Sunday, June 24, 2018
Outdoors

Outdoors news and notes: Guy Harvey film fest, volunteers needed for reef project

Making news

Artist's Films begin 3-week run tonight

Marine artist Guy Harvey, known for his iconic fishing T-shirts, is a filmmaker as well. You can see his latest documentaries at the Florida Gulf Coast Center for Fishing (12211 Walsingham Rd., Largo) over three consecutive Fridays beginning at 7 tonight with Mystery of the Grouper Moon. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. The series continues Oct. 12 with Sharks: This Is Your Ocean and Oct. 19, Portrait's From the Deep. For information, go to centerforfishing.org.

Volunteers

Shovel up a reef

Tampa Bay Watch is building a new oyster shell reef at the Schultz Nature Preserve in Riverview. The group needs 80 volunteers to shovel fossilized oyster shells into mesh bags to create a bar off the shoreline Thursday and Friday. To volunteer, call Rachel Arndt at (727) 867-8166, ext. 233, or go to tampabaywatch.org.

Fishing

Some fish, some prefer pampering

The Hooked on Hope annual Inshore Fishing Tournament on Oct. 12-13 will benefit the USF Breast Health Program. While anglers are out fishing, the event also hosts a "Pamper Party," where breast cancer fighters and survivors are treated to a day of hair styling, manicures, pedicures, massages, yoga, makeup and facials. Individuals can sponsor a breast cancer patient or survivor for the party for a $100 donation. Go to hookedonhope.org.

Clarification: The Scholastic Clay Target Program Olympic Style National Championships was abbreviated in an item last week.

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Captainís Corner: Cool off, bring home a tasty dinner with scalloping

Whatís the best way to cool off in July and August? Go scalloping. Itís like going on an underwater Easter egg hunt that results in a bag of tasty scallops to cook up. The most popular places to scallop are in Homosassa and Steinhatchee in 2 feet of ...
Published: 06/21/18
Updated: 06/22/18

Captainís Corner: Size of sea trout a welcome surprise in Pinellas grass beds

A nice surprise has been the quality size of the spotted sea trout on deeper grass beds in southern Pinellas. Typically, summertime trout tend to run smaller than the 16- to 20-inch trout weíve been finding. Fishing the deep grass with scattered sand...
Published: 06/21/18

Captainís Corner: Offshore fishing will be strong for awhile

June and July offer some of the yearís best offshore fishing. Targets such as red snapper, blackfin tuna, mahi≠mahi, wahoo and sailfish make their way through our area and make appearances on many trips to depths of 120 feet or more. Red snapper are ...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/20/18

Captainís Corner: Itís a good time to focus on snook

Snook have been a main focus on my most recent trips. This time of year, snook inhabit the beaches, gathering in the ditches and swashes along shore. Jetties or rock structures are also a favorite habitat for snook to lurk, looking to ambush bait fis...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18

Captainís Corner: Tips on targeting American Red Snapper

American Red Snapper (ARS) season opened a few days ago and some types of bottom are holding bigger schools of ARS then other bottom types. The hard bottom areas that most fishermen prefer are holding large schools of ARS, but the fish have yet to m...
Published: 06/18/18

Captainís Corner: Trout bite at its best

The trout bite has been the best Iíve seen all year. Fish up to 26 inches have been common recently. Fish are sitting on the flatsí deeper edges, where the water is deeper and cooler, and moves a little more swiftly. Live sardines and hard plastic ba...
Published: 06/16/18
Updated: 06/17/18

Captainís Corner: Fishing this month is all about diversity

This is the month of diverse opportunity. The choice of species is unlimited, as long as you have the bait. You can target snook and tarpon in the morning, then fish for Spanish mackerel, bluefish, snapper, sharks and cobia in the afternoon. The tarp...
Published: 06/15/18

Captainís Corner: When itís tarpon time, itís also shark time

Tarpon get most of the attention when talking about exciting fly action for large fish in our area. Baitfish are more prolific, and large tarpon follow their forage and populate most of our local waters. Following them are fish that consider tarpon t...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/14/18

Captainís Corner: This is your best time for tarpon fishing

Now is the best time to target tarpon. Silver kings are cruising the beaches on their yearly migration up and down the stateís west coast. This weekís strong new moon tides and the strong full moon tides in two weeks provide some of the best action f...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/13/18

Captainís Corner: Turn attention to gag grouper and red snapper

Attention has turned to gag grouper and red snapper for many offshore fishermen. Red snapper can be best targeted in waters 105 feet and deeper, with some available in water as shallow as 60 feet. Although the snapper will be found on high profile st...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/12/18