• Virtual ICAST with FWC: #5 – Artificial Reefs

    Do you know about Florida’s Artificial Reefs program? Around our state, 3600+ reefs dot the coastline, providing habitat to many of our most popular and critical fisheries . . . In today’s episode, we’re joined by FWC’s Keith Mille and Amanda Nalley to discuss this very cool program, how it’s driven by science, the data it provides, the incredible opportunities it provides anglers, and how you can learn more about it! Make sure to visit FWC’s Virtual ICAST Page at myfwc.com/icast Click Here to Listen on Spotify Click Here to Listen on Apple Podcasts Click Here to Listen on iHeartRadio Click Here to Listen on Pandora Podcast: Play in new…

  • Virtual ICAST with FWC: #4 – Boating Access

    Where did all these boat ramps come from? Who paid for them? And who takes care of them? Today, we’re joined by Laura Beagle, FWC’s Boating Access Coordinator to discuss how this works in our state full of water.  We’ll spend time discussing BoatRampFinder, one of the Agency’s most successful tools, and how Sportfish Restoration Funding works to make sure we are all able to spend more time on the water! Make sure to visit FWC’s Virtual ICAST Page at myfwc.com/icast Click Here to Listen on Spotify Click Here to Listen on Apple Podcasts Click Here to Listen on iHeartRadio Click Here to Listen on Pandora Podcast: Play in new…

  • Virtual ICAST with FWC: #3 – Catch a Florida Memory

    Have you ever caught a grand slam? Or a monster fish you really wanted to celebrate? Or maybe you’ve caught a new species, and you’ve wondered how many different species are out there to catch in our seemingly endless waters? Catch a Florida Memory is the program that provides an outlet for all of those things and more – whether you’re registering your first slam, or working your way down the life list (70 species!) or just trying to catch a trout or redfish big enough for the Reel Big Fish Program, Catch a Florida Memory is a great way to celebrate the diversity and abundance of Florida’s Marine Fisheries,…

  • Virtual ICAST with FWC: #2 – TrophyCatch

    FWC’s TrophyCatch Program is an awesome opportunity for anglers to show off their big bass, have an amazing chance at some amazing prizes, and an opportunity for the state to collect catch data on these monster fish! Since it’s inception, the TrophyCatch Program has produced a staggering number of fish (spoiler alert: WAY over 10 tons of Bass have been weighed.  Way over.), it’s provided countless memories for the anglers, and it is a constant source of information for the Commission as they continue to study our world class Bass Fishery. Today, Ryan Hamm of FWC and Travis are joined by Drew Dutterer and KP Clements, both from FWC’s Freshwater…

  • Virtual ICAST with FWC: #1 – Sportfish Restoration Funding

    Completely different week of episodes this week as we are joined every day by a special guest from Florida Wildlife Commission’s staff to discuss Sportfish Restoration Funding and the programs this money supports, from Trophy Catch to Artificial Reef creation, to Boat Ramp access and Catch a Florida Memory! In today’s episode, Travis is joined by Ryan Hamm (hear a full interview with Ryan from earlier this season here!) and they discuss how Sportfish Restoration Funding (also called Dingell Johnson) works, where the money comes from, and how it gets here! Make sure to visit FWC’s Virtual ICAST Page at myfwc.com/icast Click Here to Listen on Spotify Click Here to…

  • #139: Flip Flops

    Have you ever made up your mind on something, only to rethink your take sometime later? That sounds remarkably unfamiliar in this day and age, but we decided to take a run at some things we’ve reconsidered in our outdoor approaches – from baits to boats, duck hunting to dove hunting, hear us flip flop our way through our adventures. Plus, Keep and Release is back, Nate talks weather, Em talks surge arrestors, and Travis talks baseball.  Also, new band names. Go to Patreon and become a friend of the show OFFICIALLY here! E-mail Fletcher with Hallett Insurance to get your quote! Check out Two Fish Creative for your software…

  • Conversations 2.11: Dr. Richard Chandler

    Recently, FWC revealed the final product of the South Florida Deer Study, a multi year paper that provided a in depth examination of how deer in both Big Cypress and Panther NWR behave and are affected by hunters, predators, and hydrology. This study is remarkably timely, given the backdrop of the Western Everglades Restoration Project coupled with hunters observations of the Big Cypress deer herd. The study can be found on FWC’s website or you can find it on Dr. Chandler’s site here, where you can also follow Dr. Chandler’s other works. Go to Patreon and become a friend of the show OFFICIALLY here! Need an auctioneer for your next…

  • Conversations 2.7: Rebekah Knight

    If you’re not already following Rebekah Knight on social media, you’re missing some of the best wildlife art on the planet.  This week, she joins us to discuss how the duck stamp process works, her process for creating art, where she finds inspiration, what she struggles with, advice for new artists, and so much more! You can find Rebekah’s website here, her Instagram here, and her FB here Some links we mentioned in our conversation: Friends of the Duck Stamp The Junior Duck Stamp Program The Million Dollar Duck Documentary Go to Patreon and become a friend of the show OFFICIALLY here! Need an auctioneer for your next event?  Mark…

  • Conversations #2.5: John Cooper

    Where are all the ducks? Spend any time on any waterfowl page or forum or boat ramp and this is a topic that will inevitably come up – are there less ducks?  Is the migration changing?  Where are they going? This week, it’s a huge privilege to be joined by John Cooper . . . John is a Vietnam Veteran, a 20+ year USFWS officer, a South Dakota Cabinet Secretary, a Commissioner, one time head of AFWA, a DU volunteer, and more. He was generous enough to give us a bit of his time this week as we wander through the idea of “where are the ducks?” and the variables…

  • #127: Fair Chase

    How do you define Fair Chase?  What is it to you personally?  Is it different in hunting vs. fishing?  This week, we let our listeners take the lead on the Big Idea. Plus, Joe Exotic, Nate goes flyfishing, Keep and Release is back, and it’s a Great Day to Be Alive! Go to Patreon and become a friend of the show OFFICIALLY here! E-mail Fletcher with Hallett Insurance to get your quote! Follow Cast and Blast Florida: Instagram – Twitter – Facebook – Website Want to experience a world class duck hunt or fishing charter? E-mail Travis to book today . . . Connect with the gang on social media: Travis Thompson – @travisthompson – Instagram – Twitter – Facebook Nathan Henderson –…