Saturday, May 26, 2018

Outdoors: Red snapper season changes, sailing awards and championships

Making news

FEDS lengthen Florida's Red Snapper season

Gulf of Mexico anglers will have a longer red snapper season in federal waters than they first thought, federal regulators announced Thursday. NOAA Fisheries, citing updated recreational landings data and new information from Louisiana and Texas, lengthened the season in federal waters (beyond 9 miles offshore) and increased the recreational and commercial harvest quotas. The federal season off Florida, which starts June 1, will increase from 21 days to 26. Florida state waters (shore to 9 miles out) will be open June 1 to July 24 with a two-fish bag limit.

Davis Island club sailor earns honor

Jane Millican, 25, from Apollo Beach was named the Florida Women's Sailing Association's young woman sailor of the year. Millican is the director of youth sailing at the Davis Island Yacht Club and attended USF. Millican and sailing partner Pat Crump won the North American Fireball championship in 2011 and the Fireball Nationals in 2012. This fall, the pair will again compete in the Fireball World Championship in Slovenia and the U.S. Sailing Invitational Championship of Champions Regatta in October in Columbia, S.C.

High school sailors reach Davis Island

Some of the country's top young sailors will compete in the High School Team Racing National Championship out of the Davis Island Yacht Club on Saturday and Sunday. The Interscholastic Sailing Association (ISSA) invited 12 teams to compete in double-handed, collegiate 420 sailboats. The Davis Island Youth Sailing Foundation will stream live video ( and post race scores at

Take up a paddle against cancer

More than 150 standup paddleboarders are expected Saturday for the third Paddle Against Cancer on Treasure Island. The race, organized by cancer survivor Gene Evans, has helped raise nearly $40,000 for the Moffitt Cancer Center since 2011. The free race features 3- and 7-mile courses and begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Club at Treasure Island.

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Captainís Corner: Redfish bite strong on afternoon high tide

Early morning stops at jetty rock piles have produced excellent action for a variety of species. Snook, redfish and trout are the targets. Free-lining live pilchards against the rocks at the strong part of the tide is your best opportunity for snook,...
Updated: 20 minutes ago
Captainís Corner: Swimmer crabs attract big permit

Captainís Corner: Swimmer crabs attract big permit

The outgoing tides of last weekendís new moon washed thousands of small swimmer crabs, known locally as "pass crabs," out of the estuaries and into the gulf. This suddenly abundant food source offshore works as a natural chum line and draws big permi...
Published: 05/22/18
Updated: 05/23/18

Speckled trout are our most prevalent species around the bay area. They spawn year-round, so their numbers are sustained. They are a flourishing species. For sport, trout are easier to catch than almost everything else we have in the Gulf of Mexico. ...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Captainís Corner: With full moon, tarpon are on the move

With the full moon this next week tarpon are moving down the beaches and making their way out of the bay and moving out to the bridges and the passes to feed before some of them leave to go out and spawn on the full moon. Early in the morning along t...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Captainís Corner: Cloudier water improves the bite

Windy conditions this week have actually slightly improved fishing. The waters of Saint Joseph sound had become so clear that it made finding fish easy, but getting bites very difficult. Snook have been gathering in great numbers all along the beache...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/21/18

Captainís Corner: Red grouper fishing continues to be good

Red grouper fishing continues to be steady in depths of 100-120 feet. Large bait stacks are holding a fish or two, but larger concentrations are on very small rolls and potholes in those depths. Zooming in on the bottom 10-15 feet of the water column...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/20/18

Captainís Corner: Catching a giant cobia

Cobia is the topic this week. Capt. Tom Markham, aboard the Simply Hooked, was beginning his daily bait routine. It turned out that one of the markers located near Clearwater Pass, surprisingly, had a giant fish waiting for him. The captain slid up t...
Published: 05/16/18

Captainís Corner: Tarpon showing up on beaches, bridges

This week shouldnít be a total wash out. While there is a chance of rain every day, it should only be sporadic. Hopefully it wonít dirty up the water too much. If you are a tarpon fisherman and look forward to their arrival like I do, then you are in...
Published: 05/14/18
Updated: 05/15/18

Captainís Corner: This is best time of year for bay area fishing

Itís the best time of year for fishing in the area. Tarpon can be targeted off of any of the bridges. The Gandy, Howard Frankland and Skyway are my top choices. While awaiting a tarpon strike, I kill time by dropping smaller baits for Spanish mackere...
Published: 05/13/18

Captainís Corner: Change tactics for fly fishing success

Most fly fishers would prefer minimum wind and cloudless skies to increase chances for a banner day. This has been a problem lately. The wind makes casting more difficult, unless very experienced, and clouds interfere with sight casting opportunities...
Published: 05/11/18
Updated: 05/14/18