Sports & Recreation

FWC Urges Caution for Labor Day Boaters

FWC Urges Caution for Labor Day Boaters

Labor Day marks the end of the traditional summer boating season in many places, even though Florida weather is perfect for getting out on the water most of the year.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) urges boaters to have fun by boating safely, and to be careful over the upcoming busy holiday weekend.

Garrard Reacts to Addition of Gabbert

Garrard Reacts to Addition of Gabbert

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's only a matter of time before first round pick Blaine Gabbert replaces David Garrard as the Jaguars' starting quarterback. 

The 9-year veteran vows to fight to keep his job as long as possible, but he also promises to help the rookie along.

To hear some comments from Garrard about Gabbert, be sure to watch the video clip attached to this story.

First Coast News spoke with Garrard at a Take Steps for Chron's & Colitis event at the Jacksonville Landing on Sunday. 

On May 21, David will be hosting a charity fishing tournament in St. Augustine to raise money for local families who are impacted by Chron's and breast cancer.  For more information about this event, click on this link:  http://fishingforthecure.org/.

Jaguars.com to host 2011 Draft Challenge

Jaguars.com to host 2011 Draft Challenge

Fans will have the opportunity to test their knowledge of the top players in the 2011 Draft by participating in the jaguars.com 2011 Draft Challenge. 

N. Florida Spotted Seatrout Season Reopens March 1

The recreational harvest season for spotted seatrout in northern Florida reopens on March 1.  This means all Florida waters will be open to the sport harvest of spotted seatrout beginning in March.

Spotted seatrout harvest is prohibited in February in Atlantic Ocean waters north of the Flagler-Volusia county line to the Florida-Georgia border and in Gulf of Mexico waters north of a line running due west from the westernmost point of Fred Howard Park Causeway, which is about 1.17 miles south of the Pinellas/Pasco county line, to the Florida-Alabama border.  This one-month closure helps maintain spotted seatrout abundance.

FWC Proposes Catch-and-Release Only for Bonefish

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) proposed draft rules on Wednesday that would allow only catch-and-release fishing for bonefish, a premier saltwater game fish in Florida.  The proposed rules would also establish new provisions regarding the possession of bonefish by anglers and the possession and transport of bonefish during bonefish fishing tournaments.

FWC Considers Extending Alligator Hunting Hours

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) directed staff to advertise a rule amendment to extend alligator hunting hours. Commissioners will vote on it at their June meeting.

Eighth Annual NEFAR Charity Bass Fishing Tournament Set For April 30

Eighth Annual NEFAR Charity Bass Fishing Tournament Set For April 30

For the eighth consecutive year, the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors (NEFAR) will raise funds for the Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center in Palatka through a catch-and-release Charity Bass Fishing Tournament on April 30. NEFAR donates one hundred percent of all proceeds raised to Haven Hospice and has donated more than $124,000 during the past seven years.