Sunday, January 21, 2018

Outdoors

Captainís Corner: Target big trout in shallower water

Big trout, a wintertime favorite, have gotten into their yearly patterns. It is unusual not to catch a big trout this time of year. Catching trout is pretty easy around Tampa Bay. Catching big trout is more exact. The very biggest are usually caught ...
Updated one month ago

Captainís Corner: Cooler weather good for trout fishing

Cooler weather should bunch up big trout like we typically see this time of year. Look for flats that slowly transition from sand bottom to sparse grass to hold schools. In the morning, trout will usually be holding deep out in the sand and can be ca...
Updated one month ago

Captainís Corner: Fly fishing for sheepshead

Low winter tides can make for fly fishing fun or frustration. When you see a tail break the surface in the lowest water, what is it? Iíve had inexperienced anglers chase mullet, thinking they were reds. Spooking a school of mullet with a poor cast, s...
Updated one month ago

Captainís Corner: Even bycatch can be impressive in shallow water

íTis the season Ö to be getting in on some outstanding shallow-water bottom fishing. Grouper, mangos and hogfish have been our focus, and at times the bycatch has been equally impressive. Triggerfish, porgies, scamp, mackerel, sheepshead and more gru...
Updated one month ago

Captainís Corner: Work shallow flats when light is low for strong redfish, trout action

If you happen to get a new fishing rod for the holidays and cannot wait to try it out, try casting artificial baits on the flats late in the day. For the past few weeks we have had great luck throwing topwater plugs for redfish and speckled trout in ...
Updated one month ago

Captainís Corner: Snook bite strong before fronts roll in

The cold fronts rolling in and the foggy mornings have made for some interesting fishing conditions this month. Dropping water temperatures have the bite fired up inshore and offshore before the fronts. Snook fishing is on fire right now on whitebait...
Updated one month ago

Captainís Corner: Itís all about live shrimp as go-to bait

Live shrimp have become the go-to bait of choice. Even though the air temperatures seem warm lately, the water temperatures remain cool. During the cooler months our typical baitfish tend to leave the area. The lack of baitfish this time of year turn...
Updated one month ago

Captainís Corner: Gag grouper fishing stays consistent

Gag grouper fishing continues to be consistent in most depths. On a recent trip, we caught quite a few in depths of 30-40 feet. Most were taken on live baits, but a few fell for frozen sardines. Fishing in these depths requires patience and practice....
Updated one month ago

Captainís Corner: Gag and black grouper, Florida spiny lobsters look strong

Gag grouper are showing up in good numbers just north and south of the Tampa shipping channel. During a few trips farther north the gag numbers were lower. Tarpon and less bait north of Clearwater could be the cause. The gag season closes at the end ...
Updated one month ago

Captainís Corner: Go with live shrimp in deep water

Water temperatures are around 62 degrees throughout most of the bay, so bait has pushed off deep and, for the most part, been ineffective. The cooler water has the fish hunkered down and their metabolism has slowed. When this happens, the inshore fis...
Updated one month ago