Friday, December 15, 2017
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Outdoors news and notes: Snook season opens in Atlantic waters; license-free fishing for one day; upcoming events

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Snook season opens saturday in the atlantic

Snook season opens Saturday in Atlantic waters, but Gulf of Mexico anglers must wait until Sept. 1, 2013 to catch and keep them. Gulf snook anglers can help biologists get a handle on population dynamics by participating in the Snook Gamefish Foundation's angler survey at snookfoundation.org. Anglers fishing the east coast can keep one snook per day between 28 and 32 inches. The Atlantic season closes Dec. 15.

Fish the salt for free on Saturday

State officials have designated Saturday as a license-free fishing day for saltwater recreational anglers. More details are at MyFWC.com.

Upcoming events

• Hillsborough Community College will host its Hawks, Line & Sinker Inshore tournament on Sept. 14 at the Westshore Yacht Club in Tampa to benefit the college's scholarship fund. The catch-and-release event will target snook, trout and redfish. Go to hccfl.edu and click on the event icon to register.

• The USF fishing tournament is Sept. 14 at the Hula Bay Club. The angler who catches and releases the greatest combined total inches of redfish, trout, cobia, snook, mackerel, grouper or shark wins. Contact Erin DeVaughn at [email protected] for more information.

• The Pinellas chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association will hold its annual banquet and auction at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at NOVA535 (535 Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg). Tickets are $80 each. Contact Mike Modisett at (407) 257-7333 or go to ccaflorida.org.

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Comments

Captainís Corner: Look for that strong speckled trout bite on grass flats

The speckled trout bite has taken off nicely after the first good cold front last weekend. You will find a consistent bite along the grass flats from Apollo Beach down to Pinellas Point. The sweet spot seems to be 4-6 feet of water. If you can find s...
Updated: 4 hours ago

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...
Published: 12/14/17

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