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  1. World's biggest dinosaur footprint discovered in 'Australia's own Jurassic Park'

    Science

    More than 100 million years ago, on a muddy stretch of land that is now Australia, nearly two-dozen species of dinosaur once roamed. …

    Dinosaur tracks in Walmadany.
  2. Captain's Corner: Taking on the trout/redfish/snook challenge.

    Outdoors

    Catching a trout, redfish and snook on the same outing with a fly rod can be challenging. Concentrate on lighted docks and bridges. We go out a few hours before daylight and often don't see another boat, especially on weekdays. Trout and reds have been the primary targets; snook are appearing in greater numbers due to warming water. A moving tide produces feeding frenzies and doubles when two fly casters are covering an area. Position one caster on each end of the boat. Lights near marinas and bridges have produced baby tarpon — use a stealthy approach and longer casts. Your first cast is always the best, working the outside shadow before casting into the lighted area. Long slow strips work best and are often interrupted with a strike that causes an immediate hookup. When you see a fish follow, speed up your presentation duplicating an escaping baitfish. Size 4-1 synthetic patterns are selected to match the plentiful baitfish the fish are chasing. Use a 25- to 30-pound shock tippet to prevent leader wear and breakage. White flies are best. A bow mounted electric trolling motor will position the boat parallel to the structure and help get large fish away from barnacle encrusted pilings which will break leaders and fly lines. Crimp all barbs to make releasing easy. …

  3. Captain's Corner: Snook action should resume with warmer weather

    Outdoors

    Last week's cool-down changed inshore patterns dramatically. Snook fishing had been phenomenal during a warm-weather stretch, but when water temperatures dropped into the low 60s, many snook exited the chilly flats and shot back up the creeks. This week's warm weather and good tidal flow should get the bite back on track. Redfishing has been improving as the new moon approaches. Redfish have been pushing onto the flats on the incoming tide and can be skittish until the tide comes up a bit. Mixed in with the mullet schools these fish have been biting well on the middle part of the incoming tide. Fan-cast gold spoons throughout the mullet to pick up bites from aggressive feeders, then slow it down with soft plastics bounced across the bottom. These fish will also eat whitebaits. For big trout, a free-lined live pilchard along the edges is hard to resist. Trout will also pounce a topwater plug early in the morning. Scaled sardines are a bit easier to come by and can be chummed up around channel edges and bridge pilings.  …

  4. PolitiFact: Fact-checking Donald Trump's Time magazine interview on truths and falsehoods

    Perspective

    Confronted by Time magazine about his most flagrant falsehoods, President Donald Trump finally faced the question of why he makes so many unsubstantiated claims. "What have I said that is wrong?" Trump asked. …

  5. The Daystarter: Ross at center of health care bill's fate; Scott-Corcoran race in 2018?; Jack Kerouac's St. Petersburg house in limbo; Vitale on Gators and Sweet 16, baby!

    News

    Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today. 10News WTSP The latest 7-day forecast 10News WTSP Feels-like temperatures around the Tampa Bay area  …

    A poodle in a sweater gets stuck in a storm drain. Need we say more? [City of Port Richey]
  6. Pasco sheriff: Holiday man spends thousands at strip club after swindling disabled woman

    Crime

    HOLIDAY — First he cajoled her to move in with him from out of state. Then, William Bradley Tide, 48, of Holiday stole nearly $150,000 from Maryanne Andersen, a woman in her 60s with a mental disability, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office and Tarpon Springs Police Department. …

    William Tide spent more than $9,000 of Maryanne Andersen’s money at a strip club, officials say.
  7. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for March 22

    Events

    Carrot Top: The comedian with three decades of performances under his belt, is known for his trademark red locks and inventive use of props. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $39.50-$55. (727) 791-7400.  …

    LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 06: Comedian Carrot Top performs during the 10th-anniversary celebration of his residency at the Luxor Hotel and Casino on December 6, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) 595180095
  8. Pinellas sheriff: Body identified as one of two men who disappeared into Gulf of Mexico last week

    Accidents

    ST. PETERSBURG — The body found off Egmont Key on Monday was identified as Andrew Charles Dillman, 27, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, who was one of two men who disappeared last week they were swept into the Gulf of Mexico. A boater reported seeing the body floating in the water around 2 p.m., deputies said, about three miles west of Egmont Key. …

    The 71-foot charter boat that two passengers disappeared from in rough waters off Pass-A-Grille Channel on Tuesday evening is the Jaguar, which is operated by FYC Yachts in St. Petersburg. The search and rescue mission became a recovery operation on Friday. Deputies said Monday that a body was found off Egmont Key but did not say if it was connected to the missing men. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  9. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa social scene

    Humaninterest

    Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival …

    AMY SCHERZER | Times Charlene Cofer and Jim VanEepoel explore the 21st annual Chiselers Market Preview Party on March 10 at the University of Tampa.
  10. Captain's Corner: Remain flexible until warmer weather arrives for good

    Outdoors

    High winds have subsided and the weather is warming. Cold fronts are possible even into early April so be ready to adjust to find and catch fish. Extremely clear water forced us to downsize tackle to 20 pounds and 15-pound leader. Smaller hooks like No. 1 or 2 can be hidden easier in live baits. On a recent trip, two rods I hadn't switched over to lighter leaders were not getting bites, although we were surrounded by trout in 3-4 feet of water. As soon as 20-pound leader was tied on, bites started. Tides have affected the bite. Moving tides are a stimulant for fish. If you are in an area with a stagnant tide, consider moving where the tide moves around a point, closer to a pass. Redfish have been eating through all phases of the tides but higher waters allow them to reach mangrove shorelines and oyster bars where they forage on bait. Hundreds of snook in north Pinellas are staging along the spoil islands and mouths of creeks, rivers and bays. The water temp dipped into the upper 50s this past week, shutting the snook bite down for a while. Mackerel and kingfish are being reported 8-15 miles out. …

  11. Captain's Corner: Make adjustments as cold front passes through

    Outdoors

    The last cold front set spring back a tad, or maybe it's just buffering. Either way, fishing should be good this weekend. Snook, redfish and trout were around in great numbers before the front. The bay temperature has dipped as low as 61 in some areas. This has pushed the bait off the flats, out deep, and back into transition mode. Look for the predators to do the same. If possible, fish in the afternoon. The mid/late morning low tides will heat up the shallows quickly, as the water begins pouring in the fish will warm up and the bite should fire off. Look for this around the middle of the incoming tide. Snook have pushed back to their early spring areas near dark and deeper water. Think creeks and rivers, the dark water heats faster and will keep the fish comfortable enough to eat as the day wears on. Redfish should begin feed well. Once the warm incoming water gets over their backs by mid tide they should be getting comfortable and hungry. Starting out at the beginning of the tide trout should be a good pick, while the reds and snook will chew well during the middle to end of the tide; trout are more likely to feed well as it begins coming in. They have a higher tolerance for the cool water. If fishing artificials, use slow sinking plugs and soft plastics, they will stay in the strike zone longer.  …

  12. Captain's Corner: Cold front, wind help keep water at perfect fishing temperature

    Outdoors

    Fishing continues to be hot. While this cold front and wind come at a bad time when many are on spring break, it helps keep the water at a perfect temperature. Bait continues to stay deep and can found at the bridges and on most of markers in Tampa Bay. For snook, March is usually the turning point where fish make their way out of their winter holes, but this happened early this year. Snook are everywhere, and if you're lucky enough to have greenbacks, they're easy to catch. While we catch redfish year-round, they tend to perk up as the water gets warmer. Like snook, they become more active as the influx of bait schools start to show up. Work the flats on low tide looking for tailing redfish foraging through the grass seeking a meal. As the tide rises, work the oyster beds. Early in the morning, I work a topwater lure to locate the fish. Once I find them, I switch to a soft plastic on a ⅛-ounce jig head. This tactic almost always initiates a strike. Trout fishing might hit its peak this month. The bigger size, usually females, are in spawn and will eat anything in sight. …

  13. Coast lures environmental dawgs for outdoor learning

    Humaninterest

    PORT RICHEY It's Saturday morning and the Gulf of Mexico calls. It's close to 11 a.m. when youngsters dribble into the Gill Dawg Marina to slather on sunscreen and load up on water in preparation for an outdoor adventure.  …

    O’Connor helps Arianna Sharay, 10, adjust her life vest before kayaking on the Pithlachascotee River.
  14. 5 things to do under $5: Free plane rides for kids, Free Ferry Sunday, Comic Con at the library

    Events

    1Young Eagles Flight Rally: Kids 8 to 17 can explore the world of aviation and get a free plane ride when volunteer pilots take children on a 15-minute flight. Each young "pilot" gets one-on-one time with actual pilots to learn how airplanes work and how safety comes first. Get there early since slots are first-come, first-served. Weather will be monitored; check eaa282.org for possible cancelation. 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Clearwater Airpark, 1000 N Hercules Ave., Clearwater. (813) 765-2204. …

    Pilot Jim Porter, with the Clearwater’s chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association, left, flies over Clearwater during the EAA’s Young Eagles Flight Rally staged out of the Clearwater Airpark.
  15. Captain's Corner: For inshore fishing, target redfish and speckled trout

    Outdoors

    Redfish and speckled trout continue to be the top inshore species. Low tides in the morning have redfish holding on the edges of flats, waiting for the tide to flood. I'm starting a little later in the morning, so the angle of the sun can help locate the school before it is spooked. Take extreme caution in approaching the area. Low tides with clear water have redfish very wary. If I don't see any fish, or I spook them, I move on to the next area. When the tide level floods enough to fill the flats, I move into the usual areas on the flats to find schools. Speckled trout have provided the most consistent action this past week. Deep grass flats in the 4- to 5-foot ranges have been holding big numbers of fish. Locate fish using a quarter ounce jig rigged with a soft plastic tail. Use super glue to keep the tail on the jig to get a few more uses. When trout are hooked, they come to the surface and violently shake their head, trying to throw the jig. When the bite stops, start another drift watching the GPS track to set up a drift in the same area where fish were caught. It helps having large scaled sardines in the well — larger "gator" trout find them tempting. …

  16. Captain's Corner: Sardines ignite strong snook bite

    Outdoors

    The snook bite remains strong. Lots of the smaller males have been aggressive. Recent trips have seen upwards of 40 snook, some getting close to the slot. Sardines (whitebait) have ignited the bite. Send out a couple dozen to get their attention and quickly they give up their location making them easy targets. Larger females are around and super finicky. Redfish are also all over the flats feeding well on the incoming tide. Often, redfish can be a sit and wait game, and with too many boats around the fish move on. Get away from the crowds and search out a smaller school of fish to work. Look for mullet and fish around them. Trout seem to be pushing into the bay. Fishing deeper water near popular bait flats is a solid choice.  …

  17. Captain's Corner: Snook fishing strong as early spring continues

    Outdoors

    This past weekend's cold front might have kept many anglers off the water, but it should help prolong an early spring. Water temperatures late last week before the front shot up to 78 degrees in the shallows. Fishing has been excellent with the warmup, but too much of a good thing could get us thinking about summer and for flats fishing spring is the best time of the year. Excellent snook fishing continued last week and fishing the mid-morning to late-afternoon incoming tide is the ticket for catching quality fish. Set up on flats that are in close proximity to a creek mouth. As the tide comes in the snook feel that warm water and look to exit the creek to find food. Using live pilchards and threadfins for bait has helped get the fish fired up around the boat. But snook will also track down a top-water plug or other artificial lures. Once the snook begin to feed on the live bait the redfish have been right behind them. Redfish aren't as aggressive as snook and often are boiling on baits way down tide. Swim a big pilchard out to them or send a live pinfish out on a deep bomb.  …

  18. Restaurant review: Acqua Alta is a charmer in Clearwater, partly for what it doesn't have

    Dining

    CLEARWATER …

    Sandwiches include Cannareggio, tuna and potato spread, fresh tomato and mayo; and Dorsoduro, mozzarella, roasted turkey, homemade pesto and mayo.
  19. Captain's Corner: Bait sticks around thanks to warm weather

    Outdoors

    Stable and warm weather has had fish extremely active in North Pinellas. Unlike most winter months, the bait has stuck around. Cast-netting for bait to fish for the day has been easy. Trout have been on fire, slowing only after the strong new moon phase passed by. They're still chasing and inhaling the sardines/greenbacks. The Intracoastal waters between Clearwater and Palm Harbor are holding several fish up to 24 inches though most are 15-20. Artificials have outfished live baits at times, especially when fish are spread out. I like small paddle-tail soft plastics with a one-eighth jig head. Redfish are showing up in schools. High tides are lower than normal, so schooling redfish are forced to stay out of the trees and mangrove bushes and roam the flats with the mullet. Heavy chumming works well. Lay out cut pieces of pinfish on a 2/0 circle hook and wait for a strong pull. Reds often hook themselves as they take off with the bait. Snook are also cooperating. They tend to prefer large baits such as threadfin herring, ladyfish or pinfish. Winds are forecast to be high this weekend, so look for cover in bays or canals with deeper water that can hold fish. Docks will often have reds, sheepshead and snook underneath. Live shrimp works well. …

  20. Curtis Hixon waterfront dyed green for St. Patrick's Day testing in downtown Tampa (w/video)

    Events

    The Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa once again turned its familiar shade of Kelly green on Friday, ahead of the Mayor's River O' Green Fest at the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park The city tested the dye that will be used during the St. Patrick's Day festival on March 17, which begins at 11 a.m. …

    Richard Nix, Richard Snider and Bryan Stafford from the City of Tampa test the green dye at the Curtis Hixon Waterfront in preparation for the Mayor's River O'Green Fest in Tampa, Fla. on Friday, March 3, 2017.

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