Monday, September 17, 2018

Outdoors

Captainís Corner: Change those spear gun bands before they show wear and tear

Take the time between trips to check your spearfishing gear. The spear gun bands always should be the first object to get your attention. Most divers donít consider getting new bands until the bands show cracks and splitting on the outside cover. One...
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Letís Take It Outside: Scalloping Florida style

Letís Take It Outside: Scalloping Florida style

Each summer, thousands of locals and visitors flock to the west coast of Florida for some of the worldís best scalloping. Harvesting bay scallops is a great family fun activity that everyone can enjoy. Scallop season runs until late September and is...
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Captainís Corner: Use a cast net with smallest mesh size for usable bait fish

Using a cast net with the smallest mesh size is imperative in acquiring usable bait fish that donít gill themselves. The smaller baits are fragile and need to be dumped out of the net and into the well as quickly as possible to keep them lively. Any ...
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Captainís Corner: New moon has better grouper fishing farther offshore

Grouper fishing inside 160 feet continues to be a challenge due to the proximity of the new moon. This moon phase has the currents offshore moving at a pace that would rival a small river. Look for the bite to improve as we move away from this phase....
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Captainís Corner: Snook numbers dwindling as spawn season nears its end

Luckily, we havenít had any signs of Red Tide in North Pinellas, so fishing last week was full of action, as long as we were in an area with moving water. Snook are still staging along the points near the passes, however, the numbers are dwindling as...
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Captainís Corner: With Red Tide, a big decline in fish

This past mid-week we were scouting for the St. Pete Open spearing tournament, which was held Saturday (more at stpeteopen.com/). We ran directly west of Venice to see if the Red Tide had made its way from the shoreline to 50 miles or more from shore...
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Captainís Corner: Variety of baits gives you options

Tossing a quarter-inch mesh net will fill your well with bait ranging from snapper bait all the way up to slab-sized redfish baits. Having a variety of bait opens up options. Snapper have been just about anywhere there is some kind of structure. Taki...
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Captainís Corner: Fishing is still hot even as Red Tide looms

As of now, Pinellas and all of Tampa Bay are still being spared of Red Tide. It has been sitting in Manatee County for a while and has yet to push further north. I am on the water almost every day. Bait has been easy to get, and fishing continues to ...
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Captainís Corner: Mangrove snapper on fly

Mangrove (gray) snapper are often encountered while drifting the flats this time of year as they school in preparation for spawning later. When using a typical 8 or 9 weight fly rod with size 1 or 1/0 baitfish type flies while targeting redfish and t...
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Captainís Corner: Cast net skills come in handy

Threadfin herring and scaled sardines can be found up and down our Suncoast with ease. Most bait is on the smaller side, so have a quarter-inch mess cast net to prevent the smaller baits from getting stuck in the net. Spanish mackerel, kingfish, cobi...
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