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Outdoors

  • Let’s get a grip

    Capt. Rick Burns
    Fishing report

    Remember when landing a fish was a simple matter? If it was small enough, or looked like it was maybe keeper size, you either got it up near the boat and swung it in, or got it to the boat and grabbed some line to pull it up and over. All the time hoping your line would be strong enough to hold until the fish was aboard.

  • Hunter safety Internet-completion course offered in Citrus County

    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering a free hunter safety Internet-completion course in Citrus County.

    The class is Sept. 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Lecanto. Students who have taken the online course and wish to complete this classroom portion must bring the online-completion report with them.

  • Nature Coast bites

    Capt. Rick Burns
    Fishing report

    Let’s get right to the bite report that I’ve been hooking into for the past week starting up north at Crystal River, working our way down.

    Schools of baitfish continue to be seen acting real nervous around the spoilbanks, with the sportfish hungry on their tails. Species like jacks, macks, ladyfish, a few snook and reds, are being caught. And the big “spotted tails” should be making their presence reeeel soon.

  • ICAST reels in fishing industry to Orlando

    It truly was Christmas in July for the sportfishing industry last week in Orlando.

    The International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST, came to the Orange County Convention Center with all the glitz, glamour and excitement of a rock concert.

    Annually, ICAST is the world’s largest sportfishing trade show hosting 10,000 members of the global recreational fishing industry.

  • Carolina rigging, Florida style

    Capt. Rick Burns
    Fishing report

    This week I’ll share one way to go about catching our sometimes sluggish summertime fish with live or cut bait.

  • Bass tourney Saturday

    The Citrus Bass Club will host a night tournament Saturday on Lake Henderson in Inverness beginning at 5 p.m. The tournament will conclude at midnight. Two-person teams or single anglers are welcome to compete. An entry fee of $40 is required.

    For more information call Dave Cutler, tournament director, at 400-0906.

  • Crystal River great for grouper fishing

    Capt. Rick Burns
    Fishing report

    Let’s go catch some grouper and kingfish.

    We live in one of the best areas on the west side if not the whole state for grouper fishing. Several reasons come into play.

    Our shallow water rocks in 5 feet to 15 feet of water for excellent grouper structure. And don’t forget the awesome offshore structure.

  • Grouper season well underway

    Capt. Dan Clymer
    For the Chronicle 

    The great recent news from our area (along with the scalloping) has been the opening of the 2014 gag grouper season. I and many other offshore captains and anglers have been counting the days, and the reports from the opening week have been good.

  • The reds and scallops are hot

    Capt. Rick Burns
    Fishing report

    Last week saw some nice catches of redfish come to the table. Matter of fact, the red fishing has been so good lately that I’m not even concentrating on the trout.

    The trout as of late have really eluded some anglers. I feel they’ve moved out into deeper depths and are more scattered right now. Best bet for them is to try some near shore rock piles in the 8 to 12 foot range. At the same time, you’re liable to catch and hook up with some seabass, mackerel and grouper while trying for the trout.

  • TrophyCatch program making a splash

    The mere mention of Florida to many people around the country and a couple of things come to mind—Mickey Mouse and fishing.

    For much of the 20th Century Florida was considered by most to be The Bass Fishing Capital of the World. With development, pollution and other man-made factors that title has been in jeopardy. And many states around the nation have vastly improved and protected their bass fishing habitat. Still, Florida ranks high when it comes to visiting a premier fishing destination.