Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Outdoors news: Mixing sailing and history

Making News

Sails and Song Celebrate U.S. history

Classic sailboat fans can get a behind-the-scenes look at the 1812-era Privateer Lynx during a fundraiser from 5-8 p.m. Saturday at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club (11 Central Ave.). Tax-deductible tickets cost $75 per person and include ship tours, live and silent auctions, food and drink. The event, part of the celebration of the bicentennial of the Star Spangled Banner, also will feature an authentic fife and drum corps. For information, go to

Snook season open in the gulf

The season for Florida's premier game fish, snook, reopened March 1 in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Everglades National Park and Monroe County. Anglers have until April 30 to catch this prized sportfish. In the gulf, anglers may keep one snook in the slot limit (28 to 33 inches) per day. Anglers planning to keep and eat a snook need a special snook stamp and a saltwater fishing license. But most conservation-minded anglers release their catch, even during the open season.


Five weeks to angling success

Longtime charter boat captain Dave Zalewski will teach a five-week recreational fishing course beginning March 12 at the Madeira Beach City Marina (503 150th Ave.). The sessions, which run from 6:30-9 p.m., will cover the selection and use of tackle, marine electronics, bottom fishing, trolling techniques, artificial reefs and fish cleaning and cooking. Class size is limited. The fee is $50. For reservations, call (727) 397-8815 or email [email protected]

Terry Tomalin can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 893-8808.

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Captainís Corner: Warming weather brings permit to wrecks, ledges

Captainís Corner: Warming weather brings permit to wrecks, ledges

As water temperatures continue to climb, more and more permit are showing up on wrecks and ledges off the Suncoast area. These highly prized members of the jack family appear every spring and gather into large aggregations for spawning. Most of this ...
Published: 04/22/18
Updated: 04/23/18

Captainís Corner: Time nears for snook, tarpon out at the beaches

With summerlike air temperatures coming in the next couple of weeks, snook will be moving out to the beaches and tarpon will start cruising there. Itís my favorite time of year to fish. With snook on the beaches and passes, you would think their biol...
Published: 04/21/18
Updated: 04/22/18

Captainís Corner: Variables are all that is constant when it comes to art of fishing

The unique variables and ever-changing conditions of fishing are what set it apart from most other sports. Basketball goals donít move, baseball diamonds are basically the same and tennis courts never change. Fishing, on the other hand, is constantly...
Published: 04/21/18

Captainís Corner: King mackerel the hot topic as gulf waters warm

King mackerel is always the hot topic this time of year, with tournaments every weekend for two months. Some believe that massive schools in the gulf migrate from their fall haunts in south Florida and the Keys to the north, with the larger females (...
Published: 04/18/18
Updated: 04/20/18
Captainís Corner: Trout moving toward the beaches

Captainís Corner: Trout moving toward the beaches

After significant winds from a front last week, things are calming down and fish are turning on again. Bait has gotten predictable and easier to chum on the flats after moving to deeper water during the front. Iíve been targeting trout at first light...
Published: 04/18/18
Updated: 04/19/18

Captainís Corner: Rush of warmer water in gulf heats up fishing on offshore reefs, wrecks

The rush of warmer water on our offshore reefs and wrecks in the Gulf of Mexico has brought with it a cadre of pelagic fish. Divers and anglers have enjoyed the influx of cobia, kingfish and more. The benthic (bottom) fish are splurging on the balls ...
Published: 04/17/18
Updated: 04/18/18

Captainís Corner: Spring bite is solid despite wacky weather

Bipolar weather continues to confuse both fish and anglers. Fortunately the water temperature has gotten high enough that the effects donít last long and the spring bite continues to be solid. Snook are still the hot bite in many areas around the bay...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Captainís Corner: Kingfish, sharks provide aerial displays

Fishing was good this past Saturday, ahead of the cold front. We fished close to shore about 2 miles. Our approach was simple. We anchored the boat, fished with live baits and chummed heavily. Kingfish action was nonstop for the entire morning. We ca...
Published: 04/16/18

Captainís Corner: Trolling or anchoring up, kingfish bite is hot

Are you looking for line-screaming action? Head offshore. The kingfish bite has been good, though high winds may require a wait for the water to clear. The best numbers have been about 5 miles out on the hard bottom. Trolling for kingfish works well;...
Published: 04/13/18
Updated: 04/15/18

Captainís Corner: Spring run is the most wonderful time of the year

The full spring run of all species in our area is in full swing. Whatever species you would like to target, inshore or offshore, is as good as it gets this time of year. Redfish schools have shown up in the flats around Pinellas Point, but they are i...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/13/18