Sunday, May 27, 2018
Outdoors

Outdoors news and notes: Hunting seasons, paddleboard racing, outdoors workshop for women

Making news

Open Dates for upcoming hunt seasons are out

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recently announced the 2012-2013 hunting seasons. Most of Pasco, Hillsborough, Polk, Hernando and Sumter counties fall within Zone B. The immediate areas surrounding Zone B, to the east, north and south are considered Zone C. The dates for the major seasons (Zone B listed first): Archery — Oct. 13-Nov. 11 and Sept. 15-Oct. 14; muzzleloading gun — Nov. 17-30 and Oct. 20-Nov. 2; general gun — Dec. 1-Feb. 17 and Nov. 3-Jan. 20; fall turkey — Dec. 1-Jan. 27 and Nov. 3-Dec. 30; quail — Nov. 10-March 3 (zones B and C); youth spring turkey hunt — March 9-10 (zones B, C and D); spring turkey — March 16-April 21 (zones B and C). For more information, go to MyFWC.com.

Paddlers navigate Molokai crossing

St. Petersburg's Patrick Klemawesch finished the 32-mile Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championship race in 5 hours, 42 minutes (48th overall). The crossing of the Molokai Channel in Hawaii features regular swells of more than 12 feet in height.

This year, a Tampa Bay contingent led by Klemawesch and instructor Christian Cook joined hundreds of the world's top paddleboarders.

"Everything lined up right with the team, equipment, conditions and dreams of an incredible Molokai crossing for 2012," Cook wrote in an email. "But seasickness took a hold of me a few miles and it just got more intense from there."

Cook couldn't keep any fluids down, and he and relay teammates Kacie Wallace and Marc Shen had to pull out halfway across. Another local relay — Dana Hart, Chad White and Shane White — "rocked a solid paddle," Cook wrote, finishing in about 6 1/2 hours for 76th overall. St. Petersburg's Eric Shamas was 71st on a prone paddleboard.

Things to do

A woman-friendly outdoors workshop

Women looking to hone their outdoors skills can take the FWC's Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop, a three-day, hands-on adventure scheduled for Oct. 19-21 at the Everglades Youth Camp near West Palm Beach. Topics covered include canoeing and kayaking, camping, backpacking and photography. The cost is $200. Half-price slots are available for low-income participants, single parents and college students attending for the first time. There's a $50 discount for those who register by Sept. 19. The event is limited to the first 100 to register. To register, visit MyFWC.com/BOW or call Lynne Hawk at (561) 625-5122.

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Comments

Captainís Corner: Redfish bite strong on afternoon high tide

Early morning stops at jetty rock piles have produced excellent action for a variety of species. Snook, redfish and trout are the targets. Free-lining live pilchards against the rocks at the strong part of the tide is your best opportunity for snook,...
Published: 05/25/18
Updated: 05/26/18
Captainís Corner: Swimmer crabs attract big permit

Captainís Corner: Swimmer crabs attract big permit

The outgoing tides of last weekendís new moon washed thousands of small swimmer crabs, known locally as "pass crabs," out of the estuaries and into the gulf. This suddenly abundant food source offshore works as a natural chum line and draws big permi...
Published: 05/22/18
Updated: 05/23/18

Speckled trout are our most prevalent species around the bay area. They spawn year-round, so their numbers are sustained. They are a flourishing species. For sport, trout are easier to catch than almost everything else we have in the Gulf of Mexico. ...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Captainís Corner: With full moon, tarpon are on the move

With the full moon this next week tarpon are moving down the beaches and making their way out of the bay and moving out to the bridges and the passes to feed before some of them leave to go out and spawn on the full moon. Early in the morning along t...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Captainís Corner: Cloudier water improves the bite

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Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/21/18

Captainís Corner: Red grouper fishing continues to be good

Red grouper fishing continues to be steady in depths of 100-120 feet. Large bait stacks are holding a fish or two, but larger concentrations are on very small rolls and potholes in those depths. Zooming in on the bottom 10-15 feet of the water column...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/20/18

Captainís Corner: Catching a giant cobia

Cobia is the topic this week. Capt. Tom Markham, aboard the Simply Hooked, was beginning his daily bait routine. It turned out that one of the markers located near Clearwater Pass, surprisingly, had a giant fish waiting for him. The captain slid up t...
Published: 05/16/18

Captainís Corner: Tarpon showing up on beaches, bridges

This week shouldnít be a total wash out. While there is a chance of rain every day, it should only be sporadic. Hopefully it wonít dirty up the water too much. If you are a tarpon fisherman and look forward to their arrival like I do, then you are in...
Published: 05/14/18
Updated: 05/15/18

Captainís Corner: This is best time of year for bay area fishing

Itís the best time of year for fishing in the area. Tarpon can be targeted off of any of the bridges. The Gandy, Howard Frankland and Skyway are my top choices. While awaiting a tarpon strike, I kill time by dropping smaller baits for Spanish mackere...
Published: 05/13/18

Captainís Corner: Change tactics for fly fishing success

Most fly fishers would prefer minimum wind and cloudless skies to increase chances for a banner day. This has been a problem lately. The wind makes casting more difficult, unless very experienced, and clouds interfere with sight casting opportunities...
Published: 05/11/18
Updated: 05/14/18