Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Outdoors

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

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.

Solunar Chart

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4/16 2:45 8:45 2:55 9:10

4/17 3:15 9:25 3:35 9:45

4/18 4:00 10:05 4:15 10:25

4/19 4:40 10:45 4:55 11:05

Terry Tomalin, Outdoors Editor

Comments

Captainís Corner: We need warmer weather to improve fishing

With the water temperature, still in the mid to upper 50s and the cooler winter nights, the fishing is in a not-so-good place. We need those mid to upper 70s during the days to get fishing back on track. The best places you might want to look for are...
Published: 01/21/18
Updated: 01/22/18

Captainís Corner: Bundle up and head out to the bay for bass, sheepshead

The water is cold, but that doesnít mean that fishing is over for the winter. There are still target species available that are fun to catch and will provide a fresh meal. Friday, we left the docks a little later than normal to give the sun a chance ...
Published: 01/20/18
Updated: 01/21/18

Captainís Corner: Live baits outperforming artificials

Amberjack have been the hot topic in the area since their season opened Jan. 1. Anglers have been targeting wrecks and other large structures in depths of 80-120 feet for these tackle-testing monsters. Although amberjack are caught on a wide variety ...
Published: 01/19/18
Updated: 01/20/18

Captainís Corner: What to expect from fish coming out of the cold spell

Extreme cold has brought backcountry water temperatures down. As in years past, extreme dips have shocked many fish, especially snook, which take the biggest hit and become extremely lethargic and often near death. Luckily the cold wonít be long, and...
Published: 01/19/18

Captainís Corner: Divers, anglers going after amberjack

Over the past two weeks divers and anglers have been in search of amberjack. The season opened Jan. 1 and ends Jan. 27. The short season for gulf amberjack has pushed many divers and anglers to venture offshore, even in questionable weather. Donít fo...
Published: 01/18/18

Captainís Corner: Cold weather brings different but effective fishing styles

This past week has seen a variety of different fishing styles prove effective. Fishing for trout in deeper depressions with live shrimp has provided steady action. Rig as follows: Use a ?-ounce jighead, grab a shrimp from the well and pinch the tail ...
Published: 01/17/18

Captainís Corner: Devise a strategy before heading out into the cold

The quality of fishing this month depends on how many cold fronts are in our future. When the water creeps down below 60 degrees, many fish will slow their metabolism in order to survive. They require less food than in the warmer months, making some ...
Published: 01/16/18

Captainís Corner: Make sure the fly gets in front of a hungry fish

Back-to-back winter cold fronts not only confuse inshore fish but the fly fishers who pursue them. The most perfectly tied fly is not effective unless it is in front of a fish that is anxious to eat it. The best daytime tides, very low early and inco...
Published: 01/12/18
Updated: 01/14/18

Captainís Corner: Cold, windy days just fine for trout fishing

Trout have been my most productive target during the start of this new year. Winter cold fronts and cold water are making conditions difficult to target snook and reds. Strong winds from passing fronts make it hard to work the shallow-water flats. Th...
Published: 01/12/18
Updated: 01/13/18

Captainís Corner: Cold driving out kings, but there are alternatives

Mother Nature gives and she takes away. Nature gave us warm water and great king fishing until Dec. 31. She ushered in the new year with a severe cold front with high winds and rough seas that kept us in port every day. The cold air and overcast skie...
Published: 01/11/18
Updated: 01/12/18