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  1. Captain's Corner: Line of sight

    Outdoors

    January brings some of the lowest tides of the year. While this can make things difficult for some types of fishing, it creates a great opportunity for true sight-fishing on the flats. As new and full moon outgoing tides reach their lowest point, which along the North Suncoast is usually early morning, redfish and others are forced off the flats and into slightly deeper basins. At the first hint of incoming water, the fish move back up onto the flats. This is the best, and often only, time that redfish feed in the grass with their tails protruding from the water. At first they grub around near deeper water, then as the water covers more of the flats they go higher. By the time the tide reaches halfway most of the tailing action disappears as the water is deep enough to cover the fishes' bodies. This brief window can produce the most exciting stalk-and-cast fishing anywhere. While it helps to have a super shallow draft poling skiff to target tailing reds, it is by no means necessary. Wading works great if you know which flats to target. Another method is to kayak into the tailing zone, then step out and wade after them. Walking quietly across a remote grass flat and pitching a bait to a tailing fish in 18 inches of water is a great challenge. It is also far more available than most local anglers realize. The tricky part is knowing which flats the fish like. Often there is no visible difference between one that's great and one that reds never inhabit. Trial and error is really the only way to figure it out but once you find a good one, it will likely be good the next time the super low tides of winter roll around. …

  2. Huskers RB shines at Senior Bowl

    Sports

    MOBILE, Ala. — Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah wanted to leave an impression on more than just NFL watchers at the Senior Bowl.  …

  3. Argentina's president reverses, says prosecutor's death not a suicide

    World

    BUENOS AIRES — Confronted with a deepening scandal, the president of Argentina abruptly reversed herself Thursday, saying the death of the lead prosecutor investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center was not a suicide, as she and other government officials had suggested. …

  4. 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. …

  5. Tigers poach 'Bama for new DC

    Sports

    BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU coach Les Miles hired Alabama linebackers coach Kevin Steele as the Tigers' defensive coordinator.  …

  6. Cyclones rally past Kansas State

    Sports

    AMES, Iowa — Kansas State showed its surprising start in the Big 12 wasn't a fluke. Iowa State proved it could win the kind of games teams with title aspirations need to win.  …

  7. President Obama's State of the Union speech full text

    National

    Here is the full text of President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech as prepared for delivery on Jan. 20, 2015. Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans:  …

  8. Jim McElwain's offense at Florida a work in progress

    College

    GAINESVILLE — Six weeks into his tenure, everyone wants to know what type of offense Jim McElwain will run when the Gators take the field this fall. McElwain is curious, too. …

  9. Column: Hey, America, all of you c'mon down

    Columns

    "I have a message today to the people of New York, Illinois, California, Pennsylvania and others: Move to Florida!" Such was the sunny welcome put forth by Gov. Rick Scott at his second inaugural last week in Tallahassee. …

  10. Coach delivers for dying ex-'Cane

    Sports

    CORAL GABLES — Jim Palma played one year of freshman basketball at Miami in the 1940s. His name appears in no official program records, and since he wasn't on the varsity squad he's not recognized as a letterwinner at the school. To Miami coach Jim Larranaga, that's irrelevant.  …

  11. In Tampa Bay economy, 20 bullish signs for a stronger 2015

    Economic Development

    The start of 2015 brings an abundance of positive economic signs for the Tampa Bay region. Here are just 20 to ponder:  …

  12. The audacity of Jeb Bush: A governor goes all in on the Terri Schiavo case

    State Roundup

    Tricia Rivas had never written to an elected official, but gripped with emotion, she composed an urgent email to Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. "Please save Terri Schiavo!" she wrote from her home in Tucson, Ariz., on March 20, 2005. "Do something before it is too late … please! Every parent is watching this drama unfold … and will remember the outcome in future elections." Schiavo would be dead by the end of the month at a hospice near St. Petersburg, but not before Bush took a series of actions that, looking back a decade later, are stunning for their breadth and audacity. …

  13. Captain's Corner: Large trout dominate inshore fishing

    Outdoors

    Strong action for very large trout is dominating the inshore scene. The only trick is choosing the right location so you're where those larger fish lurk. Their location has shifted several times in the past few weeks. Areas with sea grass bottom are very good but on the negative low tides that winter provides, fish the muddy bottom troughs. Targeting trout does not require anything more than light outfits with light leader and lures. One-eighth-ounce jigheads with your favorite plastic tail are deadly on trout. I like a 5-inch jerkbait style tail that resembles a shrimp. Light outfits allow for making long casts to work a lot of water to locate fish. A slow retrieve is much more productive than an erratic motion. Soft strikers, finesse your way to hookups and enjoy the better battle the bigger trout provide. During the tougher tidal periods, choose locations such as creek mouths or the flats just inside gulf passes to find better-feeding speckled trout. Fishing the highest tides, shift up closer to the mangrove shorelines to find big trout. …

  14. Study: Sea level rise accelerating more than once thought

    Science

    WASHINGTON — The world's oceans are now rising far faster than they did in the past, a new study says.  …

  15. Will Urban Meyer go down in history as the greatest college football coach of all time?

    College

    ARLINGTON, Texas — If he wasn't a member of the club before, he definitely is now. Take a bow, Urban Meyer. You're one of the greatest coaches in college football history. …

  16. His dolphin song is finally heard

    Ric O'Barry feels the tide turning in his long quest to change the public's mind about dolphins in captivity.  …

  17. For Ohio State's Urban Meyer, success keeps mounting

    College

    Call him Urban Legend. Urban Meyer. Best coach in the land? Gators fans, of course, don't want to even think about that. They have other names for him: Urban Liar. Urban Crier. …

  18. Captain's Corner: Avoid spooking leery fish

    Outdoors

    Trout fishing has remained steady in St. Joseph Sound. However, the warm trend in the area has limited the new fish migrating in, and since the spoils islands are getting hammered daily, the fish are becoming leery. Boat noise can cause a school of fish to move hundreds of yards away. Approach any group of anglers from behind, drifting in quietly or using a trolling motor at low speed to get position, giving plenty of room to those boats already there. Fishing for trout under corks is great, but as the sun gets higher and the fish get pressured, a freelined shrimp or sardine works best. The bait is presented closer to the bottom in 3-5 feet of water for shy fish to eat easier. There is plenty of action along with the trout, especially around the moving tides. Ladyfish, pompano, bluefish and occasionally mackerel are biting. For artificial action, try slowly worked chartruese colored jigs or imitation shrimp in the same areas. …

  19. Ohio State upsets Alabama 42-35

    College

    NEW ORLEANS — Cardale Jones came through again at the Sugar Bowl. Ezekiel Elliott ran all over mighty Alabama. And Urban Meyer's quest to turn Ohio State into SEC North is one victory away from a national championship. …

  20. Ezekiel Elliott's eyes on TD run say it all for Buckeyes

    College

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ezekiel Elliott's eyes saw running room ahead. It was what was behind him that concerned him the most.  …

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