Sunday, April 22, 2018
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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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Captainís Corner: Time nears for snook, tarpon out at the beaches

With summerlike air temperatures coming in the next couple of weeks, snook will be moving out to the beaches and tarpon will start cruising there. Itís my favorite time of year to fish. With snook on the beaches and passes, you would think their biol...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Captainís Corner: Variables are all that is constant when it comes to art of fishing

The unique variables and ever-changing conditions of fishing are what set it apart from most other sports. Basketball goals donít move, baseball diamonds are basically the same and tennis courts never change. Fishing, on the other hand, is constantly...
Published: 04/21/18

Captainís Corner: King mackerel the hot topic as gulf waters warm

King mackerel is always the hot topic this time of year, with tournaments every weekend for two months. Some believe that massive schools in the gulf migrate from their fall haunts in south Florida and the Keys to the north, with the larger females (...
Published: 04/18/18
Updated: 04/20/18
Captainís Corner: Trout moving toward the beaches

Captainís Corner: Trout moving toward the beaches

After significant winds from a front last week, things are calming down and fish are turning on again. Bait has gotten predictable and easier to chum on the flats after moving to deeper water during the front. Iíve been targeting trout at first light...
Published: 04/18/18
Updated: 04/19/18

Captainís Corner: Rush of warmer water in gulf heats up fishing on offshore reefs, wrecks

The rush of warmer water on our offshore reefs and wrecks in the Gulf of Mexico has brought with it a cadre of pelagic fish. Divers and anglers have enjoyed the influx of cobia, kingfish and more. The benthic (bottom) fish are splurging on the balls ...
Published: 04/17/18
Updated: 04/18/18

Captainís Corner: Spring bite is solid despite wacky weather

Bipolar weather continues to confuse both fish and anglers. Fortunately the water temperature has gotten high enough that the effects donít last long and the spring bite continues to be solid. Snook are still the hot bite in many areas around the bay...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Captainís Corner: Kingfish, sharks provide aerial displays

Fishing was good this past Saturday, ahead of the cold front. We fished close to shore about 2 miles. Our approach was simple. We anchored the boat, fished with live baits and chummed heavily. Kingfish action was nonstop for the entire morning. We ca...
Published: 04/16/18

Captainís Corner: Trolling or anchoring up, kingfish bite is hot

Are you looking for line-screaming action? Head offshore. The kingfish bite has been good, though high winds may require a wait for the water to clear. The best numbers have been about 5 miles out on the hard bottom. Trolling for kingfish works well;...
Published: 04/13/18
Updated: 04/15/18

Captainís Corner: Spring run is the most wonderful time of the year

The full spring run of all species in our area is in full swing. Whatever species you would like to target, inshore or offshore, is as good as it gets this time of year. Redfish schools have shown up in the flats around Pinellas Point, but they are i...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/13/18

Captainís Corner: Spanish mackerel, kingfish showing up in big numbers

They are here! Spanish mackerel and kingfish have shown up in the numbers expected of them at this time of year. All we have to hope for is weather that will allow us to get offshore. In most years the hot spots have been the artificial reefs, shipwr...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/12/18