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New Decals drum support for wildlife

How about a holiday gift that pays big dividends for Florida wildlife? The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has issued new $5 decals that celebrate the manatees and sea turtles that thrived 500 years ago when Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon landed on the peninsula he named La Florida, land of flowers. You can order the decals online at myfwc.com or pick one up at the local tax collector's office. Your donation supports the research, rescue, rehabilitation and management efforts for these iconic Florida residents. Manatees and sea turtles were among the animals and reptiles encountered by de Leon, who designated a cluster of islands 70 miles west of Key West as Las Tortugas because of the high number of sea turtles. The islands of Dry Tortugas National Park and many other Florida beaches provide nesting opportunities for loggerhead and green turtles, which come back year after year to lay eggs. Today, the manatee is the state's designated marine mammal, and the loggerhead sea turtle is the state's saltwater reptile.

Naples angler gets huge gray snapper

Another pending world record was recently caught in Florida: Dr. Jan Forszpaniak was fishing with guide Tom Robinson out of his hometown of Naples on Nov. 21 when he caught and released a gray snapper that was nearly 23 inches long. Forszpaniak already holds the all-tackle length record for gray snapper set earlier in this year, when he boated one nearly 21 inches. Forszpaniak's latest fish hit a threadfin herring and was boated, measured, and released alive after the fight.

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Comments

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...
Published: 05/07/18

Captainís Corner: Swash channel is full of life

Offshore winds the past week cleaned beach waters to that pretty shade of blue we often have this time of year. The swash channel is full of life as schools of finger mullet, whiting and threadfin herring go in and out with the tide, and schools of p...
Published: 05/05/18
Updated: 05/06/18
Captainís Corner: Fish return to normal migration pattern in North Pinellas

Captainís Corner: Fish return to normal migration pattern in North Pinellas

Warm weather has stabilized water temperatures, sending many fish into their normal pattern of migration in North Pinellas. Every year, large female snook start to trickle out to the west along the beaches, a few yards from unsuspecting sunbathers. S...
Updated one month ago