Saturday, March 24, 2018

Outdoors news and notes

Young sailor wins

Addison Hackstaff, 16, of St. Petersburg took top honors at last weekend's ISAF youth world qualifier at the Clearwater Yacht Club. Hackstaff won two of the nine races, besting 52 Laser Radial sailors for the chance to race in the world championships July 13-20 in Limassol, Cypress. Hackstaff, U.S. Sailing's Chubb single-handed champion and Sunfish junior world champ, also qualified for the Snipe class junior world championship Sept. 14-20 in Rio.

Fishing class

Dave Zalewski, who has worked local waters for more than 50 years, will share his secrets during a six-week course starting Feb. 13 at the Madeira Beach City Marina, 503 150th Ave. The class meets Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Topics include tackle, electronics, bottom fishing, trolling, artificial reefs and cleaning and cooking. It costs $50. For details, call (727) 397-8815 or email [email protected]

'Shark Girl'

Do sharks sleep? Why don't they get cancer? Get the answers to these and other questions tonight when Hannah "Shark Girl" Fizell presents an evening with sharks at Bill Jackson's Shop for Adventure, 9501 U.S. 19, Pinellas Park. The lecture starts at 6 p.m. Reservations are required. Call (727) 576-4169.

Good Old Boats

New is out and old is in. If you like classic watercraft, check out some of the Tampa Bay's coolest sailboats when the St. Petersburg Sailing Association presents the fourth annual Good Old Boat Regatta on Saturday at the St. Petersburg Pier. Racing starts at 11 a.m. If your boat is at least 20 years old, then you can set sail with other old-school skippers. While the event does have some hard-core racers, there are also awards for the prettiest boat, oldest boat and oldest skipper. For information, email [email protected] or go to

Compiled by Terry Tomalin. Send your news and notes to t[email protected] or call (727) 893-8808

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Captainís Corner: Take advantage of this weekís favorable weather

Gusty winds and small craft advisories much of this past week hampered most of the offshore fishing. With lighter winds and warmer temperatures forecast, this might be the week to get out and take advantage. Water temperatures are cooler than we like...
Updated: 10 minutes ago

Captainís Corner: Erratic weather making offshore fishing unpredictable

Continued heavy winds have kept offshore fisheries from settling in to predictable patterns. When things have calmed, nearshore baitfish have bunched up and kingfish and Spanish mackerel settled in around them. Unfortunately, each cold front has chur...
Published: 03/23/18

Captainís Corner: Snook bite is best now in afternoon

So what happened to our spring weather in February? The weather has the fish moving back and forth between their winter and summer spots, and with April just a few weeks away, the air temperature is warming up and should be in the upper 70s and low 8...
Published: 03/21/18
Updated: 03/22/18

Captainís Corner: Windy conditions limit fishing options

The weather and water temperature roller coaster continues. Finding consistent action has been difficult with windy conditions keeping us from fishing many open parts of the bay or out into the gulf. Hiding in secluded backwater areas or on leeward s...
Published: 03/20/18
Updated: 03/21/18

Captainís Corner: Grouper moving in as water temperatures rise

Red grouper have made their move inshore this past week as waters closer to shore have warmed up a bit. Concentrate your efforts on hard bottom areas in depths of 100-120 feet for the rest of the month, and remember that all shallow water grouper are...
Published: 03/18/18
Updated: 03/20/18

Captainís Corner: Cold causes spiny lobsters to go into hiding

The cold front that ended Wednesday drove the offshore bottom temperatures back down into the low 60s. On dives Friday, my dive computer read 62 degrees at the bottom in 54 feet of water. On the next dive it read 60 in 62 feet. We were looking for ho...
Published: 03/18/18

Captainís Corner: Snook are the hot bite

Surface water temperatures have dipped into the low 60s, but the fish donít seem to mind. The longer days get the temperature up and helps keep it from getting into the danger zone at night. Snook have been the hot bite this past week and, believe it...
Published: 03/16/18
Updated: 03/17/18

It has been a crazy month regarding all the drastic weather changes. We experienced a record-breaking warming trend in February, followed by an endless amount of cold weather this month. The arrival times for many spring migrations of fish has been i...
Published: 03/16/18

Captainís Corner: Big trout moving out of the shallows

February seemed like March with record-breaking heat, but now March seems like February with below-average temperatures. This is a good thing. Spring fishing has started way too early in the past few years. The cold-water temperature we have now will...
Published: 03/14/18
Updated: 03/15/18

Captainís Corner: Temperature changes affect fly fishing

Having a fantastic river trip one day where we caught a lot of snook in shallow water on a fly and going back to the same location three days later and not finding any cooperative fish can be very puzzling. What happened? Recent warm weather was repl...
Published: 03/11/18
Updated: 03/14/18