Thursday, December 14, 2017
Outdoors

Outdoors notes: Kingfish events fill up April calendar

Making news

Old Salt spring Kingfish event draws near

The Madeira Beach-based Old Salt Fishing Club is gearing up for its 20th spring King of the Beach tournament on April 27. Over the years, anglers have caught some real monster kingfish, including a 55.76-pounder in 2006, although the average weight of winning fish has been 41.11 pounds. With a first-place prize of $20,000, the King of the Beach is one of the largest kingfish events in Florida. Old Salt members who register before April 22 pay $195 and nonmembers $215. Those members who register at the event will pay $215 and nonmembers $235. The club also needs help with missing information in its record book. If you know the winners of the fall 1993 and 1995 events, or have photos of former kings, email [email protected]

Wild West king series continues

Jim Naset and Team Pro Marine landed a 27.99-pound kingfish to win the season opener of the Wild West Kingfish Tournament Series April 6. Naset and company won $8,300 and now lead 27 other teams in the four-tournament series. Team Delosa's Doughmaker with Jim Breazeale finished second with a 27.66-pound fish worth $4,980, followed by Brian Hasson's Team Kindred Spear-It with a 21.38-pounder worth $3,320. Check out the weigh-in of the second series event at 5:30 p.m. April 21 at the John's Pass Village bell tower.

Swimming

17 to attempt up 24-miler in the bay

Seventeen swimmers will try to swim 24 miles from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge north to the Courtney Campbell Causeway in Tampa today as part of the 16th Tampa Bay Marathon Swim. Local swimmers include Chris Burke, 50, St. Petersburg; Mark Smitherman, 55, and Matthew Thomas, 35, both of Clearwater; Pat Marzulli, 64, Indian Rocks Beach; Ann von Spiegelfeld, 51, and Bart Cobb, 57, both of Tampa. This event has been listed as one of the 30 "World Swimming Majors" with a distance and degree of difficulty similar to the English Channel. To learn more, go to distancematters.com.

Send new to Terry Tomalin. at [email protected] or call (727) 893-8808.

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Comments

Captainís Corner: Good time for shallow-water flats fishing

Shallow-water flats fishing can be very exciting this time of year. Trout and redfish are available in good numbers, and the opportunities to catch some gator trout have made recent trips very rewarding. Some of the largest trout have been in very sk...
Published: 12/11/17
Updated: 12/13/17

Captainís Corner: Seek clear water for bottom fishing as temperatures plummet

The great weather, calm seas and exceptional fishing we experienced at the end of November and beginning of December came to a screeching halt with the cold front that came through. Surface water temperatures plummeted from an unseasonable 71 degrees...
Published: 12/11/17
Updated: 12/12/17

Captainís Corner: Sheepshead action lively in cooler weather

Conditions after the cold front are cool and are going to be for a while. That doesnít mean you canít or shouldnít fish. Many anglers get stuck on snook, reds and trout and forget how fun it is to catch sheepshead. Many reefs are already holding good...
Published: 12/09/17
Updated: 12/10/17

Captainís Corner: Fishing will return to normal, but when?

The severity of this cold front will determine the fishing forecast for the next several days. Bait that had been abundant inshore will scatter. Nearshore gulf waters will muddy, and water temperatures. at least temporarily. will plummet. How cold, h...
Published: 12/08/17
Captainís Corner: Planning around fronts can lead to productive days

Captainís Corner: Planning around fronts can lead to productive days

I canít believe we are in the last month of the year. And while this is one of my favorite months to fish, it will be controlled by weather. As cold fronts become more frequent and harsh, planning your trips around them will make the biggest differen...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/09/17

Captainís Corner: Strong results for redfish, speckled trout

This is a great time for variety. Combined trips for speckled trout and redfish are achieving excellent results. With the correct approach, great catches of both species are a reality now. The best anglers use the lightest tackle. Light rods and reel...
Published: 12/05/17
Updated: 12/07/17

Captainís Corner: Take advantage of abundant gag grouper before season ends

Gag grouper fishing and spearing is hot. The season for these grouper in the Gulf of Mexico is winding down, with a slated closure at the end of this month. The cooler water has the gags moving closer, and they are happy when the bottom temperatures ...
Published: 12/05/17

Captainís Corner: Bait schools near shore drawing kings, mackerel, bonito

Nearshore fishing is still going strong in north Pinellas. Bait schools are roaming just a couple of miles offshore, attracting kingfish, Spanish mackerel and bonito. The beaches are still holding sardines for cast netting at sunrise. I like to have ...
Published: 12/03/17
Updated: 12/05/17

Captainís Corner: This is the month to target gag grouper

With our current regulations in the Gulf, this is the best month to target gag grouper. Although the gag grouper season opens in June they are hard to come by for most months unless anglers travel to depths of 240 feet or more. With each passing cold...
Published: 12/03/17
Updated: 12/04/17

Captainís Corner: Speckled sea trout can be easily caught on artificial lures

Speckled sea trout are one of the most reliable targets this time of year. Grass flats are usually empty because of extreme low tides. That causes higher concentrations of fish on the edges and in the deeper grass flats. No live bait is needed. A red...
Published: 12/01/17