In Western parlance, Goldiggers & Gunslingers is a veritable bonanza. Though Florida may be its home, this hub for fine jewelry and rugged Western wear clearly draws its inspiration from the frontier. Display cases sparkle with jewelry collections from makers such as Dabakarov and Odelia, behind which jewelers stand ready to perform repair and restoration services. The twinkly charms pair well with its line of bold cowboy garbs, such as rhinestone-bedazzled Nocona Belts and flashy Miss Me jeans. Of course, no outfit would be complete without a pair of flashy leather boots to trudge through the grizzled badlands or kick tumbleweeds out of the line dance. To that end, they carry men's and women's boots from a handful of manufacturers, including Ariat, Dan Post, and Stetson.
Looking out at the quiet, moonlit waters of the Gulf of Mexico, it?s impossible to know what?s on the line, other than that it?s big. Word has spread around the deep-sea-fishing boat, and now a crowd has gathered on either side of you. You pull the fishing pole back and guide whatever is snagged on the other end of the line nearer and nearer. The splashes gradually become louder. A few fellow fishermen help pull the creature onto the boat, and proudly hold the fish up for the crowd.
There are countless deep-sea-fishing tales like this one to be told at Hubbard?s Marina. During its many day or night fishing trips, its crew and guest fishermen board the US Coast Guard?certified vessels for excursions into the Gulf to reel in fish of all sizes. Not only does Hubbard's Marina offer fishing trips, but they also allow opportunities for people to visit and observe Florida wildlife in their natural habitat. Animals such as dolphins, pelicans,manatees, and bald eagles can bee seen from the boat. After cruises, visitors can go shopping along the picturesque boardwalk and enjoy the local culture and history in the quaint fishing village.
They also captain sunset cruises, dolphin-watching cruises, kayak tours, rent kayaks and paddle boards, and even take to the streets during segway tours.
In 1962, Charles Redington commissioned a 1,200-foot-long fishing pier to be built in the Gulf, one of eight others like it in the area. Today, this long wooden walkway represents the last of its brethren, preserved and restored by the current owners, the Antonious family, who treasure its historic significance and excellent fishing. The waters surrounding the pier teem with sea life, such as flounder, eels, sharks, dolphins, and kingfish who burble "checkmate" when they get hooked. The crystalline Gulf waters provide a view of the vibrant reefs below, best seen and fished from the very end of the pier, which is reserved for those who purchase VIP passes. Since The Long Pier requires no fishing license, both amateur and professional fisherfolk can enjoy its sunny lengths and salty breezes by simply renting a rod and buying bait from the onsite tackle shop.
Helmed by Captain Charles Davis, Flatmasters Fishing Adventures offers guided, all-inclusive fishing trips to anglers of all levels. For any of the company's half- or full-day excursions, clients climb into a kayak already loaded with necessary equipment, including rods, reels, and live or artificial bait. Out on the water, instructors divulge tips for reeling in catches and working around irked fish who sit and tap their "No Soliciting" signs. The company's educational opportunities stretch beyond fishing, too, with basic kayaking lessons.
Arrowhead Archery has everything beginner and experienced archers need to perfect their aim. The shop carries top-of-the-line bows from Hoyt and Mathews H?lim and arrows from Easton. As a family-owned, Christian business, Arrowhead Archery prides itself on treating customers like family and providing them with personalized attention.
Fishing Supply Liquidators stocks an exhaustive inventory of fin-snatching tools, from poppers to floats to reels and rods, all heavily discounted. Browse tackle helpers including slotted popper floats, zara spooks, and poppin' floats at prices ranging from less than $1 to $5.95. Peruse the online catalog of tackle here. With numerous years of fishing experience, the friendly staff at Fishing Supply Liquidators can regale shoppers with advice on everything from organizing tackle boxes to catching mermaids.