Saturday, February 17, 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: Springtime fishing patterns moving in

The first half of February has been hit or miss for inshore fishing. The consistent cold fronts and warmups seem to have the fish confused. The week ahead should be pretty good. The best bite has been midmorning into the afternoon. With temperatures ...
Published: 02/14/18
Updated: 02/15/18

Captainís Corner: Get an early start when chasing redfish

Redfish schools have started to invade the flats around Pinellas Point. On low tide in the morning, I look for a school on an outer sandbar. These fish are staged on the edge waiting for the tide to come in. Once the water level rises, the fish will ...
Published: 02/13/18

Captainís Corner: Baitfish in the shallows improves fly fishing

Seeing large groups of pelicans diving and catching baitfish in warmer, shallow water is a sure sign spring conditions are approaching. The appearance of quality baitfish will spark a feeding frenzy that should steadily improve flats fishing for fly ...
Published: 02/14/18
Updated: 02/16/18

Captainís Corner: Action picking up as temperature rises

The wind finally stopped blowing so hard that we couldnít go offshore. Water temperatures were still in the low 50s offshore at the beginning of the week, and this affected fish behavior. Because the water was calm, we ventured out to the 80- to 90-f...
Published: 02/11/18
Updated: 02/12/18

Captainís Corner: Topwater plugs a great option as warming trend continues

Warm weather for the past week has led to an increase in feeding activity for inshore fish species. Speckled trout have been venturing out of deep holes and channels and back into shallow water to feed. This has presented a great opportunity to fish ...
Published: 02/10/18
Updated: 02/11/18

Captainís Corner: Sardines make a great bait

Bait has made its way into the bay and the fish have been eating sardines with violent strikes. Look deep for bait, most of it has been in 20-plus feet of water. A little knowledge of how to read a bottom machine will help you secure the prized sardi...
Published: 02/08/18
Updated: 02/10/18

Captainís Corner: Fishing conditions have started to improve

The waters are still a bit cooler than the kind a bunch of fish like to aggressively chew in. Fishing conditions, however, have slowly but surely begun to improve. On a recon mission Tuesday, I visited both Sunshine Skyway bridge fishing piers and th...
Published: 02/08/18
Captainís Corner: Snook among species starting to flourish as water warms

Captainís Corner: Snook among species starting to flourish as water warms

This has been a cold year thus far as fronts have blasted the Tampa Bay area. Now things are beginning to warm up, and the transition from winter to spring begins. Every warm day takes us one step closer to some awesome fishing. As water temperatures...
Published: 02/06/18
Updated: 02/09/18

Captainís Corner: Great time to target redfish, trout

Redfish action has increased all over the region, while big wintertime trout is also a great option, if you know where to go. It is a prime time to catch both species on lures. Patterns have been somewhat inconsistent for redfish but exactly what you...
Published: 02/04/18
Updated: 02/07/18

Captainís Corner: Warmup holds promise of improved fishing

This weekís warmup is creating a buzz on the fishing scene. Januaryís onslaught of powerful cold fronts made it tough to get into any kind of a rhythm out on the water. Water temperatures have been creeping up this past week and the closer we get to ...
Published: 02/06/18