Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Outdoors

Take it Outside Planner: Tampa Bay Boat Show, Wanderlust, bike the Withlacoochee State Trail

FULL DECK: TAMPA BAY BOAT SHOW

Buying a boat is a big investment, so this weekend's Tampa Bay Boat Show at the Florida State Fairgrounds is a good way to do literal, side-by-side comparisons of the various models. Looking for a shallow-draft skiff to go on the flats or a tricked-out motor boat? Before you go, figure out your priorities. Do you value comfort over fuel economy? Form over function can affect the usefulness, and you may find yourself wishing you'd held out for more storage or a platform for scuba diving and fishing. The research and comparison shopping pays off. In addition to boating and fishing supplies, fishing guides and local experts will share tips on how to catch the big one. The show, presented by the Tampa Bay Times, is from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Free admission; $6 parking. 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (727) 893-8523. tampabay.com/expos.

BIG STRETCH: WANDERLUST 108

Called a "field day for your mind, body and soul," the huge outdoor yoga and wellness festival Wanderlust 108 is making its first stop in Tampa on Sunday at Curtis Hixon Park. The day starts with a "run, skip or walk" 5K at 9 a.m., followed by a massive yoga class then a variety of guest lectures and fitness classes, 30-minute guided meditation classes and the Kula Marketplace. Some activities, such as the Hula Hoop class, are already full. Tickets start at $44, $20 lunch. 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Sunday. 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. wanderlust.com.

ROLL OUT: RAILS TO TRAILS RIDE

Get ready to ride. The 22nd annual Rails to Trails Bike Ride on the Withlacoochee State Trail is Oct. 2. What used to be railroad tracks is now a 12-foot wide, paved 46-mile trail that opened for bikers and hikers in 1992. (There's even horseback riding available on a separate trail adjacent to the paved trail.) One of the longest such trails in the state, it extends from near Dunnellon to Dade City. It connects scenic small towns and goes through the beautiful Withlacoochee State Forest. The ride starts at the iconic Red Caboose at the Inverness trailhead (315 N Apopka Ave., Inverness). Riders of all levels will get a continental breakfast, hot lunch, five fully-stocked rest stops and volunteer support while riding from 1 to 100 miles. Those completing a Century (100 miles) or Metric Century (62K) will receive medals and certificates, and will get to ring the historic locomotive bell. Sign up early to be eligible for door prizes, including three bikes and weekend getaways. Registration is $30, $15 ages 12 and younger. Online registration ends Sept. 30 at 4:30 p.m., but walkup registrations will be accepted at the ride from 6:30-9 a.m. rttwst.org.

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Captainís Corner: Offshore fishing will be strong for awhile

June and July offer some of the yearís best offshore fishing. Targets such as red snapper, blackfin tuna, mahi≠mahi, wahoo and sailfish make their way through our area and make appearances on many trips to depths of 120 feet or more. Red snapper are ...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Captainís Corner: Itís a good time to focus on snook

Snook have been a main focus on my most recent trips. This time of year, snook inhabit the beaches, gathering in the ditches and swashes along shore. Jetties or rock structures are also a favorite habitat for snook to lurk, looking to ambush bait fis...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18

Captainís Corner: Tips on targeting American Red Snapper

American Red Snapper (ARS) season opened a few days ago and some types of bottom are holding bigger schools of ARS then other bottom types. The hard bottom areas that most fishermen prefer are holding large schools of ARS, but the fish have yet to m...
Published: 06/18/18

Captainís Corner: Trout bite at its best

The trout bite has been the best Iíve seen all year. Fish up to 26 inches have been common recently. Fish are sitting on the flatsí deeper edges, where the water is deeper and cooler, and moves a little more swiftly. Live sardines and hard plastic ba...
Published: 06/16/18
Updated: 06/17/18

Captainís Corner: Fishing this month is all about diversity

This is the month of diverse opportunity. The choice of species is unlimited, as long as you have the bait. You can target snook and tarpon in the morning, then fish for Spanish mackerel, bluefish, snapper, sharks and cobia in the afternoon. The tarp...
Published: 06/15/18

Captainís Corner: When itís tarpon time, itís also shark time

Tarpon get most of the attention when talking about exciting fly action for large fish in our area. Baitfish are more prolific, and large tarpon follow their forage and populate most of our local waters. Following them are fish that consider tarpon t...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/14/18

Captainís Corner: This is your best time for tarpon fishing

Now is the best time to target tarpon. Silver kings are cruising the beaches on their yearly migration up and down the stateís west coast. This weekís strong new moon tides and the strong full moon tides in two weeks provide some of the best action f...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/13/18

Captainís Corner: Turn attention to gag grouper and red snapper

Attention has turned to gag grouper and red snapper for many offshore fishermen. Red snapper can be best targeted in waters 105 feet and deeper, with some available in water as shallow as 60 feet. Although the snapper will be found on high profile st...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/12/18

Captainís Corner: Pompano popping up at passes, along beach

Over the past few weeks, pompano have started to appear around the passes and along the beach. These tasty members of the jack family are one of the most difficult fish to find and keep track of. Just when you think youíve figured out a reliable time...
Published: 06/10/18
Updated: 06/11/18

Captainís Corner: Many fish now in their deep summer areas

Many fish have moved into their deep summer areas. This has been the pattern the past week. Snook are in their spawning areas waiting for the tide and moon to align. Iíve been leaving them alone and opting for the more steady action trout have been p...
Published: 06/08/18
Updated: 06/10/18