Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Outdoors

News and notes: Fly-fishing, grunts and compass

Making News

Club can speed Fly-fishing learning curve

If you're looking for an entertaining sport that will keep you frustrated for life don't play golf, pick up a fly rod. Saltwater fly-fishing can take decades to master, but you can fast-track your education by joining a fly-fishing club. The Tampa Bay Fly Fishing Club will hold its annual banquet March 30 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Hunter's Green Country Club in Tampa. To learn more, call Walt Durkin (813) 476-7128.

Get a bearing

Test your skill with a map and compass at the Suncoast Orienteering Championships on March 22 at Fort De Soto County Park. Organizers will set up five standard courses: yellow (novice), orange (intermediate), green (short advanced) red and blue (longer advanced). Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female individuals on each course. Entry fees: $6 for Florida Orienteering members; $10 for others to help cover park special events fees. For information, contact Gord Hunter at [email protected]

Where grunts become king

White grunts are one of the most underappreciated fish in the Gulf of Mexico. People love to catch grouper and snapper, but these bottom dwellers rival both species as table fare and can be caught by just about any angler, regardless of skill level. On March 22, anglers of all ages can target these benthic predators, relatives of the pigfish and tomtate, in the annual Great American Grunt Hunt. The captains party is March 20 at 7 p.m. at the Madeira Beach Municipal Marina. Call (727) 216-6601 or go to [email protected]

Send news to Terry Tomalin at [email protected] or call (727) 893-8808.

Comments

Captainís Corner: Sheepshead action lively in cooler weather

Conditions after the cold front are cool and are going to be for a while. That doesnít mean you canít or shouldnít fish. Many anglers get stuck on snook, reds and trout and forget how fun it is to catch sheepshead. Many reefs are already holding good...
Published: 12/09/17
Updated: 12/10/17

Captainís Corner: Fishing will return to normal, but when?

The severity of this cold front will determine the fishing forecast for the next several days. Bait that had been abundant inshore will scatter. Nearshore gulf waters will muddy, and water temperatures. at least temporarily. will plummet. How cold, h...
Published: 12/08/17
Captainís Corner: Planning around fronts can lead to productive days

Captainís Corner: Planning around fronts can lead to productive days

I canít believe we are in the last month of the year. And while this is one of my favorite months to fish, it will be controlled by weather. As cold fronts become more frequent and harsh, planning your trips around them will make the biggest differen...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/09/17

Captainís Corner: Strong results for redfish, speckled trout

This is a great time for variety. Combined trips for speckled trout and redfish are achieving excellent results. With the correct approach, great catches of both species are a reality now. The best anglers use the lightest tackle. Light rods and reel...
Published: 12/05/17
Updated: 12/07/17

Captainís Corner: Take advantage of abundant gag grouper before season ends

Gag grouper fishing and spearing is hot. The season for these grouper in the Gulf of Mexico is winding down, with a slated closure at the end of this month. The cooler water has the gags moving closer, and they are happy when the bottom temperatures ...
Published: 12/05/17

Captainís Corner: Bait schools near shore drawing kings, mackerel, bonito

Nearshore fishing is still going strong in north Pinellas. Bait schools are roaming just a couple of miles offshore, attracting kingfish, Spanish mackerel and bonito. The beaches are still holding sardines for cast netting at sunrise. I like to have ...
Published: 12/03/17
Updated: 12/05/17

Captainís Corner: This is the month to target gag grouper

With our current regulations in the Gulf, this is the best month to target gag grouper. Although the gag grouper season opens in June they are hard to come by for most months unless anglers travel to depths of 240 feet or more. With each passing cold...
Published: 12/03/17
Updated: 12/04/17

Captainís 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...
Published: 12/01/17

Captainís Corner: Cooler weather lures decent gag grouper

Mild temperatures have allowed anglers to get out and explore many areas. Cooler weather has lured decent gag grouper. We expected them to arrive in the past month, and they havenít disappointed. Numerous rocks in 20- to 120-foot depths seem to be ho...
Published: 11/30/17

Captainís Corner: Donít have to go far offshore for grouper

When most anglers think of bottom fishing for grouper, they usually think that means taking a long run offshore. During late November and early December, grouper migrate close to shore, so a long run might not be necessary. There are times we target ...
Published: 11/28/17
Updated: 11/29/17