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Outdoors news and notes: Tampa Bay area cleanups on tap

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Bay and Birds Will benefit from cleanups

Tampa Bay is the state's largest estuary. You can do your share to help preserve the bay and its surroundings by participating in a land or water cleanup Saturday, which is National Estuaries Day. Tampa Bay Watch, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring Tampa Bay's marine and wetland environments, is recruiting volunteers to clean the shorelines of Fort De Soto Park, Clam Bayou, Sunshine Skyway and Palm River from 9 a.m. to noon. Tampa Bay Watch also has partnered with Audubon Florida to recruit volunteer boaters to clean Tampa Bay's bird nesting islands as part of the annual monofilament cleanup, scheduled the same day. For details, volunteers should contact Rachel Arndt at [email protected] watch.org.

Shooting champs

Three local youngsters won medals from a national shotgun competition in Colorado Springs, Colo., during the summer. Sevin Layer, 15 of Palm Harbor, Gabriel Shandles, 11, and David Telford, 12, both of Odessa, won nine medals collectively in the U.S. Clay Target Association National Championships in both skeet and trap. The youths practice at the Skyway Trap and Skeet Club.

Send your outdoors news to Terry Tomalin at [email protected] or call (727) 893-8808.

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Captainís Corner: Switching to bottom fishing for grouper, snapper

With water temperatures falling, offshore anglers soon will have less species to target. Migratory species such as cobia, kingfish and Spanish mackerel will be migrating south for the winter. Most offshore captains will switch to bottom fishing for g...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Captainís Corner: Bay area reefs, hard bottoms, flats worth your attention

With air temperature still in the upper 70s to low 80s during the day in between cool fronts, you might want to look around bay area reefs, hard bottoms and flats. When the water starts warming in the middle of the day, snook start biting. But donít ...
Published: 11/22/17

Captainís Corner: Get ready for gag grouper migration

With falling water temperatures and bait fish making their way into the near shore waters off of the coast, we can expect the fall migration of gag grouper to be in full swing with the next two or three cold fronts that make their way into the centra...
Published: 11/18/17
Updated: 11/20/17

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...
Published: 11/17/17
Updated: 11/18/17

Captainís Corner: Snook bite remains aggressive

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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