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Nauti-Girls tourney set for June 13

The 6th Annual Nauti-Girls Ladies Fishing Tournament sponsored by the Steinhatchee Community Projects Board and The Taylor Tourism Council takes to the water on Saturday, June 13. More than $4000…

Recreational snook season closes June 1

The recreational harvest of snook in Atlantic state and federal waters will close on June 1. Snook will re-open for harvest in Atlantic federal and state waters, including Lake Okeechobee…

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,…