Thursday, December 14, 2017
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: Drop in gulf water temperature means itís sea trout time

The gulf temperature has dropped significantly since our first real cold front last week. One day the water was in the mid 70s, then after the front, it fell to the low 60s. That caused speckled sea trout to become a reliable target. Redfish have bee...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Captainís Corner: Good time for shallow-water flats fishing

Shallow-water flats fishing can be very exciting this time of year. Trout and redfish are available in good numbers, and the opportunities to catch some gator trout have made recent trips very rewarding. Some of the largest trout have been in very sk...
Published: 12/11/17
Updated: 12/13/17

Captainís Corner: Seek clear water for bottom fishing as temperatures plummet

The great weather, calm seas and exceptional fishing we experienced at the end of November and beginning of December came to a screeching halt with the cold front that came through. Surface water temperatures plummeted from an unseasonable 71 degrees...
Published: 12/11/17
Updated: 12/12/17

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