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Outdoors

  • Hook up with this

    Capt. Rick Burns
    Fishing report

  • March heavy on mullets and manatees

    Rick Burns
    Fishing report

    The bite for our resident homeboy seatrout continues to keep getting better. What we call our shallow water “yellow hard bottom” seems to the most productive now. Reason being, that hard rocky bottom warms up a lot faster and the trout know it. As opposed right now to the deeper turtle grass beds.

  • Mullet madness

    Rick Burns
    Fishing report

    When you have these weird weather days of cold one day, warm the next, and windy the next, there’s some angling you can still enjoy. We’re talking about some good ole southern style mullet fishing.

  • The Holy Grail

    In the world of professional bass fishing, there is one event every tournament angler dreams of competing in — The Bassmaster Classic.

    In the world of tournament fishing, fresh or saltwater, it’s the Holy Grail. 

    A savvy, winning angler can parlay the victory into seven figures by way of endorsements, speaking engagements and the like. 

  • Bass back in town

    As a bass fisherman, I love this time of the year.  Most all of the bass tournament circuits have been quiet for the past few months and the new calendar year is giving opportunity for a fresh start for a new year worth of tournaments.

  • Getting started

    A new year to an exciting bass tournament circuit will kick off its season March 1 and 2 as the Oakley Big Bass Tour lands on the Harris Chain of Lakes near Leesburg.

    A new season of a bass circuit isn’t something that is terribly unusual. What makes this event unique is the type of bass tournament that is being held.

  • Five outdoor trips for 2014

    Ah, a new year. It’s a time for reflection and a time for planning. Personally, I like to put more emphasis on the planning part of starting out a brand new calendar rather than what’s already been done. That’s not to say it isn’t cool to look back on trips over the past year, though. I’d have to say, 2013 was a pretty sweet travel year.

  • Gift ideas for the outdoors

    Note: This is the first part of a two-part column. The second half will run on Thursday, Dec. 12.

    We all know it’s that time of year — Christmas is right around the corner.

    Gift shopping isn’t one of my strong suits. I’m the typical male who procrastinates until two or three days before Christmas to complete buying my gifts for friends and family.

  • Nice scenery

    Kevin Mims
    Correspondent

    Here in the area, we have plenty of cool places that we can visit to get in some trail time. Our options range from quick trips, perfect for unwinding during lunch or after work, all the way up to challenging adventures that can take several days. 

  • Tips for capturing your outdoors memories

    For many years, a good friend of mine has preached to me that all of our outdoor adventures are about memories. 

    It’s not always about the catch or the kill — although that is important in my book. Having lasting memories is what it’s all about. One way to permanently retain those memories is with a good photograph.