Monday, February 19, 2018
Outdoors

Outdoors notes: Group to removed derelict crab traps

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Group set to remove derelict crab traps

Sooner or later every boater runs afoul of an old crab trap. But these lost or abandoned traps are more than a nuisance. They can be a death sentence for a variety of marine life. That's why Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteer boaters to participate in a crab trap removal effort at six locations — Belleair Bluffs, upper Tampa Bay, Alafia River, Cockroach Bay, Boca Ciega Bay and Demen's Landing — because of the regional closure of blue crab fishing. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has issued a temporary blue crab closure from Wednesday to July 19 for all waters of Broward through Pasco counties so volunteers can identify and retrieve lost and abandoned blue crab traps. All commercial and recreational traps left in the water during the 10-day closure will be considered derelict and removed. Volunteers should register at tampabaywatch.org or call (727) 867-8166, ext. 233.

Red snapper info session via phone

Roy Crabtree, the Southeast regional administrator for the National Marine Fisheries Service, will host a teleconference from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday to discuss red snapper. The discussion will focus on population assessment, future catch levels, regional management and how you can get involved in the process. Call toll-free 1-800-857-5151, password: red snapper.

Check it out

Powerboat racing

The 29th Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix off Sarasota features takes place within a few hundred yards of Lido Beach. Races are scheduled for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday. See suncoastoffshore.org.

Solunar chart

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Minor Major Minor Major

7/5 3:55 10:00 4:10 10:25

7/6 4:40 10:45 4:55 11:10

7/7 5:25 11:30 5:40 11:55

7/8 6:10 0 6:20 12:10

7/9 6:50 12:35 7:10 1:00

7/10 7:40 1:30 8:05 1:50

7/11 8:25 2:15 8:55 2:40

Comments

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...
Updated: 12 hours ago

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
Captainís Corner: Snook among species starting to flourish as water warms

Captainís Corner: Snook among species starting to flourish as water warms

This has been a cold year thus far as fronts have blasted the Tampa Bay area. Now things are beginning to warm up, and the transition from winter to spring begins. Every warm day takes us one step closer to some awesome fishing. As water temperatures...
Published: 02/06/18
Updated: 02/09/18