In September, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service released a survey of anglers and hunters that was full of good news.
Nationally, there was an 11 percent increase in the number of anglers, and Florida boasts a whopping 3.1 million who fished an amazing 57.6 million days in the waters of this great state. We are the fishing capital of the world.
Hunting and wildlife viewing participation also increased dramatically, on the national and regional levels.
If you love to fish, hunt or generally recreate outdoors, Florida has something for everyone. How's this for diversity?
-- Fish for yellowtail snapper and other reef species on a party boat in the Keys.
-- Grab some crickets, worms or minnows and take a kid to catch a mess of bream and crappie on Lake Okeechobee.
-- Catch a snook in the mangrove labyrinth known as Everglades National Park.
-- Go gator hunting in the St. Johns marsh.
--C atch a sailfish in the Gulf Stream.
Come see why so many of us live here or visit regularly.