Outdoors

Capt. Dave Walker caught this bluefish in Tampa Bay. These fish venture into the bay during the cooler fall months.TERRY TOMALIN | Times

Bluefish, an overlooked visitor

I was drifting the grass flats on a fine spring morning, but my fishing hook just wouldn't stay attached to the leader. It seemed like every time a baitfish hit the water, some swift, silent predator would swim by and slice the line. My first guess was Spanish mackerel. After all, 'twas the season. But even a haple …

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Segway tour rolls through the prairie

Segway tour rolls through the prairie

LAKE KISSIMMEE STATE PARK — Jeff Futch promised I would not knock my teeth out. "There's nothing to it," he said, rocking back and forth on his all-terrain Segway. "Even you could do …

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Beach work betters Tampa Bay estuary for fish

Beach work betters Tampa Bay estuary for fish

FORT DE SOTO — Jim Wilson is a big-picture kind of guy. "If you plant sea oats," he said, "you protect the dunes. If you protect the dunes, you protect the bay … and that's where …

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