June 24, 2016
Although lionfish have no controlling predators in the invaded range, diver removals are an effective method of reducing lionfish populations. ©REEF

REEF 2016 Summer Lionfish Derby Series Dates Released

Key Largo, Florida – June 16th, 2016 This summer, Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) will be hosting their 8th Annual Summer Lionfish Derby Series.  Lionfish Derbies are competitions where divers and snorkelers compete to bring in the most lionfish in a single day for over $3,500 in cash prizes.  Since […]
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June 24, 2016
Director Jessica McCawley with the FWC's Division of Marine Fisheries Management shows the number of fishing licenses and snook stamps sold from fiscal year 2004-2005 to fiscal year 2014-2015.

Snook Stock is on the Rise, Aligns with FWC Goals

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) took immediate action to help the snook population rebound after a prolonged cold spell in January 2010. The cold snap, which led the FWC to close the fisheries, had a much greater effect on the snook population on the Gulf Coast than […]
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June 24, 2016
UWF graduate student Cody Nash takes a catfish fin sample which will be put in vials of nontoxic preservative and taken to the lab for genetic testing.

UWF Professor, Students Monitoring Shark Nursery Habitats

By Richard Conn Pensacola – A crew of University of West Florida graduate students cast and set a gill net off a fishing boat in Pensacola Bay, hoping to catch a shark. “We put it out there, and then we let it sit in the water for about 30 minutes, just to […]
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June 20, 2016
Evan Wheeler boated this huge speckled trout estimated at 8-plus pounds while fishing with Tim String in Mobile Bay.

Mobile Bay Trout Fishing Makes Big Turnaround

By DAVID RAINER Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Tim String is a happy camper again. The speckled trout fishing in Mobile Bay and nearby estuaries has been excellent this spring and early summer, which means String’s boat is full of happy campers as well. “From last year to […]
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June 14, 2016
A boat from the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division heads out with a load of bamboo structures that were deployed on Logan Martin Lake last year as fish attractors.

Alabama Project Deploys Structures to Improve Fishing

By David Rainer Most freshwater anglers know if you’re not getting hung up occasionally, you’re not fishing in the right spot. Species like bass and crappie are most often found around structure of some sort. That is the reason the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division created the Habitat […]
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May 31, 2016
PHOTOS: Jack Tibbs, a lifelong bass fisherman and Mayor of the City of Eufaula, enjoys the lake's return to prominence among the nation's top bass lakes. Tibbs says Eufaula has something to offer for every style of bass fishing from shallow vegetation to deep-water ledge fishing.

Lake Eufaula Rebounds to Former Glory

By David Rainer Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Any angler who fished Lake Eufaula during a down cycle in late 2010 and early 2011 will be glad to know the 46,000-acre impoundment on the Chattahoochee River in southeast Alabama has rebounded to its former glory. During that down […]
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May 31, 2016
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Free Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic Coming up on St. George Island!

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting a Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic on St. George Island June 4. The free, day-long clinic is from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the St. George Island State Park, 1900 E. Gulf Beach Drive, St. George Island.   Advance registration is required. To register […]
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May 27, 2016
A satellite-signal tagged mako shark is returned to the wild by Guy Harvey. A mako called Matt J. has been circling off Charleston. PROVIDED BY GUY HARVEY RESEARCH INSTITUTE

‘Alpha Predator’ Mako Shark Circling Waters off Charleston

By Bo Petersen | The Post and Courier Easy, now. A mako shark is not a great white. It is, though, a more compact version of the shark considered the largest predator in the ocean. Like the great white, a mako is an alpha creature built for speed, big enough […]
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May 16, 2016
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It’s A Fishing Mecca At Okeechobee KOA

By Bob Rountree | FloridaRambler.com Driving up the east side of Lake Okeechobee, we passed dozens of run-down fishing camps on U.S. 98 after leaving the serene Dupuis Wildlife Management Area near Port Mayaka. The east side of Lake Okeechobee doesn’t have much to offer except shabby-looking fishing camps along the lake’s rim canal, so it […]
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May 4, 2016
Graduates of Ladies, Let's Go Fishing South Florida University.

Novice Anglers Catch 40 lb. Grouper, Release 300 lb. Hammerhead After Taking South FL “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” University April 29 – May 1

News Release By Betty Bauman | “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” Women and teens learned, practiced and had a chance to tackle offshore fishing FT. LAUDERDALE, FL 5/3/2016 – Participants came from around the state to learn fishing skills at the “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” South Florida University April 29 – May […]
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May 4, 2016
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Alabama Sets Snapper Season in State Waters

By David Rainer Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Alabama has an extremely valuable resource in waters off our state’s coastline. It combines great fisheries with manmade structures to create the nation’s premier reef fish destination. The Alabama Artificial Reef Program has overseen the deployment of 15,000-plus structures in […]
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April 29, 2016
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Sailors for the Sea’s Green Boating Guide

By Hilary Kotoun | Sailor for the Sea In honor of Earth Day, Sailors for the Sea is launching their new Green Boating Guide just in time for the spring boat preparation season! Sailors for the Sea partnered with Bonnier Publishing to survey the subscribers of Cruising World and Sailing World to […]
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April 1, 2016
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Torqeedo Sponsors Inaugural Kayak Fishing Championship

Kayak angling is the second fastest-growing outdoor sport, and is now generating competitions on a national level. The inaugural Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship was held March 19–20 on Kentucky Lake in Paris, Tennessee. Sponsored by Torqeedo, a long-time advocate of small boat fishing, the winner of the event took […]
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March 28, 2016
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Collector’s Edition – Spring 2012

Baffled by billfish – tagging Caribbean billfish reveals previousily unknown information about the great distances these majestic creatures travel.  Plus, Chef Justin Harry shares his style and recipes from Tradewinds Island Resorts. Other articles of interest include:  Boating Green and Shallow Water tools. Buy this back issue for $10 (includes […]
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March 28, 2016
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“Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” Weekend Offers Angling Fun in South Florida April 29-May 1, 2016, Plus Online Auction

By Betty Bauman Fort Lauderdale, FL – 3/2016 – Women, men and teens are invited to tackle fishing skills at the South Florida “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” University, April 29-May 1, 2016 at the I.T. Parker Community Center, Dania Beach, FL. Hosted by the nonprofit organization, the weekend conservation-minded university […]
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March 24, 2016
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The “Flounder Bowl” is Back

The “Flounder Bowl” is back. This year’s tournament is scheduled for June 25 or 26 with a captains meeting June 24. The tournament will be capped at 120 boats again this year. Online registration is available and encouraged at www.flounderbowl.com . Both anglers and sponsors can join at the Flounder Bowl website. The Flounder Bowl […]
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March 23, 2016
Students dissect lionfish to look for prey items during marine biology class at Gulf Breeze High School Monday February 29, 2016 in Gulf Breeze, Florida. (Michael Spooneybarger/ CREO)

UWF, Local Schools Team To Study Effects Of Lionfish

By Richard Conn | WUWF The highly invasive lionfish has been become a dominant predator since it was first documented in the Gulf off Pensacola in 2010. Armed with venomous spines, a voracious appetite and no natural predator, it’s common to find 50 to 60 lionfish on just one reef, […]
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March 23, 2016
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Calling All Red Drum Anglers. Your Input Needed.

A new red drum stock assessment is complete and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is seeking input from anglers about their experiences with the red drum fishery. We want to know how you think the fishery is doing and what you think of the current bag limits. […]
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