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Shark fishing more than sport on Navarre Beach

Shark fishing more than sport on Navarre Beach

          While most of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier is empty on a chilly winter morning, the octagon at the end holds a row of poles fitted with massive reels. Several fishermen sit waiting for any sign their bait has been taken.               Read the […]

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 […]

Pier Guys bring smiles, rescue sea turtles

Pier Guys bring smiles, rescue sea turtles

Zipping along in golf carts, talking with schoolchildren, teaching tourists how to cast a line or even rescuing endangered sea turtles, Navarre Beach Fishing Pier has a few new “pier guys” on the payroll. Self-titled Lead Pier Guy Thomas Mintz heads up the new team. He started in the position in March and said he […]

Reopening of gray triggerfish season on the horizon

Reopening of gray triggerfish season on the horizon

Fishermen will soon be able to cast their lines into the state waters of the Gulf of Mexico in the hopes of reeling in gray triggerfish. The recreational season was closed for most of 2017, opening only for a limited time over four weekends this past fall in state waters. Now the Florida Fish and […]

Team aims to determine true numbers of red snapper population

Team aims to determine true numbers of red snapper population

No one knows for sure how many red snapper are out in the Gulf of Mexico. Fishermen believe there are more than the numbers calculated in stock assessments. A team of 21 scientists from state and federal agencies and universities in the Gulf Coast region, including Florida, are determined to paint a better picture of […]

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 […]

Students dive into lionfish research

Students dive into lionfish research

Navarre and Gulf Breeze students cut into more than 100 lionfish last week as part of a large dissection research project. The students of Navarre High School, Navarre Beach Marine Science Station, Gulf Breeze High School and others in Escambia County were partnering with the University of West Florida Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation […]

Take a Kid Fishing set for October

Take a Kid Fishing set for October

The Navarre Beach Fishing pier will be the site of the Take a Kid Fishing event on Navarre Beach in October. The event coincides with the Navarre Beach Fishing Rodeo that will also be going on that weekend. The Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners approved the Navarre Chamber Foundation’s request for the use […]

Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day

The combination of a festival and tournament – there are activities for divers, land-lovers, and the whole family! This event is free and will include various activities such as: Lionfish tastings Filet demonstrations Family activities Education booths Vendors Kids’ area Celebrity Chefs Raffles and prizes For additional information, please visit reefrangers.com/event-info/.  

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. […]

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.

Season closed, but gray triggerfish population appears to be improving

Season closed, but gray triggerfish population appears to be improving

The closure of the gray triggerfish season in 2017 is bad news to fishermen in both state and federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico. But the closure also signals that perhaps the rebuilding plan that was put in place for gray triggerfish population nearly a decade ago may actually be working. “In a sense, […]

Oyster population poised to thrive again

Oyster population poised to thrive again

Oyster populations are poised to thrive again in the region thanks to the Oyster Cultch Placement Project, a $5.3 million regional plan designed to enhance and improve the oyster populations in Pensacola Bay, St. Andrews Bay and Apalachicola Bay. The project’s most recent focus was on the waters in the Pensacola Bay System in Escambia […]

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 […]

Pier peak season peaks profits

Pier peak season peaks profits

As beach season winds to a close and the number of visits to the 1,545-foot long Navarre Pier become less crowded, the pier has moved to its winter hours. As of Nov. 6, the pier opens at dawn and closes half an hour after dark. Though the traffic is beginning to slow, the pier saw […]

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 […]

Turtle rescue thwarted by line cutting

Turtle rescue thwarted by line cutting

If you hook a sea turtle while fishing on the pier, do not cut the line. That’s what Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Patroller Jim Holmes begged of fishermen Friday, Sept. 9 after a fishing “novice” cut the line on an entangled turtle off Navarre Pier before rescuers could arrive. When the turtle was spotted, pier […]

Greater amberjack season closes early

Greater amberjack season closes early

Plans to reopen the greater amberjack recreational fishery in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico this month are off the table due to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration projecting the allowable harvest has been exceeded. The fishery was scheduled to be open until the end of the year. A similar fate for the […]

Pier fishing offers simple and relaxing experience

Pier fishing offers simple and relaxing experience

James Bodison totes a cart loaded with a cooler, fishing rods and the other necessary items, such as bait, a tackle box, weights and sinkers needed to make his day of fishing off the Navarre Beach pier a successful one. Though July is typically not the best month of the year to fish, it matters […]

FWC offers free fishing weekends

FWC offers free fishing weekends

Florida Gov.  Rick Scott announced two license-free fishing weekends in June. The first took place this past weekend for saltwater fishing and the second, a freshwater fishing weekend, is scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday for Florida residents and visitors. “Florida is the fishing capital of the world,” Scott said in a press release. “As […]

Red Snapper season may bag 72 days

Red Snapper season may bag 72 days

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will soon set the dates for the 2016 recreational Red Snapper season in the Gulf Mexico. The proposed season is 72 days, which would be two days longer than the 2015 season. Read the full article in the Feb. 25 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe […]