Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Captain's Corner

Captain's Corner: Divers finding plenty of sheepshead, mangrove snapper and gag grouper

What's hot: Divers are still seeing big sheepsheads on the ledges out to about 70 feet of water. They're in shallower water north of Pinellas County. Also occupying the ledges are nice mangrove snapper. The hot topic with divers remains the large quantities of gag grouper on almost every ledge from 30 to 100 feet.

Grouper rules: The closed season in federal and state waters for red grouper, black grouper and scamp ends March 31. The federal interim rule closure for gag grouper stays in effect until mid summer, and the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Council might continue the closure for all of 2011. Gag grouper in state waters is open after March 31 but still closed in federal waters. For Florida regulations, go to

Tournament: The fifth annual Tampa Bay Spearfishing Challenge is a favorite of many who spearfish because prizes are randomly distributed and not determined by placement. Spearing begins April 9, the weigh-in and awards are April 10 at the WingHouse in Pinellas Park starting at 10:30 a.m. Go to for information.

Bill Hardman teaches scuba, spearfishing and free diving through Aquatic Obsessions Scuba in St. Petersburg and can be reached at or (727) 344-3483.

Captain's Corner: Divers finding plenty of sheepshead, mangrove snapper and gag grouper 03/25/11 [Last modified: Friday, March 25, 2011 9:28pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Urban Meyer says the Big Ten is now the equal of the SEC


    CHICAGO — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer doesn't just believe the Big Ten has closed the gap with the more heralded SEC. He is convinced the race is a dead heat already.

    Ohio State’s Urban Meyer says the Big Ten East is as strong as the SEC East was when he coached UF to two national titles.
  2. USF opens preseason workouts with defensive improvement a priority


    TAMPA — To prevent preseason wear on his three normal practice fields, new USF coach Charlie Strong is staging the first phase of the 2017 preseason on the fields used by the original Bulls two decades ago.

  3. Spieth has suddenly made the PGA Championship a lot more interesting


    SOUTHPORT, England — Now that the PGA Championship in Charlotte next month has gone from a big deal to a big-big deal because of Jordan Spieth, there is no telling where he might lead us. On Sunday, of course, he led us way up a dune.

    Jordan Spieth celebrates an eagle during his U.S. Open victory.
  4. In Twitter rant, Bucs' Gerald McCoy says he's unappreciated


    Gerald McCoy is feeling underappreciated again. He says somebody has crossed the line this time. He's speaking out and suggesting he might be gone "soon enough" from Tampa Bay.

    Photo Illustration RON BORRESEN   |   Photo by LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times 
Gerald McCoy may be upset that Ronde Barber said a defensive leader “has to have a huge personality’’ like Warren Sapp’s. Monday, Barber walked that back.
  5. Rays' Evan Longoria: "We have all the belief in the world in here"


    The weekend sweep by Texas and four-game overall losing streak has some Rays fans - based on their tweets and emails - questioning the team's ability to make the playoffs and suggesting they might as well trade away their key parts.