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Thanks to a report from FWC anglers can keep track of red tide. Below is a sample report and information where you can subscribe to the report.

 Midweek Red Tide Report 12-3-14


Two samples collected approximately 7 miles offshore of Cayo Costa (Lee County) on 11/30 contained background concentrations of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis.  All other samples collected this week throughout Florida did not contain K. brevis.  Recent satellite images from the Optical Oceanography Laboratory at the University of South Florida show a bloom patch currently located offshore of northern Monroe County; however, samples have not yet been collected in that area this week in order to groundtruth imagery.

A full report will be available by 5pm on Friday, December 3, 2014.

The website also provides links to additional information related to the topic of Florida red tide including satellite imagery, experimental red tide forecasts, shellfish harvesting areas, the FWC Fish Kill Hotline, the Florida Poison Information Center (to report human health effects related to exposure to red tide), and other wildlife related hotlines: (http://myfwc.com/research/redtide/events/status/contact/).

To learn more about various organisms that have been known to cause algal blooms in Florida waters, see our flickr page at (http://www.flickr.com/photos/myfwc) and click on “Harmful Algal Bloom Species”.                                                                                

This information, including maps and reports with additional details, is also available on our Web site:



Angler Recognition Program Expanded

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's commitment to managing fish and wildlife resources for the benefit of people is achieved in part by providing opportunities for anglers to enjoy and help conserve the amazing array of fish and wildlife that call Florida home. FWC's Saltwater Angler Recognition programs entice anglers to get involved and learn more about Florida's diverse marine resources while adding to an exciting day out on the water. These programs enhance the fishing experience for resident and visiting anglers and to those who have yet to discover the joy of fishing.

To participate in Florida's saltwater angler recognition programs: Angler Recognition Slam logo

All fish must be caught by the angler being recognized in accordance with the saltwater recreational fishing regulations of the state of Florida at the time of the catch


FGA Board of Directors member, Capt. Tom Van Horn was recently awarded the Bass Pro Shops Pass it On Award by the Florida Outdoor Writers Associaton. 

AWARD CRITERIA: The Bass Pro Shops Pass it On Award recognizes a FOWA member who’s gone the extra mile or devoted a lifetime to introduce other to the joys of the outdoors who otherwise may not have had the opportunity to do so. 

Capt. Van Horn certainly meets these criteria and is most deserving of the award. FGA congratulates him on receiving it. 


Capt. Tom was presented the award by FGA Member Capt. Rob Modys and FOWA President Jill Zima Borski.

His nomination reads as follow: 

Growing up in the backwater areas of Central Florida, Tom Van Horn developed a great respect for the outdoor resource and a passion for teaching others how to enjoy it. Based on his success in pursuing his passion, I nominate him for the FOWA Bass Pro Shops Pass it on Award. 

Tom is known to many as a fishing guide and until recently the co-publisher of Coastal Angler Magazine Orlando. In speaking of his role at CAM he once stated, “I’m using CAM Orlando as a platform to educate people old and new to Florida on how to become better anglers, with the hope of developing in them the same degree of respect and passion for the resource that I hold so dear.” 

His own words make it clear where he stands and how he feels about educating others about the outdoor resource. “The more people who learn about and appreciate the resources the more valuable it becomes for all who love the sport and the outdoors.” 


"It is just kind of a fishing paradise 

if you like river fishing"

Since there is a famous one in Italy and another in New York, the folks in northwest Georgia like to call their city ‘Georgia’s Rome to distinguish it from the others. Distinguishable it is.

Rome is a friendly city nestled in among seven prominent hills that create magnificent vistas in every direction. Running between those hills are three rivers that form what is described as North America's most biologically diverse river basin. That Coosa River Basin draws the attention of anglers and water lovers of all sorts.

Rome is located at the head of the Coosa River. The Oostanaula River comes flowing from the north and the Etowah River from the east to form the headwaters of the Coosa River Basin. It continues south through Alabama and, then to Mobile Bay.

One local angler that knows about the fishing in and around Rome holds an IGFA World Record for a fish caught on the Etowah River. Todd West developed a passion and a goal to use a fly rod to catch a record spotted bass on 2-pound tippet. After weeks and months passed without success his goal was finally reached. In April of 2013 Todd paddled his feelfree Kayak on the Etowah River and caught a 3 pound 14 ounce spotted bass that topped the old record by over a pound. alt

Photo: The Coosa River Basin is filled with all kinds of wildlife and scenic beauty. 

Todd describes the Coosa River Basin as one of the top bass fisheries in the Southeast, with many other species to target. “Big largemouths and big spots are all around,” states Todd. “There are also hybrid bass, stripers, monster bluegill and catfish. It is just kind of a fisherman’s paradise if you love river fishing.”   


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