Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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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: Devise a strategy before heading out into the cold

The quality of fishing this month depends on how many cold fronts are in our future. When the water creeps down below 60 degrees, many fish will slow their metabolism in order to survive. They require less food than in the warmer months, making some ...
Published: 01/16/18

Captainís Corner: Make sure the fly gets in front of a hungry fish

Back-to-back winter cold fronts not only confuse inshore fish but the fly fishers who pursue them. The most perfectly tied fly is not effective unless it is in front of a fish that is anxious to eat it. The best daytime tides, very low early and inco...
Published: 01/12/18
Updated: 01/14/18

Captainís Corner: Cold, windy days just fine for trout fishing

Trout have been my most productive target during the start of this new year. Winter cold fronts and cold water are making conditions difficult to target snook and reds. Strong winds from passing fronts make it hard to work the shallow-water flats. Th...
Published: 01/12/18
Updated: 01/13/18

Captainís Corner: Cold driving out kings, but there are alternatives

Mother Nature gives and she takes away. Nature gave us warm water and great king fishing until Dec. 31. She ushered in the new year with a severe cold front with high winds and rough seas that kept us in port every day. The cold air and overcast skie...
Published: 01/11/18
Updated: 01/12/18

Captainís Corner: Techniques for catching (and cooking) tasty sheepshead

Cold water has fishing in sort of slow motion. Middle bay temperatures (Gandy area) are holding in the 54-56 degree range. During this time of year the stalking of large snook and redfish take a back seat to finesse fishing and trying to figure out w...
Published: 01/10/18
Captainís Corner: Colder weather calls for different approaches

Captainís Corner: Colder weather calls for different approaches

With colder weather the first big change is what bait to use. Before the cold fronts in the first week we were using greenbacks and catching a bunch of snook. With the cold weather that has hit us we are now shifting gears and using shrimp and throwi...
Published: 01/08/18
Updated: 01/09/18

Captainís Corner: Winter need not interrupt fishing

The inevitable effects of wintertime fishing have finally arrived, but there are plenty of opportunities for the determined angler. Trout, both silver and specs, are cold water tolerant and among the best bets inshore. Now too is when schools of shee...
Published: 01/07/18
Updated: 01/08/18

Captainís Corner: With this cold, itís time for sheepshead

With cold air and water temperatures, nothing is hot when it comes it fishing. An eight-year recovery on snook erased by water temperatures in the 50s. January has not been kind so far. Thereís basically one solid option in times like these: sheepshe...
Published: 01/06/18
Updated: 01/07/18

Captainís Corner: Cold weather shouldnít stop you from targeting trout

Dealing with cold water is nothing new for trout anglers. Most often, fish head to deeper water as they seek more stable temperatures; consequently, deep water near your favorite grass flat will often hold schools of trout until the water temperature...
Published: 01/06/18

Captainís Corner: When weather calms, spearfishermen should target amberjack

Amberjack season opened Jan. 1 and as soon as the seas calm, many anglers and spearfishermen will be heading west into the Gulf of Mexico in search of these fish. The 2017 season was dramatically short, only left open by the Marine Fisheries Council ...
Published: 01/04/18
Updated: 01/05/18