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  1. Captain's Corner: Redfish fishing hot throughout Intracoastal

    Outdoors

    Redfish fishing throughout the Intracoastal Waterway has been excellent this past month. Schools of 18- to 24-inch redfish can be found balled up along the outer edges of the shallows at low tide and working the oyster bar edges at the higher tidal stages. Spoil islands and flats that run adjacent to the channel or areas of deeper water are places to find the schools now. As the tide recedes, the bait becomes condensed along these edges, attracting not only redfish but trout, jacks and ladyfish. Cast-netting live pilchards has been easy this week. Light east winds allow you to stalk schools of pilchards along the swash channel up and down the beach. Finding larger-sized bait might require a little help from the daylight in order to pick out bigger baits. Setting up in natural funneling points such as a small cut in the outer bar or a slightly deeper bend allows you to chum the fish to you as they exit the flat. Baitfish mimicking artificial lures work great. …

  2. LSU fires coach Les Miles

    College

    LSU fired coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron on Sunday, and promoted defensive line coach Ed Orgeron to interim head coach.  …

    Les Miles looks on during LSU's game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday. [Getty Images]
  3. LSU's dramatic TD comes just a tick too late against Auburn

    Sports

    AUBURN, Ala. — Gus Malzahn was ready to try anything to get a win for his Auburn Tigers. …

  4. 3 bodies found in the sea off Florida Keys

    Incoming

    zephyrhills morning death of toddler to be investigated Police said they are investigating the suspicious death of an 18-month-old boy found unresponsive early Saturday morning. …

  5. Football: St. Petersburg 31, Largo 10

    Footballpreps

    ST. PETERSBURG — It wasn't a pretty victory, but it was a gritty one for St. Petersburg (3-1), which topped Largo 31-10 in a game that was a lot closer than the score indicated. …

  6. Nation in a snap: Texas backer for USF, playoff hopefuls turned duds and more

    College

    Texas-sized endorsement? USF, deemed a fringe candidate for Big 12 expansion by most around the country, apparently seems a far more viable candidate to veteran Austin (Texas) American-Statesman columnist Kirk Bohls. …

    NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 17:  Samaje Perine #32 of the Oklahoma Sooners is tackled on the field in the second half by a group of Ohio State Buckeyes defenders at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) 659692299
  7. Title town bound? Predicting the CFP teams

    College

    Each week Times staff writers Matt Baker and Joey Knight will handicap what the field might look like for the national championship game on Jan. 9. Don't like their picks? Give us yours. Matt Baker Alabama. The Tide has solved its Ole Miss problem … so now who can stop Bama? …

    OXFORD, MS - SEPTEMBER 17:  Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide leaps over Terry Caldwell #21 of the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Oxford, Mississippi.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) 659234593
  8. Honeymoon Island sand survives Hurricane Hermine

    Environment

    DUNEDIN — To sun-seeking visitors, it is a paradise. But to those who have fought for decades to keep sand on its shores, Honeymoon Island is a battleground. …

    This stand of sea oats helped mitigate wind, rain and sand erosion at the north parking lot at Honeymoon Island State Park during the storm.
  9. Captain's Corner: Plenty of action during a stroll into fall

    Outdoors

    Fall fishing patterns are very close, yet summer is still holding on. The days are getting shorter, and the water temps have been hovering in the low 80s. Though mid days are still hot, there is plenty of fishing action to be had. Snook are firing off in the morning on any tide, incoming or outgoing. Scaled sardines are very plentiful so filling the baitwell has been easy, especially with bait schools along the beaches in north Pinellas. I anchor uptide of an area holding snook and chum with a good amount of stunned baits. The snook will begin to pop the surface as they chase and inhale the baits in the tidal flow, giving away their location and willingness to eat. On a recent trip using this method, we were pleasantly surprised by a school of redfish mixed in with the snook right along the sandy shore. A few rocks and a patch of grass was all they needed to congregate in the trough near the sunbathing tourists. Trout are plentiful over the grass flats nearest the passes. Trout are also still along the beaches around the rock jetties, devouring the small hatchling sardines and glass minnows clouding the waters near the structure. Spanish mackerel, bonito and mangrove snappers have been a focus for nearshore anglers. Kingfish are just around the corner. Heading into the fall season is always exciting as the flats and the fish begin to come to life with the slight cooling of the waters.  …

  10. Appleby ready to step in as Gators' new starting QB with Del Rio out hurt

    College

    GAINESVILLE — Florida quarterback Austin Appleby has starting experience, even in hostile environments.  …

    GREAT GRAB: Ohio State’s Noah Brown catches a touchdown pass by pinning the ball on the back of Oklahoma cornerback Michiah Quick in Saturday games, won by the Buckeyes 45-24.
  11. Joey Knight's AP Top 25 college football ballot

    College

    Joey Knight's AP Top 25 ballot …

  12. Down 21, Tide rises to top Ole Miss

    Sports

    OXFORD, Miss. — Alabama coach Nick Saban watched his top-ranked team fall behind by three touchdowns, then come roaring back Saturday. And when his Crimson Tide looked to be in control and leading No. 19 Mississippi by 18 points in the fourth quarter, it nearly blew it.  …

    Running back Bo Scarbrough dives into the end zone for a touchdown in the second half of Alabama’s 48-42 win.
  13. Former two-sport player D.J. Dozier is rooting for Tim Tebow

    Minors

    D.J. Dozier was a rookie running back with the Vikings in 1987, enjoying one of the perks that come with being a first-round pick on the local NFL team: World Series tickets. …

    D.J. Dozier was 23 in 1989 when he decided to return to baseball, and he reached the majors with the Mets in 1992.
  14. College Football: Why Louisville QB Lamar Jackson moves atop the Heisman Watch list

    College

    Heisman watch 5. Clemson QB Deshaun Watson: Still one of the most talented players in the country but two mediocre games in a row are starting to look like a worrisome trend. …

    Florida State Seminoles wide receiver Auden Tate (18) stands during Florida State Seminoles football practice on Sunday, August 14, 2016 at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahasse, Florida.
  15. Lineup for inaugural Et Cultura festival announced

    Features

    St. Petersburg's Et Cultura festival dropped its inaugural lineup Friday, reflecting a purpose of showcasing the local arts community. …

    The Hip Abduction, seen here in 2014, will perform at the Et Cultura festival in St. Petersburg. Luis Santana | Times
  16. Tampa Bay's poor begin to share in economic recovery, survey shows

    News

    Two years ago, Lorraine Major was making about $9,000 a year as a school cafeteria worker. …

  17. Sewage dump may lead to algae blooms, fish kill, lost seagrass, experts say

    Water

    Expect algae blooms. Seagrass die-off. Fish kills. Dead birds. Those are some of the environmental consequences that could result from the tens of millions of gallons of sewage that has flowed into Tampa Bay over the past year, according to bay experts. …

    Water with what appears to be partially treated sewage was found in Tampa Bay. The sewage can fuel the bloom of toxic algae, leading to seagrass die-off, and the deaths of fish and birds.
  18. Nation in a snap: Greg Schiano's fine start; open season on Oregon

    College

    Schiano + Urban dominance …

    SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 10: DeShone Kizer #14 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish passes against the Nevada Wolf Pack in the first half of the game at Notre Dame Stadium on September 10, 2016 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) 659238683
  19. College football viewing guide: Early games aren't too shabby

    College

    Lamest time window: Late. Two great games kick off at 7:30, but the ones at 8 aren't sizzling. This week could provide a slightly earlier bedtime. …

    ORLANDO, FL - SEPTEMBER 05:  Roderick Johnson #77 and Derrick Kelly II #74 of the Florida State Seminoles celebrate in the second half against the Mississippi Rebels during the Camping World Kickoff at Camping World Stadium on September 5, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) 658522679
  20. Julia weakens to depression, grows again into tropical storm

    Nation

    CHARLESTON, S.C. — Julia re-strengthened into a tropical storm Thursday after earlier weakening to a tropical depression, but forecasters said it would gradually lose steam again while meandering off the coast of the Carolinas.  …

    CORRECTS NAME FROM TYREE KING TO TYRE KING - Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs holds up a photo showing the type of BB gun that police say a 13-year-old boy pulled from his waistband just before he was shot and killed by police investigating an armed robbery report, on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. Police say the boy, Tyre King, died at a hospital after the Wednesday evening shooting.   (Fred Squillante/The Columbus Dispatch via AP) OHCOL101

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