The Forgotten Coast
It’s called the Forgotten Coast for a reason. Spanning 130 miles of Florida’s panhandle from Mexico Beach to the St. Marks National Wildlife Refugee, the Forgotten Coast is a far cry from the tourist-packed beaches of South Florida. This undeveloped area is an anglers dream with miles of saltwater marshes and tidal creeks, massive healthy flats and expansive estuaries nourished by spring fed rivers. With local knowledge required to navigate the rocky shallow waters, boat traffic and fishing pressure is significantly lower then other parts of Florida. The St. Marks Wildlife Refuge (a favorite destination for Capt. Scott Burgess) is one of the oldest wildlife refuges in the United States and encompasses 68,000 acres. Anglers stalking the refugee's backcountry are just 30 miles south of Tallahassee but worlds away from reality.