Saturday, November 18, 2017

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: As visibility improves, so does spearfishing

Spearing in the Gulf of Mexico is improving day by day. First, the underwater visibility is getting much better. For more than a month, after Hurricane Irma, the offshore water clarity was so poor that most divers stayed home. The water is now much c...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Captainís Corner: Snook bite remains aggressive

We are in the midst of prefrontal conditions, so there should be good fishing today. Bait seems to have moved on the last full moon and judging by the amount of bait fry that has filtered onto the flats, it spawned also. Load up the wells with the sm...
Published: 11/17/17

Captainís Corner: Calm seas closer to beaches rewards with kingfish

Strong east winds have made it challenging for offshore anglers. The first few miles are quite tolerable since the land buffers the shoreline. After that, sea conditions have been tougher. Anglers searching for kingfish have been rewarded with calm s...
Published: 11/16/17

Captainís Corner: A little wind doesnít stop hot fishing in November

Despite many windy days, November fishing has been amazing. The water is cooling off, and the fish are becoming more aggressive. Itís getting to be the time of year when the cold fronts start to make their way out of the north. When this happens, win...
Published: 11/15/17

Captainís Corner: Fly fishing success possible, even in wind

When your day to fly fish arrives, do you hope for a day without wind? Knowledgeable fly fishers know there are many ways to deal with different wind situations. Avoid open water, and select an area that offers protection. Stay close to shore and use...
Published: 11/12/17
Updated: 11/14/17

Captainís Corner: Low tides and cold fronts make for rewarding fishing

Fall and winter low tides combined with cold fronts passing through can lead to highly rewarding fishing. It takes winds blowing 20-plus miles an hour out of the northeast combined with an astronomical low tide around the new moon and full moon phase...
Published: 11/12/17
Updated: 11/13/17

Captainís Corner: Reef fish abundant offshore; mackerel, kings better near shore

Before this recent cold front, we were able to travel where we wanted, and the calm seas allowed us to make the mistake of running past the best depths for our type of fishing. The 40- to 50-foot depths produced almost nonstop action from reef fish, ...
Published: 11/12/17
Captainís Corner: Mackerel still going strong in bay area

Captainís Corner: Mackerel still going strong in bay area

The fall king mackerel run is still going strong. The fish have seemed to come in waves; one week there are numerous fish more than 30 pounds, and a week or two later no one can find any more than 20. It also seems the fish are not moving south all t...
Published: 11/11/17

Captainís Corner: Cold front should push fish into backcountry waters

The approaching front is forecast to drop temperatures for a couple of days. This should push more fish into the backcountry rivers and creeks that feed the bay. Once the front passes and the weather stabilizes, fishing should return to normal. This ...
Published: 11/10/17

Captainís Corner: Kingfish domination

With calm seas and water temperature just the way they like it, kingfish will dominate much of the nearshore and offshore activity. Light wind and strong tides from the weekendís full moon have allowed nearshore waters to cleanse, so baits are being ...
Published: 11/08/17