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  1. 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. …

    Executives and guests of Clearwater-based MarineMax Inc. (NYSE:HZO) visited the New York Stock Exchange to highlight the 2015 New York Boat Show, which took place Jan. 21-25, at the Javits Center. To mark the occasion William McGill, chairman, president and CEO, rings the Opening Bell. After several years of rough sailing, MarineMax is doing well again.
  2. 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
  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. 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. …

  7. Captain's Corner: It's a great time to target snook

    Outdoors

    Snook are still center stage around the middle part of the bay. The prime fishing occurs during the periods of maximum tidal flow. That is usually the middle part of the tide. I have been planning my snook fishing around these peak movements and have caught snook to 35 inches. Redfish are roaming the briny molted bottom flats with gin clear water. They hide in the dark grass and ambush a live pinfish under a float. Mullet are key to catching the redfish. They hang out with the happy mullet and eat the spooked offerings of their tail swoosh when they jump. To round out the slam with the trout look on the deep edges of grass flats. They are holding on the edge laying in wait for a scaled sardine. Spanish mackerel are pushing up into the middle part of the bay. …

    Tim Whitfield
  8. 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
  9. 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. …

  10. 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]
  11. Captain's Corner: Kingfish bite spectacular — at times

    Outdoors

    Kingfish averaging 8-15 pounds have been schooled up over hard-bottom areas within a few miles from shore this past week. Anchoring and chumming with live pilchards or slow trolling with threadfins, blue runners and cigar minnows have been the key. When anchor fishing, deploying a quality chum block attracts kingfish and Spanish mackerel from great distances. Inshore, trout, redfish and snook have been cooperating on these full moon tides. Target deep-water flats directly adjacent to the extreme shallows on the low incoming tide for a chance at all three species. Spoil islands, no-motor zone flats and any other areas fitting this description are fish-holding areas. Casting top-water lures first thing in the morning can help locate active fish. As the tide peaks, look for redfish to take to the mangroves. Spring high tides bring much more water than we had all winter and the redfish are definitely pushing way back under the mangroves at high tides as they search out crabs. Target small oyster bars that typically occur around mangrove points. A live pilchard lightly weighted with a split shot works great when cast under the trees. Late-afternoon outgoing tides have had transitioning snook looking for an easy meal the past few days. Target creek mouths and flats near to known snook wintering areas with live pilchards and you should be able to get a few fish chummed up. …

  12. Talking points on Florida Gators at Alabama Crimson Tide

    College

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  13. 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. …

  14. 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.  …

  15. 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.
  16. U.S. Supreme Court quietly turns tide on gay marriage

    Nation

    WASHINGTON When Gregory Enke heard the news Monday morning, he woke Ariel Ulloa, his partner of eight years, and they rushed to the second floor of a drab government building in to get married in Salt Lake City. …

    The Rev. Robin Gorsline marries Nicole Pries, left, and Lindsey Oliver outside a court building Monday in Richmond, Va. Virginia was one of the five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriage in an appeal rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court.
  17. 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. …

  18. Captain's Corner: Avoid red tide; go to north Pinellas

    Outdoors

    What's hot: Despite the threat of red tide, fishing in northern Pinellas remains very good. Bait of all sizes can be found all along the beach and almost any grass flat inside of the passes. …

  19. Kurds claim to have turned tide against Islamic State in Syrian border town

    World

    SANLIURFA, Turkey — Kurdish fighters have turned the tide against Islamic State militants in the battle for control of the Syrian border town of Kobani after two days of relentless bombardment by U.S. warplanes, Kurdish officials and activists said Wednesday. …

    Syrian Kurdish refugee children who had fled fighting in Kobani, Syria, with their families wait for lunch on the grounds of a mosque where they had found refuge at the Turkey-Syria border.
  20. Mid April East Bay fishing report

    Outdoors

    What's Hot: Where to start? How about Weedon Island redfish, some Picnic Island snook, a few trout all around — and great weather. …

    Capt. Jim Lemke for the Captain's Corner Report.

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