• Learning the signs

    So you know

    - What: Summer Sign Language Class.

    - Where: Citrus Hearing Imparied Program Services, 109 NE Crystal Street, Crystal River. 

    - What: Three week basic American Sign Lanague courses for ages 10 through 14. 

    - Cost: $40 per child, pre-register by calling 352-795-5000


  • Enough is enough with the wet, windy weather

    Rick Burns

    Fishing Report

    Well, who wants to talk about more wind, water, or downed trees? Not I! Our newest postcard doesn’t read the “Sunshine State,” it may read “The Wet State.” 

  • Top turkey talkers

    Toby Benoit

    Rebel Yell Outdoors

    This past Saturday I was honored to be among a panel of expert turkey callers asked to judge the Florida State National Wild Turkey Federation Championship Turkey Calling Competition. It was the Southeast regional qualifying event, which means the winners of this particular competition will be going to the national championships in Nashville, Tennessee in 2016. What a fun day!

  • 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.