Ports of Call Along Florida's Intracoastal Waterway

Florida's Intracoastal Waterway offers sailing, cultural diversions, historic experiences at its ports of call. Florida's Intracoastal Waterway system runs along the Sunshine State, providing boaters with extraordinary ports of call. Slip into any of these magical watercourses and you'll be…

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Top Florida Fishing Piers

From Pensacola to Jacksonville, here's a list of some of the best fishing piers in Florida. By Terry Tomalin As the sun rises over Tampa Bay, dozens of anglers line the railing of the old Sunshine Skyway Bridge. It’s Monday morning and the mackerel are running along one of the most popular…

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Florida Fishing Rules and Regulations

Florida's fishing licenses, rules and regulations are aimed at helping to protect one of Florida's vital resources, and to keep you safe. Florida’s policies are designed to help ensure the safety of everyone in the Sunshine State, visitors and residents alike, and to help make sure that this…

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Gulf Coast Scallop Season: Catch Them While You Can

Steinhatchee, Homosassa and Crystal River are hotbeds for scallops. Catching the mollusks can be fun; eating them is the reward. By Terry Tomalin Steinhatchee – Jim Henley can't wait for the Gulf Coast’s scallop season. The Harvard-educated fishing guide likes to catch his share of finfish, but…

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Lake Okeechobee Lunker

In the late '90s, when I was fresh out of college, I taught high school English at Glades Day School, in Belle Glade, which is a stone's throw from Lake Okeechobee's south shore. Actually, as football crazy as that town is, maybe I should say that the boat ramp is a just a "short pass" from the…

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Going After Sailfish in Florida

Get a hook into this offshore denizen, found off Florida's coasts. By Peter Miller Known for their incredible jumps and the color changes they undergo when excited, sailfish are highly prized gamefish. They're easily recognizable by their long dorsal fin, known as a sail, and their elongated…

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Sailfish Season in Florida

By Terry Gibson One of the seasons I most look forward to in Florida is sailfish season. Thanks to our catch-and-release ethic, as well as other conservation initiatives, the sailfish population's numbers seem to be higher than at any time in recorded history. Every year, records are broken for…

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Kayak Fishing on Captiva Island

'Tween Waters Inn on Captiva Island is the perfect jumping-off point for kayak fishing and other water adventures. By Ann Marie O'Phelan Over there! My son excitedly pointed to where the dolphin's fin had surfaced. Only his eyes panned back and forth as he sat motionless in his yellow kayak…

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Your Guide to Paddling Ten Thousand Islands in Florida

By Terry Tomalin Spending a few days in the wilderness of Florida Bay is a great way to decompress and blow off some steam. Out here among the Ten Thousand Islands, there are no traffic jams, crowds or cell phones to get the blood boiling. Ten Thousand Islands Just drop anchor off a sandy beach…

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