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  1. 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. …

  2. Gators face challenge in Alabama offensive line

    College

    GAINESVILLE — The Alabama offense is on a record-setting pace with 1,705 yards in the first three games, an average of 568.3, which is a school record. The Crimson Tide has gone three and out on offense only twice in 32 possessions. …

  3. 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. …

  4. Lineups announced for Plan B Block Party, Don't Stop St. Pete festivals

    Sound Check

    By now, most followers of the Tampa Bay music scene know all about the rift that split the organizing forces of St. Petersburg’s late, lamented Antiwarpt Festival, which last year led to a pair of competing local festivals on the same day — Don’t Stop St. Pete in St. Petersburg and the Plan B Block Party in Ybor City. …

  5. Weeki Wachee diver aims to stay submerged in Atlantic for 55 hours (w/video)

    Science

    FORT LAUDERDALE — Allen Sherrod surfaced from a stormy sea nearly three years ago with swollen hands and scabbed legs, weak but triumphant. …

  6. Florida Gators say 3OT win good prep for Alabama Crimson Tide

    College

    GAINESVILLE — Once they had a few moments to take it all in, the Florida Gators came to this conclusion about the 36-30 triple-overtime win over Kentucky on Saturday night at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium: It was exactly the kind of game they needed as they prepare to face No. 3 Alabama this weekend. …

  7. Get Hubbard fishing tips at Tampa's Florida Sportsman Expo

    Outdoors

    MADEIRA BEACH — Like most fishermen, Capt. Mark Hubbard keeps his cards close to his chest. "I don't want to give away all of my secrets," said Hubbard, whose family has been running party boats out of John's Pass for nearly 50 years. "If you want to know how to catch fish — book a trip." …

  8. Captain's Corner: Super moon brings lots of options

    Outdoors

    What's hot: The big tides associated with the recent super moon resulted in good catches of snook and redfish inshore and snapper of up to 5 pounds in the bay. Snook are staging up near creek mouths and passes. Drifting a sardine under a cork has worked well. Don't sweat the big baits for snook. They are chewing on small and medium baits just fine. The bigger redfish have been milling around schools of mullet, so find mullet with schools of bait nearby. A corked pinfish is a great starting point, but a free-lined sardine works, too. Breeder-sized redfish are here also. They tend to run in schools of 50 to 200. When located, chum the area and cast on the boils. …

  9. East Bay Fishing Report for Sept. 12

    Outdoors

    Seasonal success: With fall around the corner, the fishing is starting to pick up more during the day, especially because the water temperature remains warm. Snook, redfish, trout and many more species are out roaming around the flats and the bay area reefs and bridges. …

  10. 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. …

  11. Cecil Hurt: Alabama should worry about Gators

    Gator Report

    Alabama may be a 17.5 point favorite over the Gators in Saturday's SEC showdown in Tuscaloosa, but at least one longtime columnist believes and improved Florida team might prove a challenge for the Tide. …

  12. 'Growers are ... watching their livelihood collapse in front of them'

    State

    Can genetic engineering save the Florida orange? National Geographic asks the question that's on the minds of many these days: Citrus greening, the plague that could wipe out Florida's $9 billion orange industry, begins with the touch of a jumpy brown bug on a sun-kissed leaf. …

  13. Gators Will Muschamp "looking forward to the opportunity" to play Alabama

    Gator Report

    The Gators will play at Alabama on Saturday, marking their first trip to Tuscaloosa since 2010. Alabama has won six the last eight meetings between the two schools and has outscored the Gators 101-29 in the past three games. …

  14. Obama to announce expanded U.S. effort to fight Ebola

    Nation

    WASHINGTON — Under pressure to do more to confront the Ebola outbreak sweeping across West Africa, President Barack Obama today will announce an expansion of military and medical resources to combat the spread of the deadly virus, administration officials said. …

  15. Captain's Corner: Grouper season extended

    Sports

    Red grouper season: The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council granted an extension last week for red grouper season. Anglers can now get their limit or three red groupers as part of their four-fish aggregate until Oct. 4. …

  16. ROCKY BOTTOM

    UWhen USF coach Willie Taggart decided not to put names on the backs of his players' jerseys this season, he was doing them a favor. Who wants to be associated with this? …

  17. Review: 'Eisenhower: A Life' a too-brief biography

    Books

    See Ike? See Ike beat the Nazis? See Ike become president? See Ike build the interstate highway system? Ike was a nice man. Ike was a great general. Ike was a very good president. …

  18. Charlie Crist's party switch is like no other in Florida history

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE Candidates in Florida have been switching parties for decades, so Charlie Crist's unprecedented bid to be the state's first governor to serve as a Republican and as a Democrat may not be as outlandish as it seems. …

  19. Anglers wary about Red Tide

    Outdoors

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

  20. Cash-rich GOP poised for November elections

    Elections

    ORLANDO — Buoyed by a significant cash advantage and polls that show Gov. Rick Scott either tied or leading, Florida Republicans on Saturday contended they are focused and ready for the November election.  …

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