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Family, giving back at heart of SERTOMA fishing rodeo

Family, giving back at heart of SERTOMA fishing rodeo

Fishing is certainly a focal point of the SERTOMA Family Fishing Rodeo, but it’s not the only one. It’s also about giving back to the community and about family as well. Both are at the heart of the event, which takes place Saturday and Sunday at South Shoreline Park in Gulf Breeze.   Read the […]

R3 Program focuses on sustaining popularity of fishing

R3 Program focuses on sustaining popularity of fishing

Fishing is a big deal in Florida. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission wants to make sure that angling continues to be a staple in the Sunshine State for years to come.   Read the full article in the May 30 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click […]

Joey Ferrell finally lands his first cobia

Joey Ferrell finally lands his first cobia

Joey Ferrell has been fishing off the Navarre Beach Pier for as long as he can remember. In early April, he caught a cobia for the first time. The weight of the fish checked in at 22 pounds. “It was exciting,” Ferrell said. “It definitely got my adrenaline pumping and my eyes open to looking […]

Legislation to create more opportunities in federal waters

Legislation to create more opportunities in federal waters

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have passed legislation to create more opportunities in federal waters for recreational fishing. The bill formerly known as the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act–the name has been simplified to the Modern Fish Act– was first introduced in July 2017. Read the full article in the Jan. 3 issue […]

FWC proposes 2019 recreational red snapper season

FWC proposes 2019 recreational red snapper season

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has proposed a 32-day season that would begin June 11 and end July 12 in federal and state waters. That stretch is eight days longer than what was proposed for 2018, but, if approved, would be eight days shorter than the 40-day season that was ultimately approved for the […]

Inshore club offers opportunity for fun and fishing

Inshore club offers opportunity for fun and fishing

Originally from West Virginia, Bill Lipscomb has always had an interest in fishing. Six years ago, he was reeled into helping with what would become the Navarre-based Panhandle Inshore Fishing Club. Read the full article in the Oct. 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online […]

Navarre Fishing Rodeo

The Navarre Chamber Foundation is excited to once again bring to anglers young and old, novice and expert, the Navarre Fishing Rodeo set to take place Oct. 6 and 7.  This event has become a very popular and much anticipated fishing opportunity with participation growing each year.  Benefiting:  Heroes on the Water, Take A Kid […]

Reptiles drawn back to pier despite multiple run-ins with fishing hooks

Reptiles drawn back to pier despite multiple run-ins with fishing hooks

Okra, a juvenile green sea turtle, has had a rough year. After sustaining serious head trauma that exposed part of her skull, Okra ended up on the end of a fisherman’s line on the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. The hook was caught in her right shoulder. Fortunately, she was rescued and sent to the Gulfarium […]

Snapper season extended in federal waters

Snapper season extended in federal waters

Federal waters have been opened up to recreational fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico for a longer period of time thanks to the joint efforts of the United States Department of Commerce and the five Gulf states. Once set for an all-time low of only three days, the season now has an additional 39 days […]

Catchin’ Cobia

Catchin’ Cobia

Shaun Abbott leans against the railing of the Navarre Beach fishing pier, his pole leaned up against the side of it with a colorful lure dangling from the end of the line high above the sparkling green water of the Gulf of Mexico. Read the full article in the March 30 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Fishery council selects advisory panel

Fishery council selects advisory panel

The target date for the end of the rebuilding of the red snapper stock in the Gulf of Mexico won’t be reached for another 14 years, and yet, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council agrees with fishermen that the stock is healthier than it has been in the past. Read the full article in […]

Focus group casts red snapper management ideas to council

Focus group casts red snapper management ideas to council

Ken Haddad of the American Sports Fishing Association has been instrumental in helping the Gulf Angler Focus Group push for more recreational red snapper fishing opportunities in federal waters. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Wildlife Management Areas have come a long way

Wildlife Management Areas have come a long way

One purchase of land in 1941 has blossomed into something that now serves as a home for some of Florida’s most well-known and threatened wildlife species. It also provides a place for hunters and anglers to enjoy while allowing others to take advantage of golden wildlife viewing opportunities. Wildlife Management Areas now cover nearly 6 […]

FWC prepared to handle violations that occur on the field and in the water

FWC prepared to handle violations that occur on the field and in the water

It’s late at night in early December and a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer spots a vehicle shining a spotlight on several fields. Upon stopping the vehicle, the officer discovers a loaded hunting rifle and fresh deer blood on a rack attached to the back of the truck. Further investigative efforts unveil the […]

Red snapper season extended into late November

Red snapper season extended into late November

Recreational fishing in the Gulf is big business. According to Amanda Nalley, the public information specialist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, it brings in billions each year, and that includes fishing for red snapper. “While we don’t have this number broken down, we do know recreational fishing in Gulf Waters adds $7.6 […]

Record-setting rodeo

Record-setting rodeo

The 2016 Navarre Fishing Rodeo set records on many levels.  This year the rodeo attracted more people, larger sponsors, more door prizes, more fish weighed – it was more.  The beautiful weather on both days of the event got folks out onto the water to enjoy a day of fishing with family and friends. The […]

Navarre Fishing Rodeo

Navarre Fishing Rodeo

Set to take place October 1 & 2, the Navarre Fishing Rodeo is in its fourth year and has already become one of the most popular rodeos among anglers on the Emerald Coast. The tournament plans to highlight the abundance of fish swimming through area waters and the different methods for catching them. The weigh-ins […]

Calling all anglers to the Navarre Fishing Rodeo

Calling all anglers to the Navarre Fishing Rodeo

It won’t be long before anglers along the Emerald Coast can compete in the Navarre Fishing Rodeo. The event, in its fourth year, is set to take place Oct. 1-2 and is part of the 13th Annual Beaches to Woodlands Tour. The tournament highlights the abundance of fish that can be found in area waters […]

Anglers have say in snapper management

Anglers have say in snapper management

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced that they were having five public workshops to garner input from anglers about red snapper management in state and federal waters. Based on the popularity of red snapper fishing in the northern Gulf of Mexico, four of the five workshops were held in northwest Florida. “A […]