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The Nature Coast – Casting Spells

Sometimes fishing can be difficult. Especially if you aren’t catching any fish. But sometimes the opposite is true, and fishing is just plain too easy sometimes. Along the Nature Coast of Florida the serious anglers don’t consider it a great day unless they completed a “SLAM” and come caught three separate species of sport fish in a single day. Places like Homosassa Springs and Crystal Springs deliver millions of gallons of pure, clean freshwater to a uniquely vibrant section of Florida’s Gulf coast, helping to make magic waters that seem to put a spell on fish and fishermen alike. For anglers looking for an inshore slam, these enchanted waters are a top draw. Continue reading

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Nature’s 30 Ton Acrobatic Artists

Each winter more and more tourists are heading to Virginia Beach looking forward to an ocean vacation where they have the opportunity to make super-sized memories to last a lifetime. The experience they are seeking is the thrilling chance of a personal encounter with one of the largest sentient creatures ever to exist on Earth. Humpback Whale watching tours in Chesapeake Bay heat up when the temperatures cool off, allowing tourists spectacular opportunities to view these giant acrobatics up close. Continue reading

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Plopping and Plunking

Florida isn’t always a fun place during the dog days of summer. Tourism slows down, work slows down, air conditioning speeds up and squirrels even lazily stretch belly down on cool shaded bricks, too steamed out by a combination of hot, hot sun and massive amounts of warm, water-saturated air to do anything but nap. It gets really hot like that. But for those lucky residents and summer tourists along the Nature Coast of Florida, sticky humid days in late July and August are what they have been excitedly anticipating all year long. That’s when the scalloping season gets going, and it’s time for plopping and plunking. Continue reading

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The Road to a Tropical Vacation Less Traveled

Taking a tropical vacation is probably one of the top things on most American’s bucket lists. Who doesn’t want to escape from it all and enjoy the rejuvenating powers of seeing something truly amazing? But sadly, for most of us, that trip to Bali or Tahiti or the Amazon will remain a dreamed of adventure that goes unrealized. The distance and cost involved simply sometimes make such exotic trips more and more out of reach for the average family. But few realize that they have options much closer to home. The southern Gulf Coast of Florida offers a great opportunity to take a trip to the tropics without needing to obtain a passport and expensive flight or cruise to the more commonly fantasized destinations. The 10,000 Islands area of Florida is an exotic and mesmerizing tropical ecosystem that lets vacation seekers take a fantasy trip to paradise without having to spend a small fortune or journey thousands of miles around the Earth to get there. Continue reading

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Florida Sea Monsters – Big Game Angling

There are plenty of things that divide us as a country. Race, politics, gender, religion… but if there is one thing most all American’s have in common is the belief that bigger is better. Bigger homes, bigger cars, bigger paychecks, bigger boats, bigger vacations, bigger burgers, it’s a go big or go home lifestyle we are all searching for. Peter Gabriel’s hit song, Big Time, could be America’s new national anthem. The world of sport fishing is no different. All fishermen dream of the big one, the big catch, the BIG fish. Perhaps that is why Florida attracts so many fishermen. It has more coastline than any other state in the lower 48, giving sport anglers bigger chances of hauling in a monster. Continue reading

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On a “Lobster” Roll in the Florida Keys

Saltwater fishing is one of Florida’s biggest attractions, drawing fanatical anglers from all across the country. With an endless seafood buffet of favorites to target, like Redfish, Snook, Grouper, Tarpon and many, many more, some anglers planning on a fishing trip to Florida may not realize that the Sunshine State is also home to fantastic shell fishing opportunities. For those willing or wanting to forgo a rod and reel, there are all manner of delicious things to catch by other fishing methods. One of the most exciting experiences available is swimming in the tropical waters surrounding the Florida Keys to catching Spiny Lobsters by hand. Continue reading

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Red Snapper

Saltwater angling is an ever growing sport throughout the Gulf of Mexico. Warm winters, 1,680 miles of coastline, a variety of coastal ecosystems and myriad species of fish to target make it one of the top angling destinations in the world. Among the icons of angling targets in the Gulf is Red Snapper, known for its high quality taste and game fighting abilities. Interest in recreational fishing for these beautiful light ruby tinted reef fish has increased dramatically over the years. One of the Gulf’s signature species, they are prized offerings at restaurants and seafood markets throughout the world. Continue reading

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