Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Outdoors

Captainís Corner: Spanish mackerel, kingfish showing up in big numbers

They are here! Spanish mackerel and kingfish have shown up in the numbers expected of them at this time of year. All we have to hope for is weather that will allow us to get offshore. In most years the hot spots have been the artificial reefs, shipwr...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/12/18

Captainís Corner: Offshore fishing heats up in spring

Spring is here and things are heating up offshore. Kingfish have arrived from Tarpon Springs to Anna Maria. Spanish mackerel are around many of the bridges and piers, and cobia have appeared on the wrecks. Our most interesting discovery last week was...
Published: 04/10/18
Updated: 04/11/18

Captainís Corner: Trout, snook gathering around oyster bars

The recent full moon has finally sent the bait to the flats, although if you prefer the markers, theyíre still there, too. It seems we are finally in full-on spring mode. Trout have been sporadic at best, but when a group is located, they are coopera...
Published: 04/10/18

Captainís Corner: High winds making fly fishing a challenge

Wind has been detrimental lately, not only in fly casting but in finding fish, then getting them to take our offering. Ideally, find some clear water and donít worry about it. Areas with lots of sea grass will filter water for exceptional clarity. Un...
Published: 04/09/18
Updated: 04/14/18

Captainís Corner: Kingfish hitting baits both near and far from shore

Kingfish continue to be high on the list of best bets offshore or near. Saturday morning, in spite of rough seas and a howling southwest wind, we caught kings off Treasure Island, several in only 18 feet. Kingfish arenít fond of filtering muddy water...
Updated one month ago
Captainís Corner: Fishing remains unsettled by weather

Captainís Corner: Fishing remains unsettled by weather

April is here, and while fishing has been good, we have had a late run of cold fronts that has made for some weird fishing patterns and have moved fish from day to day. We went from 80-degree water at the end of February to as low as 59 in March. Thi...
Published: 04/07/18
Updated: 04/09/18

Captainís Corner: Mangrove shorelines holding good numbers of snook

A small cold front this week should help the excellent snook fishing. Area snook might lack size, but they make up for it in numbers. Snook from 20 to 26 inches can be found on most mangrove shorelines throughout Old Tampa Bay. Fishing with live pilc...
Updated one month ago

Captainís Corner: Grouper fishing open in 20 fathoms or greater

Grouper fishing is open in depths greater than 20 fathoms, and the fishing in deeper water is as good as can be expected. Red and scamp Grouper have made it to their summertime areas and will continue to feed heavily here at the end of their spawning...
Updated one month ago
Fish without a license in Florida this weekend

Fish without a license in Florida this weekend

ST. PETERSBURG ó Those who want to get outdoors and enjoy our pleasant springtime conditions by fishing at a freshwater location in Florida can do without needing a fishing license this weekend.At various times during the year, the Florida Fish and W...
Updated one month ago
Captainís Corner: North Pinellas action ready to take off

Captainís Corner: North Pinellas action ready to take off

Stable weather ahead will bring an explosion of action in north Pinellas. We are already seeing an increase in bait which always brings action to the flats and the nearshore regions. Redfish are more plentiful, schooling near the mullet schools and p...
Updated one month ago