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  1. Captain's Corner: Tracking tarpon and snook

    Outdoors

    Flyrodding snook and tarpon: Beach fishing for large tarpon has been difficult because of westerly winds. Waves and discolored water make it impossible to see fish in the shallows. Using a fly rod has not been as successful as when conditions are calm. Snook along the beaches have been challenging. But snook and smaller tarpon are available by changing tactics. …

  2. Captain's Corner: Monitor weather, tides to determine best winter inshore fishing times

    Outdoors

    Weather watch: Fishing inshore during the winter can be tough because of fluctuating weather and water conditions. Monitor weather conditions and patterns to determine the best days and times to go. Choosing areas protected from heavy wind is key. Residential canals, the lee side of mangrove islands, rivers, creeks, and protected shallow grass flats can be productive spots. Never venture into unprotected waters when conditions are deemed unsafe. …

  3. Captain's Corner: Stay patient

    Outdoors

    Drastic weather changes and strong wind events typically require a few days for action to improve. Those of us with political fatigue went fishing anyway. Redfish, grouper and a few late-season snook have been the most cooperative. …

  4. Landlubber fishing: Align your trip with the tides

    Outdoors

    All anglers, no matter if they are fishing from the bank with a cane pole or trolling from a 41 Luhrs, want to avoid going home empty-handed. That's a given. But there is one ingredient that separates the successful anglers from all the rest — timing. …

    St. Petersburg resident John Skane caught this flounder Nov. 25 by drifting live shrimp into drop-offs during low tide.
  5. Captain's Corner: Low water boosts guide's expectations

    Outdoors

    Recent trip: Bruce Roberts and Jim Parnell joined me on a cold, blustery morning. This was only for die-hard fisherman. I saw doubt on their faces. I told them conditions were perfect; it should be one of the greatest redfish trips of the year. …