Thursday, January 18, 2018
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Lunkers can bring tidy sum to Bass anglers

Largemouth bass helped put Florida on the international angling map, and today a 10-pound bucketmouth is on nearly every traveling angler's life list. Last spring, state biologists tagged more than 100 trophy bass that weighed 8 pounds or more and then returned them to the state's top lakes and rivers. Each big bass has a yellow plastic tag inserted in its back just below the dorsal fin. And each tag has its own number that offers information on how to report the catch and how to claim a prize, which ranges in value from $15 to more than $1,000 (heaviest bass could be worth a ring valued at $3,000). The tagged bass were released into 41 bodies of water, so anglers across the state will have a chance land a trophy fish. One of the most recent fish caught was a hatchery-raised fingerling that grew to more than 10 pounds in Lake Talquin. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission plans to continue this statewide tagging program for the next five years. To learn more, go to MyFWC.com.

Sportsmans Expo to visit fairgrounds

Florida Sportsman magazine will bring its popular Sportsman Expo to the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa on Sept. 22-23. The expo, now in its 20th year, features one of the best seminar series in sport fishing. This year's speakers include Mark Nichols, the man behind D.O.A. Lures, and Tampa Bay Times' correspondent Tim Whitfield, who will be sharing his secrets for fishing the shallows of the upper bay. Bring the kids for the casting pond contest. Those who are new to the sport will enjoy the hands-on rigging table, free fly- and net-casting lessons and a variety of exhibits by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Tickets at the Florida State Fairgrounds box office are $8 for adults, and kids 12 and under with parents are free. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 22, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 23. For a discount coupon, see the latest issue of Floridasports man.com/expo.

Parade of boat shows to begin

The 2012-2013 boat show season kicks off Sept. 28-30 when the Tampa Boat Show drops anchor at the Tampa Convention Center. The event, now in its 47th year, will have something for everyone. A sure hit this year will be the new Be a Diver program, where first-timers can get a taste of what life is like underwater. For more information, visit nmma.org.

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

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Comments

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 ...
Updated: 10 hours ago

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

Captainís Corner: Winter need not interrupt fishing

The inevitable effects of wintertime fishing have finally arrived, but there are plenty of opportunities for the determined angler. Trout, both silver and specs, are cold water tolerant and among the best bets inshore. Now too is when schools of shee...
Published: 01/07/18
Updated: 01/08/18

Captainís Corner: With this cold, itís time for sheepshead

With cold air and water temperatures, nothing is hot when it comes it fishing. An eight-year recovery on snook erased by water temperatures in the 50s. January has not been kind so far. Thereís basically one solid option in times like these: sheepshe...
Published: 01/06/18
Updated: 01/07/18

Captainís Corner: Cold weather shouldnít stop you from targeting trout

Dealing with cold water is nothing new for trout anglers. Most often, fish head to deeper water as they seek more stable temperatures; consequently, deep water near your favorite grass flat will often hold schools of trout until the water temperature...
Published: 01/06/18