Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Outdoors

Outdoors Planner: Paddle Against Cancer, Weedon Island Preserve, Boating Safety Week

FOR A GOOD CAUSE: PADDLE AGAINST CANCER

Standup paddleboarding is the fastest-growing water sport, a great workout for your core, and fun to boot. This weekend at Paddle Against Cancer, you can do something good for others at the same time. In this benefit for Moffitt Cancer Center, choose from a 3-mile or 7-mile paddle around Treasure Island through the Intracoastal Waterway, followed by a party at the Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway. It starts at 9 a.m. Saturday. $35 minimum donation. (727) 288-7390.

WEE-TIME: WEEDON ISLAND PRESERVE

There's never a shortage of things to do at Weedon Island Preserve in St. Petersburg. The 3,190-acre natural area is a well-known Tampa Bay birding and fishing site and features boardwalks and trails for some scenic hiking. Recurring events include the Saturday Guided Hike to learn about the environment and history from 9-11 a.m. Saturday and Wee-time at Weedon, which includes story-related crafts, games and other hands-on activities for ages 3-5 at 11 a.m. today. This week also features a pair of archaeology events. In Archaeology Works: Hunting Technology, learn how studying ancient natural materials and habitats from the past can help you understand present surroundings from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday. And in Volunteer Archaeology Lab, join the Florida Public Archaeology Network 10 a.m.-noon Friday to learn about methods archaeologists use to recreate the technologies of early Florida residents. All events are free, but registration is required. (727) 453-6500. weedonislandpreserve.org.

BE SAFE: NATIONAL BOATING SAFETY WEEK

If you're planning to get out on the water anytime soon (hey, it's almost Memorial Day weekend), take note that this week is National Boating Safety Week. For details on Florida safety regulations, tips and classes (including ones teens can take for high school credit), see myfwc.com/boating/safety-education.

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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

Captainís Corner: Cooler weather lures decent gag grouper

Mild temperatures have allowed anglers to get out and explore many areas. Cooler weather has lured decent gag grouper. We expected them to arrive in the past month, and they havenít disappointed. Numerous rocks in 20- to 120-foot depths seem to be ho...
Published: 11/30/17

Captainís Corner: Donít have to go far offshore for grouper

When most anglers think of bottom fishing for grouper, they usually think that means taking a long run offshore. During late November and early December, grouper migrate close to shore, so a long run might not be necessary. There are times we target ...
Published: 11/28/17
Updated: 11/29/17