Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Outdoors

Captain’s Corner: Speckled sea trout can be easily caught on artificial lures

Speckled sea trout are one of the most reliable targets this time of year. Grass flats are usually empty because of extreme low tides. That causes higher concentrations of fish on the edges and in the deeper grass flats. No live bait is needed. A red quarter-ounce jig head with eyes painted on rigged with a soft plastic tail is my favorite. A heavier jig sinks too fast, and a lighter jig cannot cast as far. My choice of colors for tails are root beer, white and chartreuse. The tail can be a shrimp look≠alike, eel type, paddletail grub or minnow type with a swimming tail. Trout like to shake their heads vigorously out of the water when hooked, so use fast-acting glue to keep the tail in place. Topwater plugs are my next favorite.

Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit captainrobgorta.com.

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Captainís Corner: Trout fishing is going strong

Over the past three weeks my charters have experienced the best trout fishing Iíve seen since before the Red Tide outbreak of 2005. Our fish have had a solid average of 16-20 inches, with a few coming in at 21 inches or better. All have been released...
Published: 10/20/18
Updated: 10/21/18

Captainís Corner: Oxygen system for bait well proves major benefit for anglers

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Published: 10/19/18
Updated: 10/20/18

Captainís Corner: Fishing remains consistent as summer temperatures linger

Summer is lingering in West Florida. Elevated temperatures are also allowing Red Tide blooms to persist, although very patchy to nonexistent along the North Pinellas coast. Fishing has been consistent this past week, even through a weak moon phase. B...
Published: 10/18/18
Updated: 10/19/18

Captainís Corner: Stone crab season starts off strong

Stone Crab season opened Monday and initial results are good. The availability of healthy and big stone crabs seems to be better this year than this time last year. The big difference, so far, has been the larger concentrations of egg-bearing female ...
Published: 10/18/18
Letís Take It Outside: A hiking trip on Ďanother planetí

Letís Take It Outside: A hiking trip on Ďanother planetí

New Mexico is full of history, culture and amazing outdoor adventures. My Farmington, N.M., adventure started with hiking in the 45,000-acre Bisti Wilderness featuring rolling badlands.Itís like being transported to another planet. To cool off, try h...
Published: 10/17/18
Updated: 10/19/18
Letís Take It Outside: A hiking trip on Ďanother planetí

Letís Take It Outside: A hiking trip on Ďanother planetí

New Mexico is full of history, culture and amazing outdoor adventures. My Farmington, N.M., adventure started with hiking in the 45,000-acre Bisti Wilderness featuring rolling badlands.Itís like being transported to another planet. To cool off, try h...
Published: 10/17/18

Captainís Corner: Plenty of trout, albeit small, still around after hurricane

Hurricane Michael and the first front shook things up a bit. Trout have been around but on the smallish side. Though small, theyíre rod-bending fun for kids and novice anglers. I generally run a 40-pound leader and a long shank hook this time of year...
Published: 10/16/18
Updated: 10/17/18

Captainís Corner: We need cooler water, and fast

Warm waters in the gulf remain a nuisance for anglers. We are ready for cooler temperatures. Normally, the high is 81 degrees at this time. Even with shorter days, revealing less hours of sunlight, itís not the case. This is probably one of the worst...
Published: 10/16/18

Captainís Corner: Water clearing up, and remaining warm

The water is finally starting to clear back up after the blow from the hurricane. I am not seeing any signs of Red Tide from Pass-a-Grille South and throughout the Fort De Soto area. It looks like we will stay in our summer-like pattern for at least ...
Published: 10/15/18

Captainís Corner: Trap tips to help maximize catch

Nowadays most offshore charter operators use pinfish traps on a regular basis. When minnow baits are hard to find, or during winter, many inshore guides use them as well. The traps are baited the evening before the fishing trip and retrieved on the w...
Published: 10/11/18