Fall adventures to take advantage of cooler temperatures

November 1, 2017

The worst of the heat and humidity is behind us as October ends in the Tampa Bay region. Many adventurers will still enjoy the water to some degree, but now the woods will be less daunting as the mosquitos become less of a bother. Here are some ideas for fall adventures: Hiking For most of […]

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Essentials for Freshwater Trout Fishing

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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How To Prepare For Hiking A 14er

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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Catching Snook

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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Intro to Backpacking Clinic

July 31, 2017

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

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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Why Archery Is a Great Sport For Your Kids

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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Meet Our Staff: Joseph Newton

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

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

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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