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Alaska – An Angling Paradise

Imagine taking a sport fishing vacation. If you are honest, you probably imagined someplace warm like Florida, Louisiana or Baja California. There’s no shame in that. But if the quality of fishing is more important than the quality of the weather, you might want to try heading north to Alaska, where some of the best, most unspoiled fishing action is waiting for serious sport anglers. Continue reading

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Amazing Grouper Action on the Gulf Coast

One of the most exciting angling experiences to be had along the coast of Florida is fishing for grouper. Exceptional tasting and hard fighting, grouper in Florida are most often found in deeper waters as these broad, heavyweights favor rocky bottoms, outcroppings and underwater wrecks. Popular along the deeper near shore waters of the Atlantic coast, fishing for these big brutes can also be exceptional along many areas of the Gulf of Mexico portion of Florida’s coast. Many anglers might be surprised to learn that Naples is a fantastic location for grouper fishing, as its unique offshore environment littered with wrecks and reefs provides the structure these underwater bruisers love to haunt. Continue reading

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An Enchanted Entanglement of Inshore Opportunities

Nestled away along the gulf coast of Florida is an angling paradise that is one of the Sunshine State’s most unspoiled ecosystems. The small town of Homosassa, FL is home to some of the best inshore saltwater fishing anywhere in the eastern United States. Nearby Homosassa Springs, an amazing first magnitude spring, discharges nearly 65 million gallons or more of clear, clean freshwater into the Homosassa River daily. From there the pure water flows a short 7.7 miles to the ocean, passing through an enchanted labyrinth of salt marsh islets before emptying into the Gulf of Mexico. This spring fed water system helps create and sustain a beautiful and productive coastal habitat where some of the top game fish species sought by angling aficionados thrive. Continue reading

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A Thing for Reds…

Ask saltwater anglers on the Atlantic coast or Gulf of Mexico what their favorite fish to hook onto is, and chances are the answer will be Red Drum. Pound for pound, red drum are some of the hardest fighting fish out there, as these aquatic bruisers dig deep and are always ready to rumble with any rod and reel attempting to land them. And also pound for pound, they make some of the finest meals of anything in the ocean. Scrappy and delicious, red fishing in the Gulf of Mexico is a sport anglers dream. Continue reading

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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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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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