Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Outdoors news and notes: Inshore fishing event supports hospital fund

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Inshore event open to land, boat Anglers

The Old Salt Fishing Foundation's Johnny Kellar Inshore Tournament on Jan. 29 will target trout, flounder, black drum, sheepshead and redfish, and benefit the All Children's Hospital hemophilia fund. The entry fee is just $25, and the event is open to anyone fishing from land, kayak, flats skiff or center console. To date, this event has raised more than $75,000. The captain's meeting is 7 p.m. Thursday at the Daiquiri Deck (14995 Gulf Blvd.) in Madeira Beach. Fishing begins 6:30 a.m. Jan. 29 and the weigh-in starts at 3 p.m. at Bay Pines Marina. To learn more, go to oldsalt


Paralympic hopefuls nab silver

U.S. Sailing team members Jen French and JP Creignou of St. Petersburg won silver medals Sunday at the Disabled Sailing World Championships in Charlotte Harbor. French and Creignou finished behind Great Britain's Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell in the eight-boat SKUD-18 fleet. The regatta was the first of two selection events for the 2012 U.S. Paralympic team that will compete at the Paralympic Games running from Aug. 29 to Sept. 9 in Weymouth, England.

Also, Rob Britts and Jesse Combs of St. Petersburg, competing aboard the Melges 24 Hot Mess that sails out of Davis Island Yacht Club, were 11th after eight races at the Key West regatta that ends today. Go to and click on "Results."


Beginning Monday: Boca Ciega Sail and Power Squadron's Safe Boating Class, 7 to 9 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, through Feb. 1. The course satisfies Florida State Boating Law requirements. The class will be held at the squadron building at 130-126th Avenue at Lagoon Lane (south side of John's Pass), Treasure Island. Cost: $35. For information and to reserve a seat, contact Nick Miller at (727) 424-1810 or visit

Thursday: Trout and redfish kayak fishing seminar with guide Neil Taylor, 6:30 p.m., Bill Jackson Shop for Adventure in Pinellas Park. Call (727) 692-6345 or visit

Terry Tomalin, Times Outdoors-Fitness Editor


Captainís Corner: Itís a good time to focus on snook

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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

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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

Captainís Corner: Pompano popping up at passes, along beach

Over the past few weeks, pompano have started to appear around the passes and along the beach. These tasty members of the jack family are one of the most difficult fish to find and keep track of. Just when you think youíve figured out a reliable time...
Published: 06/10/18
Updated: 06/11/18

Captainís Corner: Many fish now in their deep summer areas

Many fish have moved into their deep summer areas. This has been the pattern the past week. Snook are in their spawning areas waiting for the tide and moon to align. Iíve been leaving them alone and opting for the more steady action trout have been p...
Published: 06/08/18
Updated: 06/10/18

Captainís Corner: Pompano in the spotlight

Pompano are arriving at the locations where they will be found for the next six months. The most underutilized species in Tampa Bay, pompano are not only among the best to have for dinner, they fight great. Targeting pompano is pretty easy. You have ...
Published: 06/05/18
Updated: 06/07/18