Monday, May 21, 2018

Outdoors news: Red snapper season nears close

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Final days to nab Red Snapper in state waters

Red snapper season closes in state waters Monday. That means Sunday is the final day to catch these prized sport fish, unless federal officials open the waters back up because a recent stock assessment revealed the fish are doing better than previously thought. This year's state season was 44 days long. The season in federal waters, which begin 9 miles offshore in the gulf, was 28 days and ran June 1 through June 28. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is considering a supplemental recreational season for later this year in federal waters. If approved, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will consider a supplemental season for gulf state waters. For information, go to

Reality stars part of Big Buck Expo

Outdoors celebrities will be at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa today through Sunday as the Big Buck Expo showcases the latest in hunting gear. Meet "Mountain Man" from Duck Dynasty, today from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Troy Landry from Swamp People will greet fans from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and co-stars R.J. and Jay Paul Molinere will be there 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. For information, go to or call (334) 699-2825.

Lakewood High sailor stays busy

Addison Hackstaff, a 17-year-old rising senior at Lakewood High, is headed to Limassol, Cypress, to sail the Laser in the ISAF Youth World Championship, which begins Saturday. Hackstaff, a member of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club Junior sailing team, also recently qualified to defend his US Sailing Smythe Singlehanded championship in August.

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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...
Updated: 3 hours ago

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...
Updated one month ago