Monday, December 11, 2017
Outdoors

Take it Outside Planner: Freestyle Motocross show, Gulf surfing and big in-water boat show

EXTREMES: MOTO MADNESS

More than 40 of the world's top extreme athletes — skateboarders, BMX riders and freestyle motocross maniacs — will catch big air at the inaugural St. Pete Action Sports event on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at Al Lang Stadium, St. Petersburg. Top board riders include 27-time X Games medalist Bob Burnquist; 23-time X Games medalist Andy MacDonald; 10-time X Games gold medalist Bucky Lasek and nine-time X Games gold medalist Pierre-Luc Gagnon. Action sports fans will love the Big Air Triples, which features BMX riders doing three consecutive jumps on a 200-foot-long by 32-foot-high ramp. The Freestyle Motocross show will also feature some big names such as Adam Jones, Mike Mason, Taka Higoshino and Javier Villegas. Single-day tickets: general admission $30; child (ages 3-12) $20. Two-day tickets: general admission $50; child (ages 3-12) $40. General admission student tickets (with valid student ID) are $20. stpeteactionsports.com.

CAtch a wave: GULF SURFING

The west coast of Florida has two surf seasons: summer and winter. Lots of surfers converge on local beaches when a stray tropical storm swings by. But from late October to early April, the Suncoast typically endures a dozen good cold fronts, each one kicking up two or three days of rideable surf. Only die-hard youngsters and veteran board riders, a.k.a. the "gray beards" and "silver backs," venture into surf in 60-degree water temperatures. But with a little insider knowledge and the right attitude you can ride some waves in the coming months without driving across the state to the east coast. Check out the new website, surfingthegulf.com. It's sponsoring a photo contest, so bring your digital camera in a dry box when you head out and see if your surf pic makes the cut.

Look and dream: BOAT SHOW

If you are looking for a little more laid-back fun, check out the St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show, the largest in-water boat show on Florida's Gulf Coast, which runs today through Sunday at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts — Mahaffey Theater Yacht Basin and Albert Whitted Park. Entering its 37th year, the show offers fun-filled days for families, boaters and marine enthusiasts of all ages and will feature an impressive display of powerboats, sailboats, marine electronics and products. To learn more, go to showmanagement.com.

GREAT GIFT IDEA: Cool sunglasses

Costa del Mar's new Rooster style won Best Eyewear in the 2015 ICAST (International Convention of Sportfishing Trades) New Product Showcase in Orlando last summer. The new style offers a large-fit design and features built-in side shields to block incoming glare, as well as vents to alleviate lens fogging, a big plus when you are fishing the Florida flats. These sunglasses make an ideal gift for your favorite angler or water sport enthusiast. List price: $249. www.costadelmar.com

     
   
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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...
Updated: 11 hours ago

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