Thursday, May 24, 2018

Outdoors news and notes: Long-distance trekker to share pointers at two lectures

Making news

Adventuring know-how from an Expert

Ultra long-distance backpacker Andrew Skurka, National Geographic's "Adventurer of the Year," has hiked 4,700 miles in an Alaska-Yukon Expedition, 6,875 miles on the Great Western Loop and 7,775 miles on a Sea-to-Sea Route. The author of the recently released Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide, Skurka will be sharing tips for the trail at Bill Jackson Shop for Adventure in Pinellas Park at two lectures (March 14 and 15) at 7 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. Call (727) 576-4169.

Belleair windsurfer joins world team

Windsurfer Margot Samson of Belleair has been named to the US Sailing 2012 Youth World team in the RS:X class. The 17-year-old at Palm Harbor University High is one of 11 sailors who have qualified for the team that will represent the United States at the International Sailing Federation Youth World Championship in Dublin, Ireland, from July 12-21. The U.S. Youth World team members were selected based on first-place finishes in their classes at US Sailing's two Youth World qualifier events in January.

Things to Do

Flea market deals for old salts

Looking for a good deal on marine supplies and equipment? Check out the annual JSI Nautical Flea Market from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at 2233 Third Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Organizers welcome anything "marine" and booths are available for $15. For information, call toll-free 1-800-652-4914 or email [email protected]

Support needed

Ever thought about swimming the entire length of Tampa Bay but then decided that it might be a little long? Here's a chance to stay dry but see what you're missing by providing support for the 24-mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim on April 21. Organizers need support power boaters and kayakers to shadow swimmers from 7 a.m. at the Skyway Bridge area to the finish 10 to 12 hours later at Ben T. Davis Beach on the Courtney Campbell Causeway. The safety meeting is set for 6 p.m. April 20. Kayakers will be compensated $200 for their efforts. Power boaters must have all of the proper safety equipment, including a marine radio, and will be compensated $500. Contact Ron Collins at [email protected]

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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...
Updated: 10 hours ago

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

Windy conditions this week have actually slightly improved fishing. The waters of Saint Joseph sound had become so clear that it made finding fish easy, but getting bites very difficult. Snook have been gathering in great numbers all along the beache...
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

Captainís Corner: Tips on handling burgeoning baitfish

Schools of baitfish have arrived and taken up residence in all depths. Birds are diving on them close to the beach, all the way out to the midwater artificial reefs. Farther offshore, bait schools might not be visible on the surface but can be detect...
Published: 05/11/18
Updated: 05/12/18

Captainís Corner: Buckle up, the tarpon are here

Tarpon season is here, and the fish are showing up in numbers along the beaches. While there have been tarpon in the bays and backwaters for awhile, there were very few schools cruising the coast until a few days ago. Then, seemingly overnight, big p...
Published: 05/11/18