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  1. Captain's Corner: Prime conditions return for tarpon fishing

    Outdoors

    Days surrounding the new and full moons in May, June and July are traditionally the most productive for tarpon fishing. Nature cheated us out of those days during the last of these phases. High winds, rough seas and rain cooled water temperatures and pushed many tarpon offshore and to the south. Even the tarpon that stayed weren't much into chewing. Conditions have changed. Winds have subsided a bit. Rain chances are reduced, and water temperatures are rising. The next few days on the tail end of the new moon could be special. The strong afternoon — and into the dark — outgoing tide will be showcased. Crabs, shrimp and assorted baitfish will be swept from the bay and funneled through the Sunshine Skyway bridge and the passes on either side of Egmont Key. Weather permitting, there may not be a better time to get in on the action. If you're looking for something better to eat, mangrove snapper have continued to cooperate inshore and off. Spend a little extra time, if needed, to gather some 3-inch whitebait; it'll be worth your while. A chum bag will often help gang up the mangos behind your boat. Cut slivers of fresh baitfish and the morsels escaping your bag work even better. …

  2. Remnants of Cindy expected to drench Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia (w/video)

    Hurricanes

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Forecasters expect remnants of Tropical Depression Cindy to drench parts of Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia Friday afternoon and evening, bringing heavy rainfall, possible flash flooding and higher river and lake levels through the weekend.  …

    Wth a rising tide, strong southerly winds from Tropical Depression Cindy lash the lakefront Thursday, June 22, 2017 in Mandeville, La. [David Grunfeld | NOLA.com The Times-Picayune via AP]
  3. U.S. exiting climate pact could imperil some small islands

    Environment

    WASHINGTON — To small island nations where the land juts just above the rising seas, the United States pulling out of the Paris global warming pact makes the future seem as fragile and built on hope as a sand castle.  …

    A large pile of rubbish made up of wrecked cars, washing machines and old fridges is stacked high to form a make-shift sea wall on Majuro Atoll in the Marshall Islands, where rising sees could become a problem.
  4. Selected readings from the left and from the right

    Columns

    We live in a partisan age, and our news habits can reinforce our own perspectives. Consider this an effort to broaden our collective outlook with essays beyond the range of our typical selections. From the left  …

  5. A weakening Cindy heads inland, spreading rain far and wide (w/video)

    Hurricanes

    NEW ORLEANS — Tropical Depression Cindy crept northward across Louisiana toward Arkansas after churning ashore as a tropical storm early Thursday, weakening steadily but still spreading heavy rain and thunderstorms over hundreds of miles of territory from east Texas through a broad swath of the Southeast. …

    Gulf Power employees repair a power pole that snapped, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. [Devon Ravine/Northwest Florida Daily News via AP]
  6. Looking Back: St. Petersburg does the Calypso with Jacques Cousteau (July 15, 1975)

    Celebrities

    This story appeared in the pages of the St. Petersburg Times on July 15, 1975. What follows is the text of the original story, interspersed with photos of the event taken by Times staff photographer Weaver Tripp. By Dick Bothwell Times staff writer …

    Jacques Cousteau (center), Sen. John T. Ware, R-St. Petersburg (left) and an unidentified man (right) speak to the media about potentially moving the Cousteau Society to the city of St. Petersburg.

TIMES | Weaver Tripp
  7. Official: Missouri boy fatally struck by log in Tropical Storm Cindy surge

    Hurricanes

    NEW ORLEANS — A sheriff's captain says a 10-year-old from Missouri boy has died on the Alabama coast after being fatally struck by a log washed in by storm surge from Tropical Storm Cindy. …

    Julie Plaisance, right, and Renee Davila take photos on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain as weather from Tropical Storm Cindy, in the Gulf of Mexico, impacts the region in New Orleans, Tuesday, June 20, 2017. [Associated Press]
  8. Scallop season begins July 1: What you need to know

    Outdoors

    There are many reasons to celebrate summer in Florida, and many others to curse it, but one of the best treats is the opening of scallop season. It begins July 1 in our area. There aren't many better ways to spend a day than snorkeling in the clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico while on the hunt for scallops.  …

  9. Oracle Team USA is racing the clock to find an edge

    Sports

    HAMILTON, Bermuda — Oracle Team USA is back in deep trouble in the America's Cup against Emirates Team New Zealand. And in contrast to last time in San Francisco, Oracle will not be able to call on the nautical knowledge of Ben Ainslie to bail it out. …

    In this photo provided by the America's Cup Event Authority, Emirates Team New Zealand, foreground right, competes with Oracle Team USA during Race 2 of the America's Cup match sailing competition, Sunday, June 18, 2017, in the Great Sound of Bermuda. (Gilles Martin-Raget/ACEA via AP) NY905
  10. Captain's Corner: Bait fry invasion shouldn't keep you off the water

    Outdoors

    Bait fry is invading the area flats, but good bait can still be found. Sometimes locating a flat without the fry can help you score usable-sized sardines; other times you get a pile of fry mixed with a few baits that have some size. Either way, the fish will eat all of it. One way to have fun with snook if you only have fry bait is to chum with it and deploy it under a cork using an ultralight setup. The smaller fish will eat the bait, and if a big one grabs it, your angling skills will be tested. Big threadfins on the range markers make for good cut bait. Once secured, put them directly on ice to keep the meat firm. Since the water is heating up, the fish are becoming lazy and would rather ease up to a meal than chase one down. This method works great when fishing the afternoon tides. Tarpon are hanging out at area bridges and chewing well on the outgoing tides at night. Large threadfins drifted into the shadow line can prove to be curtains for the bait. Chumming can bring the fish to you. Large soft plastic baits are great for sight-casting to the ones in the light and for a quick toss at a blowup.  …

  11. 'Game-changing' Crystal Lagoons subdivision, with 6-acre pool, coming to Wimauma

    Growth

    WIMAUMA — The first time Greg Singleton stood on the edge of a crystal lagoon, the view of clear, turquoise waters amazed him beyond expectations. …

    SouthShore Bay community in Wimauma will feature a 6-acre pool similar to this Crystal Lagoons project in Chile.
  12. Captain's Corner: A month of opportunity for anglers

    Outdoors

    This is the month of diverse opportunity. The choice of species is unlimited, as long as you have the bait. You can target snook and tarpon in the morning, then fish for Spanish mackerel, blue fish, snapper, shark and cobia in the afternoon. Hopefully tarpon don't move offshore to spawn after this full moon. The bite has defiantly slowed since the storm. There are still fish around, but they aren't eating that well. Crabs have been the bait of choice the first half of the day. Doing a drift on the outgoing afternoon tide is your best bet. Crabs or live threadfins work for your drift. If stalking these silver kings on the beach, you need to set up in front of the rolling fish and let them come to you. The same bait works for beach fishing. Snook have made their way toward coastal passes and adjacent beaches for their annual spawn. A number of big snook can be caught off the beaches. They will eat most anything you throw at them. They are holding close to the shoreline so make sure you fish parallel to the beach. If looking for constant action, move into the middle of the bay. Start around the shipping channel and markers. Spanish mackerel and sharks can be caught on almost every cast once you get them chummed up. …

  13. This week's best Tampa Bay concerts: Dierks Bentley, Diana Ross, Paul McCartney tribute

    Music

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    WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 22:  Popular music icon Diana Ross listens to President Barack Obama before being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House November 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama presented the medal to 19 living and two posthumous pioneers in science, sports, public service, human rights, politics and the arts.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
  14. At updated mall, Annie's Estate Liquidations has a little something for all tastes

    Business

    SPRING HILL — The freshly bright and spruced-up exterior at Towne Square Mall suggests better-yet offerings behind its doors: new and enthusiastic tenants, handsome and widely varied goods, plus an aura of friendly welcome at this community of retailers. …

    Estate purchases result in diverse goods, from an Asian umbrella holder to electric guitars and stylized baskets.
  15. Frank Fitzpatrick: Jimmy Piersall's strange, pioneering trip

    Ml

    Though it's not cited in any history book, I'm convinced the culture-bending 1960s began on June 23, 1963. That Sunday afternoon in New York's Polo Grounds, at the dawn of America's last innocent summer, a Mets outfielder took one giant leap for nonconformity. …

    Jimmy A. Piersall, outfielder for the Boston Red Sox at spring training on March 1, 1953.  (AP Photo/Harry Harris)
  16. FSU, Gators win their baseball Super Region openers

    Colleges

    TALLAHASSEE — Jackson Lueck had four hits, including the winner in the ninth inning, and four RBIs as Florida State rallied from a four-run second-inning deficit to defeat Sam Houston State 7-6 on Saturday in Game 1 of the Tallahassee Super Region.  …

    CHANGE OF HEART: Alabama coach Nick Saban, in the past a critic of satellite camps, visits USF and coach Charlie Strong.
  17. Captain's Corner: Arrival of bait fry brings mangrove snapper

    Outdoors

    Bait is still all over the flats and the new moon ushered in the first signs of bait fry. If netting bait on the flats be sure to have a quarter-inch mesh net. The upside of the fry arrival is the influx of mangrove snapper. Soon they will be on every bridge, rock pile and dock piling in the bay. Snook are chewing well on the incoming tide. Areas of good flow, like points and sand bar edges, are great to target — chum heavy at first to see if you're positioned right, if the fish pop out of range, ease into the area and quickly send out more chummers as a distraction while baiting up. Often the males will eat quickly and viciously. Keep an ear out for deeper pops and watch for fish just out of range slurping baits. Sometimes the big girls lay just out of range and pick up scraps rather than chase down a frisky bait. Many fish are around the passes and on the beaches this time of year. An artificial soft plastic shrimp is a great lure to toss and sunset.  …

  18. Captain's Corner: Windy conditions make inshore fishing better option

    Outdoors

    Wind and low pressure have brought moisture and made this tarpon season rough, but inshore fishing offers a great alternative for those west-wind days. As of late, we have caught plenty of snook on the outer flats, redfish schools are still hanging around and trout are biting in the 4- to 6-foot range on the flats. Fishing around the stronger tides increases your chances of a good day on the water, but the best time to go fishing is whenever you can. Greenbacks are the bait of choice, but I have had good success using cut threadfin herring, especially on slower tides. Pinfish also make for a great option for both live and cut bait. As we edge toward July, I look for the bay tarpon fishing to pick up, and mangrove snapper will invade the bay and make for some of my favorite fishing of the year. It's a great time of year to catch fish in Tampa Bay, so don't wait to get out on the water to enjoy what the bay has to offer. …

    Jason Prieto
  19. Editorial: Mayors fill leadership void on climate change

    Editorials

    President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord reflects how money overrides science and common sense in the modern Republican Party. Cowed by powerful conservative financial interests, few Republicans in Washington or Tallahassee are willing to talk candidly about climate change, much less invest in efforts to limit its impact. In Florida and elsewhere, mayors, city councils and more progressive business leaders are responsibly stepping up to fill the leadership void. …

    Certain neighborhoods in Miami Beach regularly experience flooding during heavy rains and extreme high tides.
  20. Captain's Corner: Fishing for tarpon at night

    Outdoors

    Seeing a 150-pound, head-shaking, chrome-plated, twisting hunk of "steel" coming out of the water is awesome. Few moments are more spectacular than nighttime tarpon fishing by the light of the moon. On full moon nights, tarpon sometimes seemingly go out of their way to track down an offering. But even on full moon nights, tarpon seldom flow nonstop and eat all night. Dialing in the most productive hours is key. While I've night-fished the moon on rock piles in the bay with success, the beach is my favorite. Stake out a stretch on the beach where you've observed rolling fish in the daylight, very often just outside the swim buoys. I like to anchor horizontal to the beach. I fish six rods. Throwing half my rods to the inside and the other half out allows more coverage. I load them with fresh dead shad and chum with chunks of the same. The hour and a half on both sides of a tide change can be most productive. …

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