Monday, February 19, 2018
Outdoors

Outdoors news: Free fishing days, sailors recognized

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free fishing days in Salt or lakes ahead

The state is offering two upcoming "license-free" fishing days in both saltwater (Saturday) and freshwater (June 8). Also on June 8, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will host a free women's fishing clinic at Weedon Island in St. Petersburg. The first week of June is also National Fishing and Boating Week. Remember, you may not need a fishing license on those "free" days, but all bag limits, seasons and size restrictions apply. To learn more, go to myfwc.com/fishing.

Local collegiate sailors recognized

Two local sailors were honored last Friday for their contributions to collegiate sailing. The nation's top sailors have been in St. Petersburg for the past week for the sport's national championships, which featured women's, team and co-ed competitions. Seminole's Mary Hall, who will graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2015, was a finalist for the women's college sailor of the year award. Abby Featherstone, a senior at the USF St. Petersburg, received an honorable mention as an All-American.

Sailing fundraiser

The Clearwater Community Sailing Center will host its Summer Luau and Fundraiser from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the facility (1001 Gulf Blvd.). The event will include tours, games for children, sailboat and outrigger canoe rides, a raffle and silent auction, including a seven-day, six-night charter in the British Virgin Islands. Proceeds will help support summer programs such as the center's award-winning Camp Awesome, which teaches sailing to high functioning children with special needs, such as autism and Downs' syndrome. Tickets are $10 for adults; kids 12 and under are free. For information or to donate a silent auction item, contact Kelly Dorn at (727) 517-7776 or email [email protected] communitysailing.org.

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Captainís Corner: Warming waters, better visibility are good signs

Scuba and freediving spearfishermen and women have enjoyed great underwater visibility over the past week. Some boaters going offshore can make out the bottom structure from the gunnel of the boat. Best depths for visibility have been in 30 to 40 fee...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Captainís Corner: Flats coming to life in north Pinellas County

The flats are really coming to life in north Pinellas County. Our main focus this time of year is spotted sea trout, though redfish are cooperating and schooling a bit. Snook are also responding to the warm weather, occasionally eating on the falling...
Published: 02/18/18

Captainís Corner: Bait a challenge, but effort will pay off

Bait has made its way into the bay and is on nearly every marker. The problem: Bait is moving and showing up at different times daily. The time spent to get bait will pay off. Fish have been blasting pilchards. Snook and large trout have been communi...
Published: 02/16/18
Updated: 02/17/18

Captainís Corner: Springtime fishing patterns moving in

The first half of February has been hit or miss for inshore fishing. The consistent cold fronts and warmups seem to have the fish confused. The week ahead should be pretty good. The best bite has been midmorning into the afternoon. With temperatures ...
Published: 02/14/18
Updated: 02/15/18

Captainís Corner: Get an early start when chasing redfish

Redfish schools have started to invade the flats around Pinellas Point. On low tide in the morning, I look for a school on an outer sandbar. These fish are staged on the edge waiting for the tide to come in. Once the water level rises, the fish will ...
Published: 02/13/18

Captainís Corner: Baitfish in the shallows improves fly fishing

Seeing large groups of pelicans diving and catching baitfish in warmer, shallow water is a sure sign spring conditions are approaching. The appearance of quality baitfish will spark a feeding frenzy that should steadily improve flats fishing for fly ...
Published: 02/14/18
Updated: 02/16/18

Captainís Corner: Action picking up as temperature rises

The wind finally stopped blowing so hard that we couldnít go offshore. Water temperatures were still in the low 50s offshore at the beginning of the week, and this affected fish behavior. Because the water was calm, we ventured out to the 80- to 90-f...
Published: 02/11/18
Updated: 02/12/18

Captainís Corner: Topwater plugs a great option as warming trend continues

Warm weather for the past week has led to an increase in feeding activity for inshore fish species. Speckled trout have been venturing out of deep holes and channels and back into shallow water to feed. This has presented a great opportunity to fish ...
Published: 02/10/18
Updated: 02/11/18

Captainís Corner: Sardines make a great bait

Bait has made its way into the bay and the fish have been eating sardines with violent strikes. Look deep for bait, most of it has been in 20-plus feet of water. A little knowledge of how to read a bottom machine will help you secure the prized sardi...
Published: 02/08/18
Updated: 02/10/18

Captainís Corner: Fishing conditions have started to improve

The waters are still a bit cooler than the kind a bunch of fish like to aggressively chew in. Fishing conditions, however, have slowly but surely begun to improve. On a recon mission Tuesday, I visited both Sunshine Skyway bridge fishing piers and th...
Published: 02/08/18