Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Outdoors notes: Volunteers needed for Bahia Beach plantings

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plantings for Bahia Beach require help

Tampa Bay Watch needs 100 volunteers to plant salt marsh at Bahia Beach in Ruskin from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. This work day is family-friendly and open to environmentally conscious people of all ages. The 144-acre parcel, which will be restored to its natural state, was purchased by Hillsborough County through the Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program. The new marsh will provide habitat for fish, birds and mammals. To sign up, go to or call (727) 867-8166.


Longtime tarpon event nears start

Registration for the 79th Suncoast Tarpon Roundup gets under way from 7 to 9 tonight at Ferg's (1320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg). The tournament begins 6 a.m. May 18 and ends at 6 p.m. July 26. The Junior Fish-Off is scheduled for July 27, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. while the Regular Division Fish-Off is Aug. 3. For daily standings and tournament information go to suncoast


Permits for hunts require signup

For the past 16 years the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has offered unique fall-season hunts for deer, wild hog and released quail on selected state land. To learn more or apply for your permit, go to

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

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Captainís Corner: Devise a strategy before heading out into the cold

The quality of fishing this month depends on how many cold fronts are in our future. When the water creeps down below 60 degrees, many fish will slow their metabolism in order to survive. They require less food than in the warmer months, making some ...
Published: 01/16/18

Captainís Corner: Make sure the fly gets in front of a hungry fish

Back-to-back winter cold fronts not only confuse inshore fish but the fly fishers who pursue them. The most perfectly tied fly is not effective unless it is in front of a fish that is anxious to eat it. The best daytime tides, very low early and inco...
Published: 01/12/18
Updated: 01/14/18

Captainís Corner: Cold, windy days just fine for trout fishing

Trout have been my most productive target during the start of this new year. Winter cold fronts and cold water are making conditions difficult to target snook and reds. Strong winds from passing fronts make it hard to work the shallow-water flats. Th...
Published: 01/12/18
Updated: 01/13/18

Captainís Corner: Cold driving out kings, but there are alternatives

Mother Nature gives and she takes away. Nature gave us warm water and great king fishing until Dec. 31. She ushered in the new year with a severe cold front with high winds and rough seas that kept us in port every day. The cold air and overcast skie...
Published: 01/11/18
Updated: 01/12/18

Captainís Corner: Techniques for catching (and cooking) tasty sheepshead

Cold water has fishing in sort of slow motion. Middle bay temperatures (Gandy area) are holding in the 54-56 degree range. During this time of year the stalking of large snook and redfish take a back seat to finesse fishing and trying to figure out w...
Published: 01/10/18
Captainís Corner: Colder weather calls for different approaches

Captainís Corner: Colder weather calls for different approaches

With colder weather the first big change is what bait to use. Before the cold fronts in the first week we were using greenbacks and catching a bunch of snook. With the cold weather that has hit us we are now shifting gears and using shrimp and throwi...
Published: 01/08/18
Updated: 01/09/18

Captainís Corner: Winter need not interrupt fishing

The inevitable effects of wintertime fishing have finally arrived, but there are plenty of opportunities for the determined angler. Trout, both silver and specs, are cold water tolerant and among the best bets inshore. Now too is when schools of shee...
Published: 01/07/18
Updated: 01/08/18

Captainís Corner: With this cold, itís time for sheepshead

With cold air and water temperatures, nothing is hot when it comes it fishing. An eight-year recovery on snook erased by water temperatures in the 50s. January has not been kind so far. Thereís basically one solid option in times like these: sheepshe...
Published: 01/06/18
Updated: 01/07/18

Captainís Corner: Cold weather shouldnít stop you from targeting trout

Dealing with cold water is nothing new for trout anglers. Most often, fish head to deeper water as they seek more stable temperatures; consequently, deep water near your favorite grass flat will often hold schools of trout until the water temperature...
Published: 01/06/18

Captainís Corner: When weather calms, spearfishermen should target amberjack

Amberjack season opened Jan. 1 and as soon as the seas calm, many anglers and spearfishermen will be heading west into the Gulf of Mexico in search of these fish. The 2017 season was dramatically short, only left open by the Marine Fisheries Council ...
Published: 01/04/18
Updated: 01/05/18