Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Outdoors

Outdoors news and notes: Boca Grande tarpon documentary debuts, conservation fundraiser

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Documentary focuses on Boca Grande Tarpon

Boca Grande finally has a documentary about its world-class tarpon fishery. Rich History … Priceless Future — The Tarpon of Boca Grande Pass, will make its debut at the Mote Marine Laboratory's Immersion Theater in Sarasota at 6:30 tonight. The screening, part of the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit Community Film Festival, is hosted by the Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce. The event is open to the public but space is limited. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for children. Proceeds will provide funding for youth-driven ocean conservation projects planned by participants attending the summit. A free public screening will be held at the Boca Grande Community Center Auditorium at 4 p.m. Nov. 10. For information, call Lew Hastings at (941) 964-0568.

COnservation

Eat, drink and help a salt marsh

If you don't have the time to plant sea grass or build oyster bars to help Tampa Bay, you can do your share for conservation by attending Tampa Bay Watch's Evening for the Bay on Saturday. This casual event features live music, dinner from Bonefish Grill, complimentary beverages and one of the most spectacular sunsets in the state at the Tampa Bay Watch Marine Center in Tierra Verde. The theme this year is "Marsh Madness." Salt marsh communities are critically important habitats. Tampa Bay Watch's salt marsh planting projects have played a pivotal role in rebuilding local fisheries. Spartina alterniflora, also known as salt marsh or smooth cord grass, protects and stabilizes low-lying coastal areas. Tampa Bay's salt marshes have declined more than 80 percent during the past 100 years. But Tampa Bay Watch's restoration projects have helped reverse this trend, improving the quality of life for a variety of marine organisms. Tickets are $80 per person. Purchase online at tampabaywatch.org. Tampa Bay Watch members receive a discount on individual tickets. Call (727) 867-8166, extension 234 for more information.

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Comments

Captainís Corner: Seek clear water for bottom fishing as temperatures plummet

The great weather, calm seas and exceptional fishing we experienced at the end of November and beginning of December came to a screeching halt with the cold front that came through. Surface water temperatures plummeted from an unseasonable 71 degrees...
Published: 12/11/17
Updated: 12/12/17

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