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Living and Working Safely In The Florida Sun!

This piece was written by Dr. Lindsey Warner and I stumbled upon the article while checking out the UF Lakewatch Program’s awesome newsletter!  The sun safety info included was one of the most comprehensive and easy to read… Read More

Fish of Florida: Yellowtail Snapper (Ocyurus chrysurus) Species Profile

Yellowtail Snapper, Ocyurus chrysurus Florida State Record: 10 lbs 3 oz, Ft. Myers 2015 IGFA World Record: 11 lbs 0 oz, Bermuda 2004 For most current yellowtail snapper regulations please check out this FWC page, Gulf Council Fisheries Management Council,… Read More

Fish of Florida: Hogfish (Lachnolaimus maximus) Species Profile

Male Hogfish. Note the darker pigmentation on the face and steeper sloping head when compared to a female of this species. Hogfish, Lachnolaimus maximus Florida State Record: 19 lbs 8 oz, Daytona 1962 IGFA World Record: 21 lbs… Read More

Fish of Florida: Red Snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) Species Profile

Northern Red Snapper, Lutjanus campechanus Florida State Record: 46 lbs 8 oz, Destin 1985 IGFA World Record: 50 lbs 4 oz, Louisiana 1996 For most current red snapper regulations please check out this the FWC snapper page, Gulf… Read More

Summer Time Boating Safety Stats and Tips!

Florida leads the nation with many impressive statistics such as having the most IGFA fishing world records (925), being the state with most amount of coastline in the lower 48 (1,350 miles) and having more boats registered here… Read More

Sheepshead, The Fish With A Weird Name And Even Weirder Teeth!

When I was diving a small natural reef in Southwest Florida I stumbled upon a sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus) attempting to eat a smooth duck clam (Anatina anatine). It was neat watching this steadfast fish repeatedly pick up and… Read More

Gulf Amberjack Closes While Gag Grouper Opens June 1st! Also, What’s Barotrauma? Reef Fish Surveys?

Greater amberjack season will be closed in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters starting June 1st and will reopen August 1st– October 31st 2020. These jacks are still open on the Atlantic side if you are still… Read More