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Outdoors

  • 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.

  • Best of both worlds

    Capt. Rick Burns
    Fishing report

    Besides having the saltwater Gulf right out our west door, and the Atlantic right out our east window, guess what we have right in our living room? Some of Florida’s most beautiful lakes and rivers for freshwater fishing.

    Everyone knows that Florida is the sport fishing capital of the world. More I.G.F.A. records have been set here than anywhere on the planet, and Citrus County is right in the hub of it all.

  • Good fishing, scalloping coming

    Capt. Rick Burns
    Fishing report

    We only have nine days until our Nature Coast scallop season officially opens.

    It promises to be another good year as pre-scouting reports show. Some are not real big right now, which is understandable and natural this early. However, there’s plenty out there we’re seeing. Give me a holler to book early as the calendar can fill up quick.

  • Disgusted by cheating at small bass tournament

    Matthew Beck
    Fishtales

    Competition brings out the best in people, but it can also bring out the worst.

    A couple of weekends ago I competed in a small bass tournament on Lake Rousseau run by a bass club from another county.

    When it was time for weigh-in something was discovered that not only makes me angry, it disgusts me.