4 Fishing Piers in Palm Beach County

By Terry Gibson Four of the state’s best and most easily accessed public fishing opportunities are found within a short drive of each other in Palm Beach County. They are: the Lake Worth Pier, Palm Beach County’s Ocean Inlet Park in Boynton Beach, the new Lantana Bridge piers, and the Lake Worth…

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Boynton Beach Inlet: An Angling & Boating Paradise

By Terry Gibson A few weeks ago, I went with some friends offshore out of the Boynton Beach Inlet, caught a box full of mahi, and made it back to Lantana's Old Key Lime House in time to watch the Gator game on the big screen over the water. I grew up just a few miles north and hadn't been "home"…

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Homosassa Scalloping: Fun for the Whole Family

By Jill Martin Have you ever been scalloping? I hadn't, untl last weekend, when we loaded up the car and drove to Scallop Country – ok, it’s really called Citrus County, on Florida’s west coast. To get your bearings, Citrus County is 90 miles from Tampa, 90 miles from Orlando and 60 miles south…

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An Introduction to Florida Scallop Season

By Terry Tomalin Bay scallops, a tiny cousin of the common sea scallops you see seared on restaurant menus, are not for sale so the only way to enjoy this bounty from the sea is to strap on a mask and fins and swim. You will find these little swimmers (yes bay scallops, unlike other shellfish, do…

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Dive into Florida's Gulf Coast Scallop Season

By Terry Tomalin When scallop season rolls around on Florida's Gulf Coast, it's time to dust off your snorkeling gear and make sure that swimsuit still fits. You'll find Argopecten irradians scattered throughout the Gulf of Mexico, but places where freshwater rivers flow into the ocean are where…

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Trout Fishing in Florida: Tips for Catching Speckled Sea Trout

Call them speckled or spotted, trout fishing in Florida is plentiful and can be caught by anglers with any skill level. The spotted sea trout, an inshore fish more commonly known as speckled sea trout, abounds in Florida waters, waiting to be hooked by beginners and experienced anglers alike…

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Guide to Florida Lobstering

By Terry Tomalin There's good reason lobster divers are called bug hunters. The hardest part about catching these tasty crustaceans is finding them. Lobsters don’t stay put. They love to move around. When the special two-day spiny lobster sport season opens is held each year the last Wednesday…

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10 Fish to Catch in Florida

By Terry Tomalin With more than 7,700 lakes, 10,550 miles of rivers and 2,276 miles of tidal shoreline, there is no doubt why fishing in Florida is one of the top activities for locals and visitors. It's wonder the state has produced more than 900 world records, more than any other state or…

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Kissimmee's Fishing Paradise

By Terry Gibson Recently, veteran bass pro Terry Segraves invited me to fish Lake Toho with him, a few days ahead of the full moon and the spawn. Terry has lived in Kissimmee since 1983 and knows the area as well as anyone. He put me on fish and in the process wound up offering a tour of the…

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Why Florida is the 'Fishing Capital of the World'

A question-and-answer guide to facts behind Florida's fishing wonderland. By Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission Staff (FWC) Why is Florida the "Fishing Capital of the World"? By The Numbers Who Loves Fishing in Florida? What Do I Need to Be Safe? What Should I Do to Help Sustain…

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