Ladies Lets Go Fishing Weekend University in Islamorada

An award-winning “Ladies Lets Go Fishing!” weekend university provides a girls’ getaway Friday through Sunday, Oct. 20-22, where female anglers can learn techniques from prominent fishing captains in the Florida Keys’ sport fishing capital of Islamorada. More than 8,000 graduates to date have learned to become anglers or polished their angling skills as well as […]
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Marine Reserves Could Help Commercial Fishing

Commercial fishermen may be able to catch more of the profitable fish they want with Marine Reserves than without them, according to a study in the journal PNAS led by the University of California, Davis. Marine reserves are a subset of Marine Protected Areas. Some MPAs allow fishing, but marine reserves are areas of the ocean closed […]
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Hogfish – New Rules for Florida Keys Begin August 24 2017

The FWC approved several management changes to hogfish. These changes will go into effect in on Aug. 24, 2017. Approved changes include: A new state management boundary between the Keys/east Florida and Gulf stocks will be at 25 degrees 9 minutes north latitude (a line due west of Cape Sable, which is on the Gulf […]
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Sharks of Big Pine Key – Sportsman’s Adventures 2017

While the flats are usually a quiet place, the sharks of Big Pine Key make their presence known with loud drag screams and high jumping.   Welcome to Sportsman’s Adventures — Florida’s most popular fishing show. Join South Florida fishing guide and tournament professional Capt. Rick Murphy as he shares his knowledge gained from a […]
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Lobster Bully Netting Best Practices for Harvesters and Homeowners

Spiny lobster season is gearing up, and it is not just for divers. Harvesting by Lobster Bully Netting at night with the use of bully nets and lights is legal and fun, and is popular in the Florida Keys and portions of Miami-Dade County. By being courteous and respectful of each other, bully netters, homeowners […]
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Bonefish & Tarpon Trust Has New Florida Keys Manager

An organization focused on conserving and restoring bonefish, tarpon and permit populations through research and education has brought on a new leader to oversee its local efforts on the island chain. Last month, Ross Boucek, a Naples native, was hired as the Florida Keys initiative manager for the non-profit Bonefish & Tarpon Trust  based in […]
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New Florida Shark Finning Ban Bill Signed

Gov. Rick Scott has signed a watered-down bill initially proposed to stop the shark finning trade in Florida. The bill, signed Tuesday 5/23/17, does increase penalties for shark finning and codifies a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission rule prohibiting this practice, but does not go as far as shark conservation groups wanted. The original […]
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King Mackerel Management Changes Effective May 11

Several commercial and recreational changes to king mackerel management in Florida state and federal waters will take effect May 11. These changes are consistent with federal regulation changes that are effective the same day. Approved changes include: Setting the Gulf/Atlantic state waters management boundary line, which used to shift from the west coast during the […]
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Caught Some Grouper Now What – Favorite Grouper Recipes

Grouper meat cooks up very firm, with big flakes and holds its moisture better than many other fish. Since Grouper is a leaner fish you might need to baste it when broiling or baking it. Two pf the favorite ways to cook Grouper is grilling or frying it. You can also poach, steam, bake, broil […]
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Snook Season Closes in All Florida Keys Waters May 1 2017

Snook season will close to all harvest in Gulf state, federal and inland waters, including all of Monroe County and Everglades National Park, starting May 1, 2017. Seasonal harvest closures conserve Florida’s valuable snook populations and help sustain and improve the fishery for the future. Snook is open to harvest in Atlantic state, federal and […]
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Grouper Fishing Reopens May 1 2017 in The Florida Keys

Anglers grouper fishing in Florida state and federal waters of the Atlantic, including state waters off Monroe County – Florida Keys, will be able to take home some of their catch starting May 1, when the season for several species reopens to recreational and commercial harvest. The following species will reopen to harvest May 1: […]
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Acoustic Telemetry Monitor Goliath Grouper Fishing Impacts

Acoustic telemetry is used to measure impacts of catch-and-release fishing on goliath grouper and to determine behavior patterns of this federally protected species. Background Goliath grouper (Serranidae: Epinephelus itajara) occur in tropical and subtropical waters from the west coast of Africa to the east coast of Florida, south to Brazil, and throughout the Gulf of […]
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Catch and Release Fishing – Florida Sea Grant

Why Catch and Release? By adopting just a few simple habits, recreational anglers can greatly increase the chances that the fish they catch and release will survive. Practicing catch and release helps anglers to preserve marine fisheries while enjoying their outdoor fishing experiences. Handling Fish Properly for Catch and Release By adopting just a few […]
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Florida Keys Saltwater Fishing Records

Florida Keys Saltwater Fishing According to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commision (FWC), Florida is recognized as the “Fishing Capital of the World” based on the number of freshwater and saltwater anglers, amount of time spent fishing, economic impact, diversity of recreational species, international fishing records set here and tourists who use our resources. The […]
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Jimmy Johnson Quest for Ring Fishing Championship in Key Largo

Super Bowl and National College Championship-winning head coach Jimmy Johnson hosts a $1 million fishing tournament and four-day party in the keys. Always game for a little competition, legendary football coach and Fox NFL Sunday analyst Jimmy Johnson hosts the sixth annual edition of Jimmy Johnson’s Quest for the Ring Championship Fishing Week, taking place […]
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Federal fishery council takes look at overall spiny lobster harvest

Federal fishery managers meeting this week in Georgia hear proposals to raise the annual limit on spiny lobster harvests, the Florida Keys’ most economically important commercial species. The council is considering raising the annual catch numbers of spiny lobster because fishers contend that the number were based on yearly averages that include some of the […]
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Why ‘Gray Ghosts’ Are Disappearing – Bonefish Research

Dr. Jennifer Rehage, fish ecologist and associate professor at Florida International University, has been chasing “gray ghosts” for 15 years trying to tally its declining numbers. She wants to know why bonefish numbers are dropping. She will be sharing what she has learned about bonefish at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, at the John Pennekamp […]
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Snook Season in Gulf Waters and Florida Keys

The recreational harvest season for one of Florida’s premier fish, snook, is open March and April and again September thru November in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico state and adjacent federal waters, including Everglades National Park and Monroe County.  In the Gulf, anglers may keep one snook per day that is not less than 28 inches or more than […]
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Take Care of Your Fishing Line – Proper Disposal Saves Wildlife

Fishing is a key component of the Florida lifestyle as well as the state’s economy. But fishing line and other fishing tackle frequently enter Florida’s aquatic systems as a result of incidental snags or improper disposal. When left in the aquatic environment, fishing line and tackle create potential traps for unsuspecting wildlife that can become […]
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