Sunday, April 22, 2018
Outdoors

Outdoors news and notes: Center for Fishing hosts photo contest

Making news

Center for Fishing seeks great photos

The Florida Gulf Coast Center for Fishing and Interactive Museum is hosting a contest that will award prizes for "Best Historic Fishing Photo" and "Best Current Fishing Photo."

The Largo-based museum is housed in a 30,000-square-foot educational complex complete with an auditorium, classrooms, historical and marine art galleries, and an interactive fishing simulator area.

Contest submissions can be high-resolution digital or photo-paper copies. Participants should include their name, address, telephone number and a description (who, when, where, etc.). Photos can be sent via email to [email protected] or by mail or hand delivery to FGCCFF Photo Contest, 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo, FL 33778. The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. Sept. 11. All submissions will be retained by FGCCFF. Selected submissions may be viewed during the grand opening events Sept. 14-16.

Awards will include a lifetime membership to the Center for Fishing for the best photo in each category. The top 10 finalists will receive an annual membership. For more information, contact Jim Simons at [email protected]

FWC magazine free and online

Florida Wildlife, an official publication of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and one of the oldest and most prestigious outdoors magazines, is now free and online. The magazine, which has been published for more than 70 years, covers freshwater and saltwater fishing on both coasts. Check it out at floridawildlifemagazine.com.

Free fishing day

State officials have scheduled a free saltwater fishing day for Sept. 1. Anglers fishing bodies of saltwater won't need a license that day.

Tournaments

Conservation group hosts event

The Tampa chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association, one of the oldest and most active fishing organizations in Florida, will host the 28th annual All-Photo Catch and Release Challenge on Sept. 28-29. Entrants receive tackle, a tournament shirt and an annual CCA membership for the $100 entry fee. This year's event will target trout, redfish and snook. Tournament headquarters will be located at Tampa Bay Watch (3000 Pinellas Bay Way South) in Tierra Verde. Registration forms are available at TA Mahoney Co. Inc. (4990 East Adamo Drive, Tampa) or at ccaflorida.org on the Tampa chapter page.

Send news to [email protected]

Solunar chart

AM PM

Minor Major Minor Major

8/24 0 5:55 12:05 6:25

8/25 12:45 6:50 1:00 7:20

8/26 1:35 7:45 1:55 8:15

8/27 2:30 8:40 2:50 9:05

8/28 3:20 9:30 3:40 9:55

8/29 4:10 10:20 4:30 10:45

8/30 5:00 11:05 5:15 11:30

Comments

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

Captainís Corner: Offshore fishing heats up in spring

Spring is here and things are heating up offshore. Kingfish have arrived from Tarpon Springs to Anna Maria. Spanish mackerel are around many of the bridges and piers, and cobia have appeared on the wrecks. Our most interesting discovery last week was...
Published: 04/10/18
Updated: 04/11/18