Thursday, January 18, 2018
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: Cold weather brings different but effective fishing styles

This past week has seen a variety of different fishing styles prove effective. Fishing for trout in deeper depressions with live shrimp has provided steady action. Rig as follows: Use a ?-ounce jighead, grab a shrimp from the well and pinch the tail ...
Published: 01/17/18

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

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Published: 01/11/18
Updated: 01/12/18

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

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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