Fall in North Florida brings a special gift near and dear to my heart (and stomach), the annual shrimp migration into the St. Johns River!
What you need is a cast net, cooler, a little patience, and a full moon doesn’t hurt either! Many folks have different recipes for bait, but my go to is a combination of the cheapest nastiest canned catfood you can get for $1, rock salt, flour, and water. Dump ingredients into an old bowl and kneed by hand or old tablespoon into a funky dough. Find a public dock with a little elbow room and toss a few pinches of your bait dough about 10-20 feet up current, wait a few minutes and toss the castnet over to see who’s hanging out down there. Sometimes it’s a bust, and sometimes it’s an endless buffet! More tips, tricks, and recipes to follow. For up to date info, check out the regional fishing reports Floridasportsman.com
Tucked away amongst the hustle and bustle of modern day southeast Florida is a hidden island that most people zip by. Now owned and operated by Broward County Parks & Recreation Department, Deerfield Island had its biggest claim to fame as the secret hideout for the feared gangster Al Capone (some still call it “Capone Island”). Tucked away in the intracoastal waterway just a few hundred yards north of Hilsboro BLVD in Deerfield Beach, FL the island is only accessible by boat. What’s that? You don’t have a boat? Not to worry, because the county offers free shuttles to and from the island on the hour during the weekends. The island is pretty much uninhabited with the exception of a ranger station and a small clan of raccoon and protected gopher tortoises. Plenty of birds stop by for some peace and quiet as well. There are clean restrooms, picnic pavilions and even a few sand volleyball courts available for your enjoyment. We enjoy visiting the island on a lazy sunday afternoon for hiking, photography, and it’s one of the few places in southeast FL where you can truly get away from it all without having to venture hours outside the city limits.
So if you’re looking for something amazing to do and don’t want to spend a lot of money, catch a Gulf sunset!
No Matter where you are in Florida, you’re never more than a few hours away from the Gulf of Mexico. Sometimes we’ll watch the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean, goof off some during the day, head over to the west coast of Florida and catch an AMAZING light show over dinner or a casual stroll down the beach picking up shells. Oh, did I mention that the beach combing is fantastic on the Gulf Coast of Florida? I have plenty of great spots to tell you about in future posts with great facilities and interesting treasures to find and where to find them. But enough of me blabbing about it, let’s see some pics!
So here are a few of my favorite Gulf sunset pics…
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As a thrill seeking 4th generation Florida native, there’s so many cool adventures in my head that when I tell people about them they always say “you need to put this in a book or website or something”, so here we are! In addition, almost everything I do in Florida costs under $20. So many people shy away from visiting because of the sticker shock that comes with the popular theme parks. Don’t get me wrong, they’re a ton of fun too…but a family of four should anticipate spending around $500 per DAY!!
I’ll be here to guide you and your family through many places and activities that won’t break the bank.
Stay tuned and get ready for year round adventures and family memories!