Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Outdoors

Outdoors notes: Locals named to annual U.S. national sailing team

Making news

Two Locals Named to U.S. Sailing Team

Clearwater's Paige Railey and Tampa's Brad Kendall were among the 34 athletes named to the 2013 U.S. national team announced by U.S. Sailing on Wednesday. Railey, who represented the United States at the 2012 Summer Olympics, sails Laser Radial, and Kendall joins Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), and Hugh Freund (Brookline, Mass.) on a Sonar team.

Sailors team to tame Miami event

St. Petersburg native Mark Mendelblatt and teammate Brian Fatih of Miami emerged as the overall winners at Miami Sailing Week last week, which featured five, one-design fleets. Mendelblatt and Fatih, who represented the United States in the Star class at the 2012 Olympics, beat more than 50 other Star teams.

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Gear up

Eckerd College is having its annual marine yard sale starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Eckerd College Waterfront (4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg). The sale features used equipment, from boats to VHF radios. Contact Scott Ferrara at [email protected] or (727) 864-8555 for more information.

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

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3/17 10:40 4:30 11:10 4:55

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3/19 12:00 6:15 12:25 6:40

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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...
Updated: 7 hours ago

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