fishing photos convey fun – and responsibility By Bob Wattendorf, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “A picture is worth a thousand words” is an aphorism that we’ve all likely heard and understood. When you see a cute photo of a child and proud parent displaying even the smallest of fish, you get a sense […]

Today I had the pleasure of taking Jim Hammer out fly fishing for peacock bass. We started off in some remote canals fishing against the sides of the canal banks, it was a little slow until the sun started rising. As we moved around a lot by the end of the day, we had 22 […]

The best locations for catching catfish occur all over the state of Florida. By Bob Wattendorf:Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission The Apalachicola River offers excellent fishing for channel, flathead, and blue catfish. Angling for big channel cats is best from April into early July; flathead fishing picks up in April and runs into the […]

Florida is called the “Fishing Capital of the World” in part because it is the destination of choice for anglers from throughout the United States and numerous countries around the world. With great natural resources and the efforts of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and responsible anglers, Florida is home to some of […]

Monster blue catfish was caught Monday in the Choctawhatchee. By JIM SUTTON, The Times-Union What’s 53-1/2 inches long, nearly 3 feet in circumference and weighs more than 60 pounds? It could be a water heater or a world-record watermelon, but for a Panhandle angler this week, it was a state-record catfish. James Mitchell was fishing […]

Today was a special day, I had the opportunity to take out Kyle and Tony Patterson from Maryland. They were down on vacation and it was Kyle’s graduation gift from his dad to go Peacock bass fishing. Kyle a great young man and one heck of a fisherman, now a big part of the future […]