Saturday, November 18, 2017
Outdoors

Outdoors news and notes: Fishing advocacy group to hold annual benefit; Clearwater duo raising funds toward Olympic venture

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Making news

Tampa chapter of CCA to hold annual benefit

Over the past three decades, the Coastal Conservation Association has been a leading voice in the fight to preserve redfish, trout and snook. From the net ban to the grouper wars the CCA has battled for sportsmen's rights. The Tampa chapter of the state's leading fishing advocacy group is hosting its annual banquet beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the T. Pepin Hospitality Centre. Tickets are $125 per person or $175 per couple, and the event includes an auction and a shot at one of more than 20 charter trips. Call (813) 758-7437 or go to ccaflorida.org.

Boating

Read the skies

If you see thunderclouds 9 miles offshore, should you head for port? Get the answer to this question and many more at the St. Petersburg Sail & Power Squadron's Onboard Weather Forecasting class. Participants will learn how weather systems work so you can stay safe on the water. The two-hour class begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at the St. Petersburg Sailing Center (250 2nd Ave. SE). The cost is $30 per family, and preregistration is required. Go to boating-stpete.org.

Introductory class set up for women

The Tampa Harbour, in conjunction with MarineMax Clearwater, will offer a free introduction to boating class designed for women. The class, which is open to everyone, even non-boaters, is from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at 5200 W Tyson Ave., Tampa, and covers rules on the water, basic navigation, knot tying and other skills. Registration is required. Contact Michele Stewart at (727) 536-2628 or [email protected]

Sailing

Raileys on roll

Clearwater's Zach Railey won a silver medal at the Princess Sofia Trophy Regatta April 2-7 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. The event, the third stop on the International Sailing Federation World Cup series, featured 10 Olympic classes. Railey's sister, Paige Railey, finished 11th in Laser Radial. The sailors are 2012 Olympians and hosting a fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. April 20 at the Downtown Harborview Center in Clearwater. Reservations are required. Call (727) 430-5594 or go to Clearwater Olympians.org.

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Terry Tomalin, Outdoors Editor

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