Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Outdoors

Outdoors news and notes: Center for Fishing hosts photo contest

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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.

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Comments

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

Captainís Corner: Donít have to go far offshore for grouper

When most anglers think of bottom fishing for grouper, they usually think that means taking a long run offshore. During late November and early December, grouper migrate close to shore, so a long run might not be necessary. There are times we target ...
Published: 11/28/17
Updated: 11/29/17