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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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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

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