Monday, May 28, 2018
Outdoors

Outdoors: Free fishing tourney, gag season dates, FWC agenda

Making news

free fishing Tournament for dad outing

Give dad a present he will remember this Father's Day. Sign the old man up for the 102.5 The Bone Fishing Slam on June 15. Anglers can sign up for free until Monday but after that the registration goes up to $195 per boat. This family-friendly event features more than a dozen inshore and offshore species, as well as special prizes for biggest pinfish and blue runner. The weigh-in starts at 4 p.m. at the Madeira Beach ball fields (200 Rex Place). The captains' meeting, set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, will feature a live broadcast of the Cowhead Show. Go to oldsaltfishing.org.

Gag season set

The recreational season for gag grouper in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico (starting 9 miles offshore) will open July 1 and close Dec. 3, according the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The dates will apply to most state waters as well, except for four counties in north Florida that are open from April 1 through June 30.

FWC's busy agenda

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will meet Tuesday-Thursday in Lakeland to discuss giving tarpon and bonefish catch-and-release only status. Commissioners will also discuss new gear rules for Boca Grande Pass, and they will consider whether to reopen the snook fishery in the gulf Sept. 1.

Free fishing day

The FWC has scheduled another free fishing day, this one in freshwater, for Saturday.

Solunar chart

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6/7 5:05 11:10 5:20 11:30

6/8 5:45 11:50 6:00 0

6/9 6:30 12:15 6:55 12:45

6/10 7:25 1:10 7:50 1:35

6/11 8:10 2:00 8:40 2:25

6/12 9:00 2:50 9:30 3:15

6/13 9:50 3:40 10:20 4:05

Comments

Captainís Corner: Redfish bite strong on afternoon high tide

Early morning stops at jetty rock piles have produced excellent action for a variety of species. Snook, redfish and trout are the targets. Free-lining live pilchards against the rocks at the strong part of the tide is your best opportunity for snook,...
Published: 05/25/18
Updated: 05/26/18

Captainís Corner: Early risers will be rewarded

This time of year is perfect for early risers who love to fly fish. Pods of snook are within a few feet of the sand in the trough along most beaches. Though the season is closed, catch-and-release opportunities have never been better. A large female ...
Published: 05/24/18
Updated: 05/27/18
Captainís Corner: Swimmer crabs attract big permit

Captainís Corner: Swimmer crabs attract big permit

The outgoing tides of last weekendís new moon washed thousands of small swimmer crabs, known locally as "pass crabs," out of the estuaries and into the gulf. This suddenly abundant food source offshore works as a natural chum line and draws big permi...
Published: 05/22/18
Updated: 05/23/18

Speckled trout are our most prevalent species around the bay area. They spawn year-round, so their numbers are sustained. They are a flourishing species. For sport, trout are easier to catch than almost everything else we have in the Gulf of Mexico. ...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Captainís Corner: With full moon, tarpon are on the move

With the full moon this next week tarpon are moving down the beaches and making their way out of the bay and moving out to the bridges and the passes to feed before some of them leave to go out and spawn on the full moon. Early in the morning along t...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Captainís Corner: Cloudier water improves the bite

Windy conditions this week have actually slightly improved fishing. The waters of Saint Joseph sound had become so clear that it made finding fish easy, but getting bites very difficult. Snook have been gathering in great numbers all along the beache...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/21/18

Captainís Corner: Red grouper fishing continues to be good

Red grouper fishing continues to be steady in depths of 100-120 feet. Large bait stacks are holding a fish or two, but larger concentrations are on very small rolls and potholes in those depths. Zooming in on the bottom 10-15 feet of the water column...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/20/18

Captainís Corner: Catching a giant cobia

Cobia is the topic this week. Capt. Tom Markham, aboard the Simply Hooked, was beginning his daily bait routine. It turned out that one of the markers located near Clearwater Pass, surprisingly, had a giant fish waiting for him. The captain slid up t...
Published: 05/16/18

Captainís Corner: Tarpon showing up on beaches, bridges

This week shouldnít be a total wash out. While there is a chance of rain every day, it should only be sporadic. Hopefully it wonít dirty up the water too much. If you are a tarpon fisherman and look forward to their arrival like I do, then you are in...
Published: 05/14/18
Updated: 05/15/18

Captainís Corner: This is best time of year for bay area fishing

Itís the best time of year for fishing in the area. Tarpon can be targeted off of any of the bridges. The Gandy, Howard Frankland and Skyway are my top choices. While awaiting a tarpon strike, I kill time by dropping smaller baits for Spanish mackere...
Published: 05/13/18