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Lionfish Removal Day is ‘a success’

Florida’s inaugural Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day (first Saturday after Mother’s Day) was a success, from statewide lionfish removal efforts to unveiling the new “Reef Rangers” lionfish removal program to…

Flier hooked in Jackson County pond sets new Florida record

Twila Gates, from Marianna, established a new Florida freshwater fishing record with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) this month. Her catch of a 1-pound, 5.6-ounce (1.35 pounds)…

Red snapper season to open this weekend

The recreational red snapper season for Gulf state waters opens to harvest Memorial Day weekend. Red snapper is a popular species that has a strong economic impact for many coastal…

FWC marks National Safe Boating Week

Although Florida’s boating season never really ends, the traditional start is marked by National Safe Boating Week, from May 16-22. The week is a time for boaters to focus on…

Stone crab season will close May 16

The commercial and recreational harvest of stone crab claws in Florida closes on Saturday, May 16, with the last day of harvest today (May 15). Stone crab season will re-open…

5.3-pound trout takes top prize in Optimist Club Fishing Tourney

Billy Jack Gilliland’s 5.3-pound speckled trout was good enough to win the top prize of $3,000 in the Perry Optimist Club’s 24th Annual Saltwater Fishing Tournament held on Saturday, May…

Florida boasts more than 3 million anglers

By BOB WATTENDORF / Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission As the “Fishing Capital of the World,” Florida boasts more than three million anglers. At the Florida Fish and Wildlife…

FWC will debut Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is celebrating its first annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day by hosting and promoting a weekend of exciting events across the state,…

Application period nears for quota permits

By TONY YOUNG / Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Did you know that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has its own hunting channel on YouTube? Next…

Lake features ‘fish attractors’

Recreational anglers who spend time on Deer Point Lake now have a better opportunity to catch fish in several areas adjacent to “fish attractors,” which are marked by white buoys.…

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