Saturday, November 18, 2017
Outdoors

Outdoors news and notes: Be watchful of manatees, hiking day

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boaters beware, manatees are migrating

Cold fronts put manatees on the move looking for warmer water in places such as freshwater springs and canals near power plants, so state officials want boaters and anglers to be watchful.

Adult manatees, which can weigh up to 1,000 pounds, may look blubbery, but water temperatures of 68 degrees and lower can be harmful and even deadly to these marine mammals.

Because of the seasonal migration, November has been designated Manatee Awareness Month. In many areas of the state, seasonal manatee protection zones went into effect Thursday.

State law enforcement officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) want boaters to be aware of the slow zones and signs of manatees. Boaters should post a lookout on the bow to scan for repetitive swirl patterns, a mud trail, or a snout or fluke breaking the water's surface.

Boaters can also help these creatures by keeping to marked channels, wearing polarized sunglasses to improve vision in the water, obeying posted speeds, and using poles, paddles or trolling motors when traveling close to manatees. For a complete list of manatee regulations, go to www.flrules.org.

Take a hike

The weather is great this time of year, but if you still need an excuse to get outside, Saturday is National Take a Hike Day. To find a hiking trail near you, visit the Florida Greenways and Trails website at dep.state.fl.us/gwt/guide.

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

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11/18 9:20 3:15 10:05 3:45

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Comments

Captainís Corner: Snook bite remains aggressive

We are in the midst of prefrontal conditions, so there should be good fishing today. Bait seems to have moved on the last full moon and judging by the amount of bait fry that has filtered onto the flats, it spawned also. Load up the wells with the sm...
Published: 11/17/17

Captainís Corner: Calm seas closer to beaches rewards with kingfish

Strong east winds have made it challenging for offshore anglers. The first few miles are quite tolerable since the land buffers the shoreline. After that, sea conditions have been tougher. Anglers searching for kingfish have been rewarded with calm s...
Published: 11/16/17

Captainís Corner: A little wind doesnít stop hot fishing in November

Despite many windy days, November fishing has been amazing. The water is cooling off, and the fish are becoming more aggressive. Itís getting to be the time of year when the cold fronts start to make their way out of the north. When this happens, win...
Published: 11/15/17

Captainís Corner: Fly fishing success possible, even in wind

When your day to fly fish arrives, do you hope for a day without wind? Knowledgeable fly fishers know there are many ways to deal with different wind situations. Avoid open water, and select an area that offers protection. Stay close to shore and use...
Published: 11/12/17
Updated: 11/14/17

Captainís Corner: Low tides and cold fronts make for rewarding fishing

Fall and winter low tides combined with cold fronts passing through can lead to highly rewarding fishing. It takes winds blowing 20-plus miles an hour out of the northeast combined with an astronomical low tide around the new moon and full moon phase...
Published: 11/12/17
Updated: 11/13/17

Captainís Corner: Reef fish abundant offshore; mackerel, kings better near shore

Before this recent cold front, we were able to travel where we wanted, and the calm seas allowed us to make the mistake of running past the best depths for our type of fishing. The 40- to 50-foot depths produced almost nonstop action from reef fish, ...
Published: 11/12/17
Captainís Corner: Mackerel still going strong in bay area

Captainís Corner: Mackerel still going strong in bay area

The fall king mackerel run is still going strong. The fish have seemed to come in waves; one week there are numerous fish more than 30 pounds, and a week or two later no one can find any more than 20. It also seems the fish are not moving south all t...
Published: 11/11/17

Captainís Corner: Cold front should push fish into backcountry waters

The approaching front is forecast to drop temperatures for a couple of days. This should push more fish into the backcountry rivers and creeks that feed the bay. Once the front passes and the weather stabilizes, fishing should return to normal. This ...
Published: 11/10/17

Captainís Corner: Kingfish domination

With calm seas and water temperature just the way they like it, kingfish will dominate much of the nearshore and offshore activity. Light wind and strong tides from the weekendís full moon have allowed nearshore waters to cleanse, so baits are being ...
Published: 11/08/17
Captainís Corner: November means strong snook fishing

Captainís Corner: November means strong snook fishing

November is the month that moves most inshore fish from the flats to the backcountry creeks, docks and rivers. Itís a month when you can enjoy great weather and great fishing without waking up at the crack of dawn. The South Shore in particular has s...
Published: 11/07/17
Updated: 11/09/17