CBA – The Tangled Web We Weave

My husband and I pull up to the boat ramp at Ross Marler Park. Located on Okaloosa Island, between bustling Fort Walton Beach and Destin, the park provides a quiet oasis on the Choctawhatchee Bay for families to grill, relax, and swim. While the sandy shorelines looked inviting, the pull of the waves (and the…

CBA – Annual Redfish Tournament Donates $1250 to CBA

Nearly 50 teams competed in the 14th Annual Old Nick’s Redfish Roundup, Saturday, hoping to win $10,000 in prizes. Hosted by Nick’s Seafood Restaurant and Treylermade Tournaments, the roundup donated $1250 to the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) to support swimmable and fishable waterways in Okaloosa and Walton Counties. “Anglers are such an important part of…

Hook and Trigger – Tourneys Inspire Next Generation

Northwest Florida is known for its angling tournaments, from the world-famous Destin Fishing Rodeo to the Marlin Classic and more. In the summer of 2018, another group of events targeted a unique audience: kids! Read the entire Hook and Trigger article below:

DUN Magazine – Winging it in Rocky Mountains National Park

There are two ways to experience fly fishing. Anglers can diligently research each proposed fishing location, painstakingly scrolling through site descriptions and reading up on local guidebooks and scheduling trips to local fly shops. The first day on the water, they are perfectly prepared, sporting the ideal fly, the proper technique, the best tackle. Or,…

Coastal Angler – Pinfish Grand Nationals

Over 80 teams of kids and their adult sponsors fanned out across Niceville’s Bluewater Bay Marina for the Pinfish Grand Nationals. Children sixteen and under strung bait on monofilament lines, flung them over the side of the wooden marina docks, and paddled in kayaks. Read the rest of the article at the Coastal Angler! Page…

Voices for Biodiversity – New Fishing Line Recyclers Along the Emerald Coast

For a few months this winter, my office in Okaloosa County became storage space for ten monofilament recyclers. Wide PVC pipes had been painted with beautiful marine designs from herons and crabs to mermaids — by local wildlife artist Annette Taunton, and were ready for installation near piers and marinas across Okaloosa County.   Read the full article on Voices for Biodiversity. 

Emerald Coasting – Fishing along the Emerald Coast

Destin is known as the Luckiest Fishing Village, a designation that Shawn Purvis came to believe first-hand while on vacation here. While out paddle boarding the crystal clear flats of Choctawhatchee Bay, Shawn spied a school of tailing Redfish. Fishing rod in hand he cast ahead of the school – so as not to spook…

Duke Nicholas School – Art and Community Collaboration Reduce Fishing Line

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, leftover fishing line can be a big problem in coastal communities throughout the United States and the world. Leftover line is nearly invisible to wildlife, who can get tangled up or actually ingest the mono-filament, both of which leads to injury, reduced reproductive success, and death. Fishing is…

Birding Maine – Fishing for Loons

When my boyfriend (now my husband) Brian and I first started dating, I made sure to bring him up to the Maine North Woods to see how he reacted to the area. Staying with in-laws is always a little nerve-wracking, so I couldn’t abandon him completely to my father while my mother and I went…

Duke Nicholas School – Gulf to Table

April 23, 2016. Duke Nicholas School – Gulf to Table Most people have heard of “farm to table,” a local food movement aimed at delivering high quality, fresh ingredients straight to consumers (often at restaurants). In coastal communities bordering the Gulf of Mexico, a new movement is taking shape: Gulf to Table. Read the rest…

March 11, 2015 Spring has finally sprung in North Carolina, and warm weather has relieved us of winter’s arctic blast. The better weather came at the perfect time: the onset of Spring Break. To take advantage of the time off, my fiance, a friend, and I headed to western North Carolina for some camping in…

December 2, 2014 The leaves may be off the trees in North Carolina, but that doesn’t mean it’s too cold for camping! We packed and readied our equipment in less than an hour, and at noon we were off, driving the three and a half hours to Linville Gorge, nearing the Blue Ridge Parkway in Western…