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  1. Captain's Corner: Strong tides increase fish action

    Outdoors

    Strong tides this week have turned on the fish in north Pinellas. Incoming water flooding area passes has influenced snook to stage in troughs, cuts and sandy dropoffs. Usually facing into the tide, snook often wait for food to be forced in their direction. Always cast uptide and allow your offering to drift naturally. When fishing in swift current, try opening the bail on your reel to allow line to be pulled off by the tidal flow. This method can make your bait look more natural than a tight line. Once a fish grabs the bait, the line will pay out quickly. Flip the bait over and reel to get a positive hook set. Tarpon are slowly making their way up the coast. Single tarpon are being sight-fished by fly fishermen over the shallow bars from Caladesi Island to Anclote Island. A few pods have been spotted yards off the beaches. Casting baits floated 4-6 feet under a cork in front of migrating fish is an effective way to hook a tarpon. Once spotted, use a trolling motor or quietly drift into the zone. Long casts with the wind at your back will give you the best chance to get a bite. Trout are jumping on greenbacks freelined over shallow grass flats. Target flats with clear water and thick turtle grasses. Large sandy holes in the middle of these areas can be 2-3 feet deeper and will often hold the larger trout ambushing baits exposed in the sand. Place a small split shot a couple of feet above the hook and cast around the edges of the sand holes. Wait for the line to get tight and reel. …

  2. Rising economic tide lifts MarineMax, boating industry

    Business

    After a perfect economic storm nearly swamped Clearwater's MarineMax, the nation's largest boat retailer is on the rebound — good news for a struggling recreational boat industry and a big thumbs-up for Florida's improving business climate. …

    Clearwater’s MarineMax, the nation’s largest boat retailer, has ridden out the Great Recession. Sales are up 45 percent.
  3. Tide silences skeptics in rout

    Sports

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama looked every bit the part of a national title contender, with a point-a-minute attack and a defense that planted a goose egg on one of the nation's most prolific offenses.  …

    Running back Derrick Henry, front left, celebrates one of his two touchdowns during Alabama’s dominating first half.
  4. Keeping up with the Tide

    Gator Report

    As the Gators prepare to play No. 3 Alabama on Saturday afternoon, here are some links from writers who cover Alabama to give you more insight on the Tide. Tidesports.com Senior Writer Aaron Suttles writes about the expanded role for freshman CB Tony Brown in the Gators' game. …

  5. Captain's Corner: Extreme tides

    Sports

    What's hot: Thanks to the super moon last week we saw extreme low and high tides. The low tides made it hard to get on the flats and the high tides pushed the fish tight up into the mangrove tree line. The normal pattern should return this week. The summer of the bull redfish continues. Big schools continue to dominate Pinellas and Tampa Bay. Most of the fish have been over slot but make for great fun on light tackle. The flats are covered with scaled sardines so they have plenty to eat. The trick is to throw something different at them like cutbait. Cast in front of the school and not in the middle, which spooks them. …

  6. Captain's Corner: Warm water, high tides aid trout fishing

    Outdoors

    Trout fishing has been excellent, and rising water temperatures and full moon tides are the reason. Spoil Islands in the northern part of the county are holding good concentrations of trout; target peak tidal movement for best action. Soft-plastic jigs in natural shrimp colors work well, as do free-lined select shrimp. For an alternative, try setting out a pinfish trap over shell bottom. Baited with frozen sardines, your trap should load up with small pinfish and grunts, both of which work great for trout. The full moon period has also been good for redfish. Early low tides have pushed them to the edge of the flats, where they can often be seen tailing as they root for crabs. Look for them to be mixed in with mullet schools. When redfish tails are spotted, a long cast with a tail-hooked select shrimp will do the job. No-motor zone flats are the obvious locales, but many of the spoil islands and the grass flats along the east side of the ICW in North Pinellas are holding good numbers. Light-tackle bottom fishing remains a good option. Depths of 25 to 35 feet are producing nice hogfish, good-sized grunts and the occasional keeper red grouper. …

    Tyson Wallerstein
  7. Bangladesh might exile Rohingya refugees to a remote, flood-prone island

    World

    Mohammed Islam is a Rohingya Muslim who has lived in a refugee camp in Bangladesh since age 9, after his family fled religious tension in his home country of Myanmar. …

  8. Miami Beach vs. King Tide

    State

    Reuters' Zachary Fagenson and David Adams: Construction crews are wading into chest high pools of muck in a race against time to install pumps Miami Beach officials hope will help control an annual super-high tide threatening to flood south Florida's popular seaside city next week. …

  9. Captain's Corner: Tips to combat summer heat

    Outdoors

    The summertime heat is in full swing. Get out early to avoid the heat and afternoon thunderstorms. Another option is to get out at night and fish docks and bridges with shrimp. With the water temperatures in the upper 80s, you will only be able to spend the first couple of hours of the day on the flats. After that, you will need to follow the fish to deeper water where it is cooler. It is not too late to target tarpon if you like, especially just coming on a full moon. In July they like to hang around the bridges and shipping channels. They are holding at the Skyway and Port Manatee. The Gandy Bridge is a good place to target them at night. The snook bite has been the best on the start of the incoming tide in most places. Find a point with good water flow and the snook will be piled up waiting for bait to be pushed by. Redfish have been a little harder to target right now. Patience is the key with these fish. There are schools around but you will have to hunt for them. Try looking around oyster beds in a little deeper water. Cut bait has worked best. The big draw this weekend should be gag grouper now that it is back open. Start about 30 miles out. Mangrove snapper will be a great side catch. …

    Mike Gore
  10. Captain's Corner: Be careful of red tide

    Outdoors

    Do your homework: Before heading offshore, find out where the red tide is. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (myfwc.com) gives regular updates. Lately, red tide has moved to about 2 miles west of northern Clearwater Beach. We traveled home from 38 miles northwest of the Clearwater bell buoy, finding floating fish by the thousands from outside of the Veterans Reef to 1 mile north of the Clearwater bell buoy. Most were small: pinfish, grunts, hogfish, cowfish, puffers and eels.  …

    Dave Mistretta
  11. Anglers wary about Red Tide

    Outdoors

    ST. PETERSBURG Nothing creates more confusion and anguish among anglers than the words "Red Tide." …

    [Fish and Wildlife Research Institute]
  12. Captain's Corner: Tackling tarpon

    Outdoors

    Tarpon remain at the top of the list for inshore anglers this week. Post-spawn tarpon are spread out from Egmont to traditional backwater haunts throughout Tampa Bay. This weekend's good midmorning outgoing tide offers anglers a shot at a hot crab bite. The 90-foot hole at Egmont Key will hold huge number of tarpon and Tarpon anglers. Drift live crabs through the area the fish are holding. Lightly weighting at least one of your crabs helps cover the whole water column. The 90-foot hole isn't the only place the fish will gather and wait for crabs to flush out, the Skyway bridge, Bean point, Southwest pass and Pass-a-Grille are also good places. Many of the fish that went offshore to spawn on the last full moon have settled into deep backwater spots. Dredge holes around bridges and deep harbors will hold plenty of fish for the summer. Plug-casting for these fish is an effective way to hook-up, single hook swim baits along with a variety of sinking twitch baits will work when the fish are happily rolling. Snook fishing will also be good this weekend. All the inlets along the ICW are holding lots of snook. Target rock jetties and sand shoal drop-offs on the strong part of either the outgoing or incoming tide. …

  13. Talking points on Florida Gators at Alabama Crimson Tide

    College

    Talking Points …

  14. Captain's Corner: Low tides, cold fronts can benefit fishing

    Outdoors

    Low tides combined with passing cold fronts can lead to rewarding fishing. Northeast winds blowing 20 mph and an astronomical low tide around the new moon result in a low tide that empties the bay and exposes every nook and cranny that reds and trout hang out. Take your boat along the edge of the sandbar and look for cuts that lead into the flat, which are dry from the cold front. Strong outgoing tides form channels through the sandbar that reds and trout use to move on and off of the flat. Anchor far enough from the channel so as not to block the path of the moving fish. With colder air temperatures, bring neoprene waders, gloves, boots and a belt. Use a 7-foot rod rigged with 10-pound braid and 25-pound leader. Soft plastic baits on red quarter-ounce jighead are my favorite. Any eel-type or grub plastic tail works. Throw the jig in the sandy areas and let it hit bottom every time, creating a poof of sand to imitate a crab or shrimp. …

  15. Tide goal: Diversify on offense vs. Gators

    Colleges

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama has experienced receivers, a deep and talented backfield and a preseason All-SEC tight end. …

  16. Red Tide especially troublesome for asthma, allergy patients

    Health

    Most Floridians know Red Tide is here when the smell of dead fish fills the air.  …

  17. Tide finally turns for Keswick Christian's football program

    Footballpreps

    The ball was placed at the 1-yard line. The clock had just over four minutes remaining. Keswick Christian led Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic 22-20, but the Crusaders had to find a way to get out of their own end zone or Friday night's season opener could end the way of the school's 15 previous games. …

    “There’s a different vibe now,’’ said Keswick Christian senior wide receiver T.J. Muscarella.
  18. Captain's Corner: Find snook along mangrove edges

    Outdoors

    Snook have been extremely consistent along the mangrove edges at high tide. Points and overhanging limbs with shade are top ambush points as long as the water is high and moving. The fish are pushing out into potholes as the tide falls. Redfish schools are around but spooky. Approach upwind and uptide if possible. Cut bait is producing fish to 30 inches and some slot fish in the mix. The last full moon brought a bevy of snapper. They are at rock piles and bridge pilings all over the bay. Small whitebait or shrimp on a small hook have been the top producers. Tarpon are on bridges as the resident fish are staging up for their push offshore to spawn. Mackerel are large and in charge as they scour the bay looking for an easy meal. Look around the range markers and reefs that dot the bay. Sardines are the bait of choice but once located, these feisty fish will devour any offering and are a blast on a long rod.  …

  19. Captain's Corner: Tides picking up, helping bite

    Outdoors

    What's hot: Strong incoming tides the past few days have resulted in a great morning bite. With abundant medium-sized pilchards in the area, live chumming for redfish, trout, amberjack, mackerel and ladyfish on the lower stages of the tide has been a consistent pattern. Target flats that have a quick dropoff on the outer edge — typically channel edges and spoil island flats. The current moves well along these deeper troughs and can carry your chummers way down the edge, attracting fish into casting range. …

  20. Captain's Corner: Tips on catching permit offshore

    Outdoors

    Offshore wrecks and artificial reefs are holding schools of permit. With the cost of fuel, reliable coordinates are the main concern when heading offshore to locate permit. I have a network of friends who put me on fish. Permit will feed off of the structure, eating barnacles, shrimp, and crabs. I fill the well full of crabs the day before an offshore trip, and keep them alive overnight with a portable aerator. The strongest outgoing tides toward the end of the day are the best way to locate crabs. At my waypoint of choice, I anchor up using my High Definition GPS trolling motor. I just put the motor in the water and hit the "Anchor" button on the remote control. If I am off a little, I can "jog" the boat left or right with the arrow buttons to get precisely where I need to be. I do not have to worry about a clunky anchor. Ten-pound gear will not work offshore for permit; it is too light. Use 30-pound braid with a long 30-pound fluorocarbon leader to land these strong creatures. Permit have large eyes and become leader shy with anything heavier than 30-pound fluorocarbon. A large 60 series reel that can hold at least 300 yards of line is needed. Permit make long runs in seconds when hooked. …

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