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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: With full moon, tarpon are on the move

With the full moon this next week tarpon are moving down the beaches and making their way out of the bay and moving out to the bridges and the passes to feed before some of them leave to go out and spawn on the full moon. Early in the morning along t...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Captainís Corner: Cloudier water improves the bite

Windy conditions this week have actually slightly improved fishing. The waters of Saint Joseph sound had become so clear that it made finding fish easy, but getting bites very difficult. Snook have been gathering in great numbers all along the beache...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/21/18

Captainís Corner: Red grouper fishing continues to be good

Red grouper fishing continues to be steady in depths of 100-120 feet. Large bait stacks are holding a fish or two, but larger concentrations are on very small rolls and potholes in those depths. Zooming in on the bottom 10-15 feet of the water column...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/20/18

Captainís Corner: Catching a giant cobia

Cobia is the topic this week. Capt. Tom Markham, aboard the Simply Hooked, was beginning his daily bait routine. It turned out that one of the markers located near Clearwater Pass, surprisingly, had a giant fish waiting for him. The captain slid up t...
Published: 05/16/18

Captainís Corner: Tarpon showing up on beaches, bridges

This week shouldnít be a total wash out. While there is a chance of rain every day, it should only be sporadic. Hopefully it wonít dirty up the water too much. If you are a tarpon fisherman and look forward to their arrival like I do, then you are in...
Published: 05/14/18
Updated: 05/15/18

Captainís Corner: This is best time of year for bay area fishing

Itís the best time of year for fishing in the area. Tarpon can be targeted off of any of the bridges. The Gandy, Howard Frankland and Skyway are my top choices. While awaiting a tarpon strike, I kill time by dropping smaller baits for Spanish mackere...
Published: 05/13/18

Captainís Corner: Change tactics for fly fishing success

Most fly fishers would prefer minimum wind and cloudless skies to increase chances for a banner day. This has been a problem lately. The wind makes casting more difficult, unless very experienced, and clouds interfere with sight casting opportunities...
Published: 05/11/18
Updated: 05/14/18

Captainís Corner: Tips on handling burgeoning baitfish

Schools of baitfish have arrived and taken up residence in all depths. Birds are diving on them close to the beach, all the way out to the midwater artificial reefs. Farther offshore, bait schools might not be visible on the surface but can be detect...
Published: 05/11/18
Updated: 05/12/18

Captainís Corner: Buckle up, the tarpon are here

Tarpon season is here, and the fish are showing up in numbers along the beaches. While there have been tarpon in the bays and backwaters for awhile, there were very few schools cruising the coast until a few days ago. Then, seemingly overnight, big p...
Published: 05/11/18

Captainís Corner: Here come the tarpon

Itís hot, the water temperatureís right and itís May. That means itís Tarpon Time! Aprilís full moon seemed to have opened the flood gates for tarpon arriving in our area. Weíve observed some at the Sunshine Skyway bridge for a couple weeks. On a few...
Updated one month ago