Thursday, September 20, 2018

Outdoors

Captainís Corner: Bait available close to shore

Consecutive days of easterly winds have calmed the nearshore gulf waters and have drawn bait schools practically to the beach. A mix of whitebait, greenbacks and even a few juvenile Spanish sardines can be cast-netted with relative ease inside the sw...
Published: 09/07/18
Updated: 09/08/18

Captainís Corner: Pinfish top bait to catch redfish

The first signs of redfish rejuvenation for the fall have happened. Large schools of big fish can be intercepted in the right parts of Tampa Bay. Suffering to the south, redfish are in good shape in almost all other areas of the state. Redfish are pr...
Published: 09/03/18
Updated: 09/07/18

Captainís Corner: Baits thriving in upper portion of Tampa Bay

The rain-cooled waters of Tampa Bay are providing much better fishing. Baits of all kinds are thriving in the upper portion of the bay. Schools of scaled sardines are holding over shallow grass flats in open water. Chumming up the sardines with tropi...
Published: 09/06/18

Captainís Corner: Florida Middle Grounds and the Elbow best spots for hogfish

Ledges, rock piles and hard-bottom areas are still presenting good numbers of hogfish. In the average diving depths of 30-70 feet, hogfish are still showing good populations. There are also strong numbers in deeper water. The top areas have been the ...
Updated one month ago
Let’s Take it Outside: Exploring Great Smoky Mountain adventures

Let’s Take it Outside: Exploring Great Smoky Mountain adventures

Outdoor Adventures are plentiful in the Smoky Mountains and the cooler year-round temperatures are a great way to beat the Florida heat. A quick day’s drive will bring you to my favorite place in North Carolina: the NOC "Nantahala Outdoor Cente...
Updated one month ago
Captainís Corner: Live and frozen baits attracting grouper

Captainís Corner: Live and frozen baits attracting grouper

Grouper fishing has been the most consistent in depths of 90-120 feet of water. Concentrate on the edges of hard bottom and potholes for red grouper in the 8- to 15-pound range. Live and frozen baits are producing about the same, though most of the l...
Updated one month ago
Captainís Corner: Summerís end brings changes in fish habits

Captainís Corner: Summerís end brings changes in fish habits

Though on the calendar summerís end is drawing near, temperatures in Florida will remain in the mid 80s and low 90s for quite a while. However, fish know that itís time to start migrating back toward their transitional locations for fall. Snook are s...
Updated one month ago

Captainís Corner: Tide is key to finding favorite fishing spots

Small redfish schools are active in the Pinellas Point area after all of the afternoon thunderstorms have dropped the water temperature below 84 degrees. I have spots for a low tide and a high tide. Low-tide spots can be the most difficult to find. R...
Updated one month ago

Captainís Corner: Fishing continues to be hot as area mostly avoids Red Tide so far

We continue to be spared of Red Tide. While it has moved north a bit, itís still way offshore. I expect it to stay there with the constant southeast winds. Monday and Tuesday look to be wet days as a subtropical wave of rain moves through our area. T...
Updated one month ago

Captainís Corner: Recent rains can help with Red Tide

Numerous weather conditions can, naturally, correct bad effects from Red Tide. This recent session of rainy days brings good news. Water temperatures are slowly dropping from the 90-degree mark. The algae bloom thrives on warmer water temperatures; c...
Updated one month ago