Thursday, September 20, 2018

Outdoors

Captainís Corner: Floating weeds, grass hinder fly fishing

Floating weeds and grass are things we must contend with when fishing with a fly rod this time of year. If we donít make a fly look natural, fish will refuse it. Having green stuff on the fly hook will always get a refusal. Flies that represent baitf...
Updated one month ago

Captainís Corner: Filling your well with pilchards offers variety of fishing options

After a lengthy drought of usable-sized whitebait, aka pilchards, it looks like we might be coming out of the late summer microbait season in the northern part of the county. Pelicans can be seen aggressively working the swash channel, which has been...
Updated one month ago

Captainís Corner: Pompano and trout fishing doing well

Dodging the Red Tide, fishing has been decent for the dead of summer. Weíve done combination trips: trout and pompano. Pompano were tougher for a couple of weeks but are back on track. Trout, around all year, have been good at dawn. Hit them early fo...
Updated one month ago

Captainís Corner: Beat the heat, go after juvenile tarpon

With very warm water along the coast, midday fishing has been slow for some inshore species. By avoiding the hottest part of the day, anglers can capitalize on the best bite. Nowhere is that more apparent than when fishing for juvenile tarpon. Small ...
Updated one month ago

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....
Updated one month ago

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...
Updated one month ago

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...
Updated one month ago