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Welcome to our blog! Click on any number of check boxes below to show only the posts from those sections, or leave them blank to view our entire list of entries. We’re updating this blog regularly, so check back often and send us an email at adventure@billjacksons.com to let us know if there is a topic you would like to read more about.

At Bill Jackson’s Shop for Adventure, we’re more than an outdoor retail store. We strive to educate our customers about the pursuits and gear they are interested in, and our experienced staff is ready to outfit them so they can explore fabulous Florida and beyond.

Adventure Clothing

How to prepare properly for winter paddling

Posted on: November 29, 2016

Living here in the Sunshine State we enjoy the outdoors year round. But despite the pleasant air temperature during our “winter” in Florida, the water in our rivers, lakes and the Gulf of Mexico does chill quite a bit. You can suffer from hypothermia if you don’t outfit yourself properly. So here are some tips […]

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Adventure clothing to fend off mosquitoes

Posted on: March 31, 2016

Love the outdoors? Who doesn’t, right? But most of us could do without all the creepy crawlies, biting bugs and menacing mosquitoes. Aside from being just plain annoying, mosquitoes and ticks can present a danger to your health, as they are frequent carriers of diseases such as West Nile virus, Lyme disease and, more recently […]

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Extreme cold calls for extreme gear

Posted on: November 11, 2015

OK, so it doesn’t get bone-chilling cold here in Florida, but maybe you or someone you know is venturing into the extreme cold. We have just the undergarment to keep someone toasty no matter the temperature. Aqua Lung’s ATS Thermal Fusion suit was designed for divers to keep warm in extreme cold conditions while maintaining flexibility. […]

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Five things to ask before you pack adventure clothing

Posted on: August 25, 2015

Record numbers of Americans are getting into the outdoors. About 142.6 million participated in at least one outdoor activity in 2013, according to the Outdoor Foundation’s 2014 Outdoor Recreation Participation report. And those Americans spent a considerable amount of money on their pursuits. In the state of Florida alone, outdoor recreation generated $38.3 billion in […]

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All Our Shops

How To Prepare For Hiking A 14er

Posted on: August 28, 2017

Hiking is an incredible experience. Whether you’re hiking to take in fresh air, get in a workout or summiting mountains for grand views, it’s important to prepare for the changing elements. This is especially true when you decide to tackle your first 14er. A 14er, or “fourteener,” is a mountain summit of at least 14,000 […]

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Intro to Backpacking Clinic

Posted on: July 31, 2017

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Meet Our Staff: Joseph Newton

Posted on: June 14, 2017

What I do: Gun Shop manager. At Bill Jackson’s: Nearly 17 years over several stints, beginning in 2000. Personal: 61 years old. Claim to fame: The shop’s Triple Crown hiker. Completed thru-hikes of the Appalachian Trail (1999), Pacific Crest Trail (2002) and the Continental Divide (2012), totaling roughly 7,900 miles. Before Bill Jackson’s: Served in U.S. Army a […]

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Father’s Day Gift Guide for 2017

Posted on: June 9, 2017

Time to remember all those hard-working, hard-playing dads out there with something thoughtful this Father’s Day. We have some gift ideas for you: Helio Pressure Shower from Nemo Equipment Everyone who lives here in Florida knows it gets hot and sand gets everywhere. Take pity on Dad and speed up his after-the-adventure cleanup. This 2.9-gallon […]

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Meet Our Staff: Melissa

Posted on: February 8, 2017

What I do: Kayak manager. At Bill Jackson’s: 22 years. “I love selling fun. And I love to buy the newest cool gear for the Kayak department.” Personal: Born Providence, R.I.; mother of twin boys. Before Bill Jackson’s: Went to St. Petersburg College and worked as a Radiology tech. I’m passionate about: Books. “I absolutely love […]

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Archery for Beginners: Tips for Getting Started with a Compound Bow

Posted on: December 22, 2016

Archery is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country. It’s fun, it’s challenging, and it’s rewarding to see yourself improve with practice. But it’s also important to start off on the right foot by getting the proper archery equipment for beginners. Here’s a quick guide explaining basic archery supplies and how to choose the […]

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Meet Our Staff: Brant Bowers

Posted on: December 7, 2016

What I do: Camping manager At Bill Jackson’s: 12 years. Personal: Born Vienna, Va.; married, one daughter. I like to: backpack, paddle canoes and kayaks, geocaching with family, being outside in a natural setting. I also like contra dancing (New England line dancing). What I’ve done: Worked in outdoor education, teen development (ropes courses), environmental […]

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How to prepare properly for winter paddling

Posted on: November 29, 2016

Living here in the Sunshine State we enjoy the outdoors year round. But despite the pleasant air temperature during our “winter” in Florida, the water in our rivers, lakes and the Gulf of Mexico does chill quite a bit. You can suffer from hypothermia if you don’t outfit yourself properly. So here are some tips […]

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Meet Our Staff: Mike Love

Posted on: November 14, 2016

What I do: General manager, since 2006. At Bill Jackson’s: 20 years in the Dive Shop. Personal: Born St. Petersburg. Fla.; married, one son. What I’ve done: Served in Army, went to St. Petersburg College, tax preparer, private pilot. Passionate about: Scuba diving, guns. Training: NAUI course director, NRA instructor. Favorite dive spot: Eleuthera in […]

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Sun protection for the beach and the ski slopes

Posted on: November 11, 2016

Floridians generally are pretty well-versed when it comes to sun protection. We spend a lot of time at the beach, so we know a thing or two about battling the harmful effects of the sun’s rays. But those rays can be a bit sneaky, can’t they? You can get burned quickly out on the water […]

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Archery

Why Archery Is a Great Sport For Your Kids

Posted on: June 27, 2017

Parents and children bond through shared outdoor experiences. Camping and fishing are obvious choices for bonding time, but archery is another sport that should not be overlooked. Archery teaches children, and their parents, how to be patient, focus and build confidence. A year-round activity While camping and fishing experiences can be affected by the weather, […]

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Archery for Beginners: Tips for Getting Started with a Compound Bow

Posted on: December 22, 2016

Archery is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country. It’s fun, it’s challenging, and it’s rewarding to see yourself improve with practice. But it’s also important to start off on the right foot by getting the proper archery equipment for beginners. Here’s a quick guide explaining basic archery supplies and how to choose the […]

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Best Archery Bows for Kids

Posted on: December 7, 2016

The popularity of archery among kids remains high. A bow under the Christmas tree will likely bring as much joy as Ralphie’s vaunted Red Rider BB gun in A Christmas Story. But which archery bows are good for kids? Traditional bows make great starters for young children. They have a reasonable draw length (the distance […]

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Archery equipment maintenance

Posted on: May 24, 2016

With proper inspection, care and maintenance, archery equipment can be kept in good working order for many years. Below is a short list of things to keep an eye on so your equipment will serve you well time after time. We recommend you have your bow tuned on a bow press and serviced by a […]

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3 New Sports to Try This Summer to Get Fit and Have Fun

Posted on: May 19, 2016

Summer’s arrival means warm weather, vacation time and planning new adventures. And because summer also heralds swimsuit season, it’s also when many people start to fret about their fitness. Why not combine exercise and adventure at the same time? So if you want to break from your gym routine, there are ways to work out […]

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Archery Equipment, Scuba Gear, and Other Fun Ways to Make Your Next Camping Trip Truly Special

Posted on: April 21, 2016

For millions of Americans, camping remains one of the best ways to leave behind the stresses of everyday life and spend quality time with loved ones. But some longtime or frequent campers fall into a routine during their trips, experiencing a sort of “camper’s fatigue.” Fear not, the remedy is no farther than your local […]

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An Essential Guide to Archery Equipment for Beginners

Posted on: March 22, 2016

Humans have practiced archery for more than 2 million years. During the Paleolithic era, Earth’s earliest humans used a bow and arrow to catch dinner. In the time of knights and dragons, archery was a competition sport that even kings and queens took part in. Fast-forward to today, archery still holds a valuable place in […]

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Archery Bow of the Month for December 2015

Posted on: December 1, 2015

This month’s Archery Shop Bow of the Month special is the Genesis Original (excludes camo and pink camo), the official bow of the National Archery in the Schools program. This bow has a draw weight of 10-20 pounds and a draw length of up to 30 inches, perfect for youngsters learning to shoot. This special […]

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November 2015

Archery Bow of the Month

Posted on: November 1, 2015

The Apprentice III from Bear Archery is our latest Bow of the Month selection. This easy-to-use and accurate bow is excellent for young archers because of its adjustable draw weight (15-50 pounds or 20-60 pounds) and draw length (15-27 inches). It comes in Camo, Pink Camo and Black finishes. This package comes ready to shoot: the […]

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Benefits of Archery

Posted on: October 28, 2015

Movies and television have elevated the exposure of archery, and consequently the sport has seen a sharp rise in participation numbers nationwide. According to an Archery Trade Association survey, more than 18.9 million Americans 18 and older participated in archery or bowhunted in 2012, and those numbers do not include those under 18 who have […]

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Backpacking

Essential Sporting Goods You Need for Summer Adventures

Posted on: April 20, 2017

Summer is coming, and if you’re into more active pursuits than sitting on a beach, here’s some planning tips for your warm-weather adventures. So make a plan, make a list and visit an outdoor retailer to geared up right. Backpacking Carrying your shelter, bedding and food on your back all day is one of the […]

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How to extend the life of your camping gear

Posted on: February 17, 2017

You spent hours, maybe days or weeks, researching brands, reading reviews and even handling potential gear in a store. Finally, you laid out a fair bit of money to amass all that camping gear for all those epic trips. It seems a pity to spend so much and then not spend just a little (time […]

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Trail Etiquette We Should All Practice

Posted on: August 9, 2016

Knowing these bits of trail etiquette will help us all get along as we get around in the outdoors. Common sense and some courtesy allow everyone to enjoy the wilderness. Stay on the trail. Avoid walking around puddles and mud so you don’t widen the trail. If you are part of a group, hike single […]

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3 New Sports to Try This Summer to Get Fit and Have Fun

Posted on: May 19, 2016

Summer’s arrival means warm weather, vacation time and planning new adventures. And because summer also heralds swimsuit season, it’s also when many people start to fret about their fitness. Why not combine exercise and adventure at the same time? So if you want to break from your gym routine, there are ways to work out […]

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Collapsible cooksets for backpackers

Posted on: May 10, 2016

Backpackers are forever looking to save space inside their backpacks. Usually the cook pot is one of the bulkiest items in the pack. The answer in most cases is to stuff the pot with as much gear as possible, because no space can go to waste. Think flat Sea to Summit has a different take […]

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Dealing with ticks while hiking

Posted on: April 21, 2016

They’re out there – waiting for you. Creeping along on the ground, mixed among the leaves. Climbing blades of grass, hanging out, waiting for a host. They’re unsightly, clingy, and a health nuisance. They’re ticks. Tiny in stature, ticks present a big problem for those who love the outdoors because they can carry diseases, such as Rocky […]

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What to consider when buying a camping hammock

Posted on: October 1, 2015

You’ve started thinking about stretching that blissful nap in the backyard hammock into an overnight camping outing, swaying out there in the woods under the stars. Sounds great, right? Well, to have a good hammock camping experience, you need to give some thought to the hammock you want to spend all night in, which means […]

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How to Choose Hiking Boots

Posted on: April 19, 2015

Your thirst for adventure has inspired you to hit the trails and mingle more with nature. And what will carry you every step of the way? Footwear, of course. Matching the right hiking boots to your feet is key to you having an enjoyable outdoors experience. So here are a few fitting tips from the […]

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A Hiking Gear Checklist for Your Next Outdoor Adventure

Posted on: January 28, 2015

For many people, nothing relieves stress and rejuvenates the soul more than a long walk in the woods. Taking an extended vacation in the great outdoors remains one of the most popular American pastimes. In fact, approximately 38 million Americans went hiking in 2014 and about 43 million people went camping in the United States. […]

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“Think light, hike light”

Posted on: June 26, 2013

One of the aspects that has been so rewarding in having a strong relationship with Bill Jacksons has been the ability to network with fellow outdoor enthusiasts. It is somewhat challenging to find people that are knowledgeable on hiking and are as enthusiastic in putting forth the effort to do it “right.” In the year […]

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Camping

Essential Sporting Goods You Need for Summer Adventures

Posted on: April 20, 2017

Summer is coming, and if you’re into more active pursuits than sitting on a beach, here’s some planning tips for your warm-weather adventures. So make a plan, make a list and visit an outdoor retailer to geared up right. Backpacking Carrying your shelter, bedding and food on your back all day is one of the […]

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How to extend the life of your camping gear

Posted on: February 17, 2017

You spent hours, maybe days or weeks, researching brands, reading reviews and even handling potential gear in a store. Finally, you laid out a fair bit of money to amass all that camping gear for all those epic trips. It seems a pity to spend so much and then not spend just a little (time […]

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Back to Basics: Must-Have Camping Gear for Safety

Posted on: July 11, 2016

Camping is a classic American tradition that remains as popular as ever, as more than 40 million people camped in 2013. And even though many campers – especially younger ones – are bringing technology, gadgets and specialty gear into the outdoors these days, it’s always a good idea to focus on the basics. This must-have […]

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Collapsible cooksets for backpackers

Posted on: May 10, 2016

Backpackers are forever looking to save space inside their backpacks. Usually the cook pot is one of the bulkiest items in the pack. The answer in most cases is to stuff the pot with as much gear as possible, because no space can go to waste. Think flat Sea to Summit has a different take […]

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Dealing with ticks while hiking

Posted on: April 21, 2016

They’re out there – waiting for you. Creeping along on the ground, mixed among the leaves. Climbing blades of grass, hanging out, waiting for a host. They’re unsightly, clingy, and a health nuisance. They’re ticks. Tiny in stature, ticks present a big problem for those who love the outdoors because they can carry diseases, such as Rocky […]

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How a Great Outdoors Store Can Meet Your Family’s Camping Needs

Posted on: March 21, 2016

The storyteller pauses. The crackling of the campfire and the chirping of the crickets fill the tense air. The near silence is broken by the storyteller’s shout and the children’s screams. Then it all dissolves into laughter. Another ghost story creates another memory. Camping remains one of the favorite pastimes for Americans, with more than […]

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The basic essentials for a camping trip

Posted on: January 25, 2016

You’ve decided to spend a weekend in the outdoors, getting back to nature and camping under the stars. Nice. Making that decision was easy. But now you’ve popped the trunk and you’re ready to load the vehicle. What camping gear do you absolutely need to put inside for this trip? Any camping gear checklist should […]

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What to consider when buying a camping hammock

Posted on: October 1, 2015

You’ve started thinking about stretching that blissful nap in the backyard hammock into an overnight camping outing, swaying out there in the woods under the stars. Sounds great, right? Well, to have a good hammock camping experience, you need to give some thought to the hammock you want to spend all night in, which means […]

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Essential Adventure Gear for Your Child on a Camping Trip

Posted on: September 2, 2015

More than 25% of the 43 million campers in the United States were between the ages of 6 and 17, according to the 2013 American Camper Report produced by the Outdoor Foundation. That’s a lot of youngsters heading to summer camps, scouting events and family adventures. Here are some essentials for outfitting your children for […]

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Camping Gear For Kids

Posted on: March 30, 2015

   Spring is here, and all across the country campgrounds are opening. Soon, families will begin making plans for summer trips. Camping remains one of the most popular pastimes in the United States. Between 2010 and 2012, 3 million more Americans decided to give camping a try, and last year, approximately 43 million Americans headed […]

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Climbing

Rock Climbing Techniques for Beginners

Posted on: July 19, 2016

Rock climbing continues to increase in popularity in the United States. Climbing Business Journal reported that the number of indoor climbing gyms increased by 10 percent in 2015. And though many people get started climbing indoors, it doesn’t take long for the pull of the outdoors to take hold. But before you don your harness […]

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How to Choose Climbing Gear

Posted on: June 29, 2016

Some outdoor enthusiasts are looking for more exhilarating ways to enjoy nature and improve their fitness at the same time. Sport climbing answers the call on both counts. According to an Outdoor Foundation study in 2014, about 5 million Americans participated in sport climbing, which includes both indoor and outdoor climbing. Though many in that […]

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Essential Climbing Gear

Posted on: April 13, 2015

Essential Climbing Gear While recreational climbing in the Tampa Bay region may be mostly confined to rock walls and climbing gyms, there are still a multitude of uses for climbing gear. Such gear can be used for maintaining and working on sailboats, window washing, stage production work and tree work, to name a few. But […]

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Fishing

Essentials for Freshwater Trout Fishing

Posted on: October 17, 2017

Tampa Bay is a saltwater angler’s paradise. But there are a number of residents who moved here from other parts of the country, and those places may have harbored freshwater trout, such as rainbows, brookies and browns. To fish for these popular freshwater species, you need to find cold (mid 50 degrees) and clean water. […]

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Catching Snook

Posted on: August 1, 2017

Snook is a much sought-after game fish species here in Florida because of its tremendous fighting ability and its ambush-style attacks. The most distinctive feature of the snook is the black lateral line running the length of its body. Snook typically fall in the 5- to 15-pound range, but catches of 20- and 30-pounders are […]

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Catch-and-Release Practices Help to Sustain Florida’s Fisheries

Posted on: May 24, 2017

Fishing remains one of the most popular pastimes for Americans. In fact, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission estimates that millions of residents and tourists caught more than 121 million fish in Florida waters in 2011. If all those fish were harvested, and that continued year after year, the state’s fisheries eventually would suffer. […]

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Essential Sporting Goods You Need for Summer Adventures

Posted on: April 20, 2017

Summer is coming, and if you’re into more active pursuits than sitting on a beach, here’s some planning tips for your warm-weather adventures. So make a plan, make a list and visit an outdoor retailer to geared up right. Backpacking Carrying your shelter, bedding and food on your back all day is one of the […]

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A Few Early Spring Fishing Tips to Keep in Mind This Season

Posted on: March 30, 2017

Spring is a transitional time. Water temperatures are warming, we have sunlight later in our day, and the moon’s influence on tides increases. All that and other factors mean one thing is certain: Marine life is becoming more active, and better fishing is on the way. In fact, it’s happening now. So as you reach […]

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Stop Wasting Your Life Away Inside: 3 Ways to Spend Your Free Time

Posted on: February 23, 2017

Here in Florida, it’s always a great time to be outdoors. You can pursue just about any outdoor sport or hobby and have something really exciting to look forward to every weekend. So if you’re looking to spend more free time outside and improve your relationship with nature, here are a few activities to consider […]

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Quick and Easy Fishing Guide for Beginners

Posted on: August 22, 2016

lures Fishing remains one of the most popular pastimes for those who spend time in the outdoors. In fact, more than 33 million Americans said they went fishing multiple times in 2011, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife survey released in 2012. And that number is growing all the time. Anyone can take up fishing: kids, senior citizens, and moms and dads seeking more quality time with their children. It doesn’t take great physical skill or elaborate gear to get started, but like any pursuit, the more you learn, the more likely you’ll expand your gear needs. For now, here’s a quick fishing guide for beginners:

Before you go

Get a license: Check with the local and state agencies that license fishing in your area. Here in Florida, many bait and tackle shops, and some big-box retailers, can issue licenses from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). You can also go online at myfwc.com.

Know the regulations: The FWC enforces the bag limits and size limits for harvesting both saltwater and fresh water game fish in Florida. It is your responsibility to know those regulations. These limits protect the fish by allowing them to reproduce. Of course, you can always practice catch-and-release.

reelsLearn knots: You will need to tie line to the reel (arbor knot), the main line to a leader (Albright knot or double uni knot), and the leader to a hook (clinch knot or non-slip loop knot). There are, of course, many more, so you should learn a few good fishing knots.

Catch-and-release: If you are fishing for pleasure and not to put food on the table, you should release your fish as quickly as possible. Handle the fish as little as possible and follow these

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Kayak fishing accessories to trick-out your ride

Posted on: July 15, 2015

Here in the Tampa Bay area we are blessed with calm gulf waters and miles of shoreline for great inshore fishing. Many anglers are choosing to fish from kayaks because these shallow-running vessels put them in “skinny” water, where a good caster can work the tight spaces of a mangrove shoreline for a bounty of […]

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How to throw a cast net – Video

Posted on: June 21, 2015

There are many ways to throw a cast net to collect bait. In this video, Alex of our Fishing Department demonstrates the shoulder method for throwing an 8-foot diameter, 1/4-inch mesh Cracker Cast Net.  

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Fishing report, May 3rd: Black drum under mangroves

Posted on: May 3, 2015

Fishing report based on what the Bill Jackson’s staff is seeing and hearing about: Snook are now closed to harvest in Gulf of Mexico waters as of May 1, and many anglers are finding success with black drum under the mangroves. To set up properly for black drum, use a 7-foot-6 medium-light, fast-action rod with […]

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Gun Shop

Meet Our Staff: Joseph Newton

Posted on: June 14, 2017

What I do: Gun Shop manager. At Bill Jackson’s: Nearly 17 years over several stints, beginning in 2000. Personal: 61 years old. Claim to fame: The shop’s Triple Crown hiker. Completed thru-hikes of the Appalachian Trail (1999), Pacific Crest Trail (2002) and the Continental Divide (2012), totaling roughly 7,900 miles. Before Bill Jackson’s: Served in U.S. Army a […]

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3 Important Things to Keep in Mind When Shopping for Guns

Posted on: March 21, 2016

States across the nation are reporting sharp increases in applications for carrying concealed firearms in the wake of the San Bernardino shootings in December 2015. According to a New York Times story in February 2016, gun sales soared to 1.6 million in December 2015, with women representing a large segment of those applying for concealed […]

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Things You Should Know Before Heading to a Shooting Range for the First Time

Posted on: August 10, 2015

Each year millions of Americans head to shooting ranges; some will experience firing a weapon for the first time. The reasons vary from wanting to know how to use a weapon for protection to hunting to sport shooting.  Whatever the reason, shooting ranges offer people the opportunity to handle and shoot firearms in a controlled […]

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Get to know your knife blade

Posted on: April 3, 2015

When choosing a knife for your outdoors adventures, two things to take into consideration are the hardness and the shape of the steel blade.

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How to Choose Binoculars

Posted on: March 26, 2015

Binoculars improve our view of objects in the distance. This guide from the Bill Jackson Shop for Adventure will help bring into focus the right binocular for your next adventure:

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R.I.P. Ammo now in stock in Gun Shop

Posted on: March 4, 2015

R.I.P Round Ammo People have been calling the Gun Shop for months inquiring about the R.I.P. ammo that has been on the market. This copper projectile has a rapidly disrupting outer shell while the core penetrates deeper. R.I.P. ammo is now available in the Bill Jackson Gun Shop in most pistol calibers (9 mm, 40 […]

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Winchester Commemorative Rifle Collection For Sale at Bill Jackson’s

Posted on: September 1, 2014

Our collection consists of 14 rifles of various calibers. This collection can’t be found ANYWHERE else. The collection was obtained prior to Winchester going out of business. That means that these rifles were all American made! All of the rifle serial numbers are 58 of the series. The rifles are in near PERFECT condition. Meaning […]

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Where has all the ammo gone?

Posted on: October 9, 2013

Gun stores NATIONWIDE are dealing with the effects from the scarcity of ammunition. Not only are retailers feeling the squeeze but Law Enforcement agencies have taken a hit as well. This leaves everybody with the question: Where has all the ammo gone? Is it the government pursuing different measures of gun control after a failed […]

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Kayaking

How to install a sit-on-top kayak seat – video

Posted on: July 2, 2017

Marcus in the Kayak Dept. demonstrates how to install a kayak seat on a sit-on-top kayak. If you have more questions after watching this three-minute video, come in to see our kayak experts or call 727-576-4169. The link above directs you to our YouTube channel. Thanks for watching.  

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Meet Our Staff: Melissa

Posted on: February 8, 2017

What I do: Kayak manager. At Bill Jackson’s: 22 years. “I love selling fun. And I love to buy the newest cool gear for the Kayak department.” Personal: Born Providence, R.I.; mother of twin boys. Before Bill Jackson’s: Went to St. Petersburg College and worked as a Radiology tech. I’m passionate about: Books. “I absolutely love […]

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3 New Sports to Try This Summer to Get Fit and Have Fun

Posted on: May 19, 2016

Summer’s arrival means warm weather, vacation time and planning new adventures. And because summer also heralds swimsuit season, it’s also when many people start to fret about their fitness. Why not combine exercise and adventure at the same time? So if you want to break from your gym routine, there are ways to work out […]

Read more >

Kayak fishing accessories to trick-out your ride

Posted on: July 15, 2015

Here in the Tampa Bay area we are blessed with calm gulf waters and miles of shoreline for great inshore fishing. Many anglers are choosing to fish from kayaks because these shallow-running vessels put them in “skinny” water, where a good caster can work the tight spaces of a mangrove shoreline for a bounty of […]

Read more >

Kayak and SUP Demo Day

Posted on: May 24, 2015

If you ever wanted to try kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding, come to Bill Jackson’s Shop for Adventure on Saturday, May 30th from 10 am to 4 pm for our Kayak and SUP Demo Day event. In advance of our giant June 6-7 Kayak/SUP/Scuba sale, we will be previewing nearly every kayak and paddleboard in our […]

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PFDs for kayaking and standup paddleboarding

Posted on: March 18, 2015

Kayaking, canoeing and standup paddleboarding are among the most popular water-related activities enjoyed by Florida residents and visitors. But each year the state of Florida ranks among the nation’s leaders in deaths attributed to drowning. And in many drowning cases, a personal flotation device – PFD for short – potentially could have prevented that outcome. […]

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How to tie down an SUP

Posted on: July 10, 2014

Watch as  Michael S. demonstrate the proper way to tie down a SUP.

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Paddleboards

Why the length of your SUP paddle is important

Posted on: September 17, 2015

Stand-up paddleboarding may look easy, and really it is. Balance on a board. Grab a paddle. Go. But if you want to paddle efficiently and, more important, without soreness or injury, then spend a few moments considering whether you have the right SUP paddle length. The right paddle reduces stress on your joints and fends […]

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Know the nose on your SUP

Posted on: August 4, 2015

Not all standup paddleboards are shaped alike. One of the key differences, and one that is easy to spot, is the shape of the nose and hull of your SUP. The nose of the paddleboard generally falls into one of three categories: planing, displacement and hybrid. Let’s take a quick look at each: Planing: A […]

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Tying down a paddleboard

Posted on: June 9, 2015

Yes, as this closeup photo above demonstrates, it is definitely possible to overdo it when tying down a paddleboard on your roof rack. This paddleboard was damaged on both edges when the ratchet strap was overtightened, crushing the fiberglass. The damage must be repaired before the board can go into the water. When using tie-down […]

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Kayak and SUP Demo Day

Posted on: May 24, 2015

If you ever wanted to try kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding, come to Bill Jackson’s Shop for Adventure on Saturday, May 30th from 10 am to 4 pm for our Kayak and SUP Demo Day event. In advance of our giant June 6-7 Kayak/SUP/Scuba sale, we will be previewing nearly every kayak and paddleboard in our […]

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Standup paddleboarding supplies for your next adventure

Posted on: April 16, 2015

Standup paddleboarding only requires a board and a paddle, right? Well, not really. Before you shove off from shore, make sure you have these safety items and stop to consider these other take-alongs.

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PFDs for kayaking and standup paddleboarding

Posted on: March 18, 2015

Kayaking, canoeing and standup paddleboarding are among the most popular water-related activities enjoyed by Florida residents and visitors. But each year the state of Florida ranks among the nation’s leaders in deaths attributed to drowning. And in many drowning cases, a personal flotation device – PFD for short – potentially could have prevented that outcome. […]

Read more >

How to tie down an SUP

Posted on: July 10, 2014

Watch as  Michael S. demonstrate the proper way to tie down a SUP.

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Finding the perfect SUP for me

Posted on: May 30, 2014

I’m an employee here at Bill Jackson’s and over the years I have been getting more and more into the sport of Stand-Up Paddle boarding. Everyday I would come into work and drool over the wall of paddleboards we have. Last month I decided that enough was enough and I needed to buy myself a […]

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Scuba Diving

Essential Sporting Goods You Need for Summer Adventures

Posted on: April 20, 2017

Summer is coming, and if you’re into more active pursuits than sitting on a beach, here’s some planning tips for your warm-weather adventures. So make a plan, make a list and visit an outdoor retailer to geared up right. Backpacking Carrying your shelter, bedding and food on your back all day is one of the […]

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Stop Wasting Your Life Away Inside: 3 Ways to Spend Your Free Time

Posted on: February 23, 2017

Here in Florida, it’s always a great time to be outdoors. You can pursue just about any outdoor sport or hobby and have something really exciting to look forward to every weekend. So if you’re looking to spend more free time outside and improve your relationship with nature, here are a few activities to consider […]

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Ready to Buy Your Own Scuba Tanks? Here’s What You Should Look For

Posted on: November 4, 2016

There are many reasons to purchase your own scuba diving equipment once you’ve attained your certification. For instance, now you have the freedom to dive nearly wherever you want, whenever you want. You get to dive on your schedule, spending less time at the dive shop waiting to rent equipment, or waiting for it to […]

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Snorkel Gear: Selection Tips for Beginners

Posted on: July 26, 2016

Snorkeling is an easy and exciting way to explore shallow waters. Whether you’re pursuing tasty scallops in the Gulf of Mexico, enjoying a refreshing dip in a freshwater spring or exploring marine life on a reef, it doesn’t take a great deal of gear to get started. However, there are a few things to know […]

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Recreational diving vs. Technical diving

Posted on: January 21, 2016

SCUBA diving falls into two broad categories: recreational and technical. Those who kick around reefs or maybe chase lobsters are participating in recreational diving, while adventurous wreck and cave divers are stretching into technical diving. Here’s a quick look at both: Recreational diving Recreational diving is defined as diving at depths no greater than 130 […]

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The Origins of SCUBA

Posted on: November 14, 2015

Exploring the depths of water around the world has always intrigued mankind. And though successful attempts at breathing while under water took place in the late 1800s, SCUBA diving really began to come of age during and right after World War II. The term has fallen into generic use, but SCUBA is actually an acronym […]

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Extreme cold calls for extreme gear

Posted on: November 11, 2015

OK, so it doesn’t get bone-chilling cold here in Florida, but maybe you or someone you know is venturing into the extreme cold. We have just the undergarment to keep someone toasty no matter the temperature. Aqua Lung’s ATS Thermal Fusion suit was designed for divers to keep warm in extreme cold conditions while maintaining flexibility. […]

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Lobster season accessories

Posted on: July 19, 2015

As July comes to a close, many divers can’t help but think about the tasty crustacean known as the spiny lobster. Here in Florida, the last consecutive Wednesday and Thursday of July (July 29-30, 2015) is slated as the two-day lobster season, and the regular harvest season begins not long after (Aug. 8 this year). […]

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Three Considerations When Planning a SCUBA Diving Trip

Posted on: June 29, 2015

As the summer heats up here in Florida, everyone seems to gravitate toward the water. For many people, SCUBA diving offers more than just a way to cool off, it’s a chance to explore a different world. About 3.5 million Americans participate in open-water SCUBA diving, according to statistics from the Diving Equipment and Marketing […]

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Solar Panels Warm Water for Pool at Bill Jackson’s Shop for Adventure

Posted on: March 17, 2015

Customers who venture beyond the palmetto-filled parking lot and through the dive shop know that the Bill Jackson Shop for Adventure has a 100,000-gallon pool for swimming, paddling and scuba diving. What most people don’t know is that Bill Jackson’s warms all that pool water in a most eco-friendly manner: solar panels.  

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Snow Skiing

Extreme cold calls for extreme gear

Posted on: November 11, 2015

OK, so it doesn’t get bone-chilling cold here in Florida, but maybe you or someone you know is venturing into the extreme cold. We have just the undergarment to keep someone toasty no matter the temperature. Aqua Lung’s ATS Thermal Fusion suit was designed for divers to keep warm in extreme cold conditions while maintaining flexibility. […]

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