Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Outdoors news and notes

Making news

Anglers aim to reel in food for tHe needY

Join local fishing celebrities Bill Miller, Mike Anderson and Glen Pla on Saturday when they collect for needy families in the annual Fishing for Hope food drive. Last year, anglers donated 16,000 pounds of food to help Metropolitan Ministries serve nearly 600,000 meals to more than 22,000 needy families. This holiday season the food drive organizers, which include the Madeira Beach-based Old Salt Fishing Club, hope to collect more than 32,000 pounds of food. Items needed include turkeys, canned vegetables, stuffing, rice, potatoes and bread. The Metropolitan Ministries holiday tent, located at 400 West Palm Ave. in Tampa, will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (813) 209-1000 or go to metromin.org for more information.

Backpacking team to talk gear, tips

Backpacker Magazine, an authority on outdoor activities, is bringing its "Get Out More" team of Randy and Sheri Propster to Bill Jackson Shop for Adventure in Pinellas Park at 6:30 tonight. The 75-minute seminar will cover backpacking essentials, survival skills, gear and apparel discussions as well as other trail-tested tips. Admission is free. Call (727) 576-4169 or go to billjacksons.com.

Sea Scout teens to take on world

The Boca Ciega Yacht Club's Sea Scout Ship 915 will send four sailors to the International Sea Scouts William I. Koch Cup in Long Beach, Calif., in January. The teens qualified by winning the Southern Regional qualifiers held recently in Fort Pierce. The Cup's format features teams of two sailors in Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) standard 420s. The field will be comprised of 20 U.S. teams and 20 international teams. The local representatives are Allison Martin, a 16-year-old junior, and Nick Forsythe, a 17-year-old senior, from St. Petersburg High; Mourad Feggos, a 16-year-old junior at Dunedin High; and Alex Brown, a 16-year-old junior at Palm Harbor University.

Send 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...
Updated: 6 hours ago

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