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Outdoors

  • Water looks like tea, but those hungry redfish don’t seem to care

    Hello fellow Cedar Key folks.
    Hope everyone is successful at finding ways to stay cool.
    Our water has gotten another dose of river water. A couple days of northwest winds pulled it around the corner to us.
    We now have tea for water as of now.
    As you head southeast it clears up a bit.
    The clarity doesn't seem to mess with the fishing much,  just not the prettiest scene.

  • A victory for the fish...of sorts; scalloping improves

    By Capt. Brylee
    Special to the Beacon

    The Gulf waters have settled and are starting to clear. Some areas are still taint and reddish but reports in Steinhatchee, Cedar Key and Homosassa have clearer waters. This will make scalloping much easier.

  • A couple of tips when scalloping

    Hey everyone, I hope all is good and bellies are full. I say that cause mine is. I loaded up the family last week and went scalloping to our south a lil’ ways. We got all we wanted and my knee is feeling it from swimming so much.

  • New manatee, sea turtle decals supports conservation

    New editions of manatee and sea turtle decals are available at local tax collectors’ offices across the state. The popular decals, produced annually by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), provide an important source of funds for the state’s efforts to conserve Florida’s manatees and sea turtles.

    Anyone donating $5 will receive a decal. Donations support manatee and sea turtle research, rehabilitation and educational programs, as well as FWC conservation efforts.

  • Group kayak and picnic event set

    The Friends of the Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges will hold a Group Paddle and Picnic in the town of Suwannee. Join us for an easy (beginners welcome), short (3.8 miles, two hours), fresh water paddle on Lock Creek, through Riverine swamp along the Suwannee River. 

  • Fishin’ after the storm

    To everyone that didnt get blown away or floated off, I hope any recovery is going well. Sorry, I was out last week. Truth of the matter, I don’t really know what to say.
    Truth is, after seeing these storms over the years, you really never know what to expect out on the water. It would be a bunch of guesses.
    This is what I saw this week, post-Debby: the water was dirty and a little dark to the north end of our waters. As you swung to the west and south, it began to clean up but stay cloudy.

  • Snook to remain closed for another year in Gulf waters

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) voted to keep the recreational harvest of snook in Gulf of Mexico waters closed for another year to offer the species additional protection after a 2010 cold kill detrimentally affected the population.
    The decision came at the June 28 Commission meeting in Palm Beach Gardens after staff presented an updated stock assessment that showed snook populations are improving in the Atlantic and are not in biological jeopardy in the Gulf. The next assessment is due in 2015.

  • Bay scallop season opened July 1

    It’s time, bay scallop harvesters! Get your snorkels, masks and dive flags ready. The recreational bay scallop harvest season began July 1.
    The season is regularly open through Sept. 10, but at its June 28 meeting in Palm Beach Gardens, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) discussed extending the season by two weeks.
    Bay scallops can be recreationally harvested in Gulf of Mexico state waters (shore to nine nautical miles) from the Pasco-Hernando County line to the west bank of the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County.

  • Boat ramps open, high water coming

    From the Levy County Sheriff's Office: 
    NWS Tallahassee has advised that local flood warnings are still in effect for the Suwannee River basin. Sheriff Johnny Smith has decided to re-open all launch sites in the county. Should that prediction of rising water begin to cause problems on the Suwannee River, it could prompt a second closure. The situation will be closely monitored daily and advance warning of any impending boat ramp closures will be announced.

  • Dead manatee found on Atsena Otie

    A recently deceased sub to young adult manatee was found on the Atsena Otie beach Thursday, by Laura O'Dell and the crew of a Tidewater Tours boat.

    The tour company reported the finding to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

    No obvious signs of trauma were seen at the time it was first found, except for signs of prior bleeding from the nose.

     The FWC sent an officer out to the scene quickly, but weather, tide, and boat problems caused difficulty with its recovery.