Sunday, January 21, 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: Live baits outperforming artificials

Amberjack have been the hot topic in the area since their season opened Jan. 1. Anglers have been targeting wrecks and other large structures in depths of 80-120 feet for these tackle-testing monsters. Although amberjack are caught on a wide variety ...
Published: 01/19/18
Updated: 01/20/18

Captainís Corner: What to expect from fish coming out of the cold spell

Extreme cold has brought backcountry water temperatures down. As in years past, extreme dips have shocked many fish, especially snook, which take the biggest hit and become extremely lethargic and often near death. Luckily the cold wonít be long, and...
Published: 01/19/18

Captainís Corner: Divers, anglers going after amberjack

Over the past two weeks divers and anglers have been in search of amberjack. The season opened Jan. 1 and ends Jan. 27. The short season for gulf amberjack has pushed many divers and anglers to venture offshore, even in questionable weather. Donít fo...
Published: 01/18/18

Captainís Corner: Cold weather brings different but effective fishing styles

This past week has seen a variety of different fishing styles prove effective. Fishing for trout in deeper depressions with live shrimp has provided steady action. Rig as follows: Use a ?-ounce jighead, grab a shrimp from the well and pinch the tail ...
Published: 01/17/18

Captainís Corner: Devise a strategy before heading out into the cold

The quality of fishing this month depends on how many cold fronts are in our future. When the water creeps down below 60 degrees, many fish will slow their metabolism in order to survive. They require less food than in the warmer months, making some ...
Published: 01/16/18

Captainís Corner: Make sure the fly gets in front of a hungry fish

Back-to-back winter cold fronts not only confuse inshore fish but the fly fishers who pursue them. The most perfectly tied fly is not effective unless it is in front of a fish that is anxious to eat it. The best daytime tides, very low early and inco...
Published: 01/12/18
Updated: 01/14/18

Captainís Corner: Cold, windy days just fine for trout fishing

Trout have been my most productive target during the start of this new year. Winter cold fronts and cold water are making conditions difficult to target snook and reds. Strong winds from passing fronts make it hard to work the shallow-water flats. Th...
Published: 01/12/18
Updated: 01/13/18

Captainís Corner: Cold driving out kings, but there are alternatives

Mother Nature gives and she takes away. Nature gave us warm water and great king fishing until Dec. 31. She ushered in the new year with a severe cold front with high winds and rough seas that kept us in port every day. The cold air and overcast skie...
Published: 01/11/18
Updated: 01/12/18

Captainís Corner: Techniques for catching (and cooking) tasty sheepshead

Cold water has fishing in sort of slow motion. Middle bay temperatures (Gandy area) are holding in the 54-56 degree range. During this time of year the stalking of large snook and redfish take a back seat to finesse fishing and trying to figure out w...
Published: 01/10/18
Captainís Corner: Colder weather calls for different approaches

Captainís Corner: Colder weather calls for different approaches

With colder weather the first big change is what bait to use. Before the cold fronts in the first week we were using greenbacks and catching a bunch of snook. With the cold weather that has hit us we are now shifting gears and using shrimp and throwi...
Published: 01/08/18
Updated: 01/09/18