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Friday, October 20, 2017

Outdoors

Captain’s Corner: Underwater visibility still an issue when spearfishing

Those who spearfish are still having issues with finding underwater visibility conducive to good hunting. In the shallow offshore areas, depths from 30 to 60 feet, visibility has recently started to improve. At the beginning of this week, our divers ...
Published: 10/18/17

Captain’s Corner: With October cool comes perfect fishing conditions

October is the month to be on the water since the temperature is almost perfect for fishing. There are Spanish mackerel, big schools of jacks and blacktip sharks all over the bay and beaches providing nonstop action. While you can catch the jacks on ...
Published: 10/15/17

Captain's Corner: Baitfish cover beaches as fall fishing kicks into high gear

Fall fishing is in full swing. The beaches are covered in baitfish. Threadfin herring and scaled sardines can be found up and down the Suncoast. Migratory species are preying on these bait schools. Spanish mackerel, kingfish, cobia, bonita, sharks an...
Published: 10/13/17

Captain's Corner: Night mangrove fishing keeps rolling

The night mangrove snapper bite offshore remains red hot. Good-sized fish have been active in depths of 90 feet or more off Tarpon Springs. We ran an overnight trip recently and were surprised how good snapper started to bite after sundown. Even with...
Published: 10/12/17

Captain's Corner: Fall trolling season is here

For years I've claimed the traditional day for the start of fall trolling season is Oct. 10 (Columbus Day). This year is no exception, even with the gulf stirred up by hurricanes. Spanish mackerel and bonita are here in numbers along with their apex ...
Published: 10/11/17

Captain's Corner: Fish the incoming tide; flats lively

Seems the bay has had a good flushing over the past month. The draining associated with Hurricane Irma and the flooding with Hurricane Nate has really moved water around. Flats have been lively the past few days. Try to fish the incoming tide when po...
Published: 10/10/17

Captain's Corner: Focus on mackerel while waiting for fall kingfish run

Mackerel have picked up the slack as we wait for the bigger number of kingfish to show up. East winds have drawn huge schools of bait into 20- to 25-foot depths over some of the hard-bottom areas along the gulf beaches. Big numbers of opportunistic m...
Published: 10/08/17

Captain's Corner: Snook in transition

Snook are transitioning from summer holding spots to backwater feeding spots where they will fatten up before heading up creeks and rivers to winter. Targeting edges of grass flats at low tide, we have been picking up redfish, trout and a few snook a...
Published: 10/06/17

Captain's Corner: Spearfishing still struggling with water clarity thanks to Irma

For anglers, offshore fishing has been good. For spearfishermen, not so good. The bite has been strong since Hurricane Irma. Gag and red groupers, mangrove snapper and scamp grouper have been bending plenty of rods over the past few weeks. Divers hav...
Published: 10/05/17

Captain's Corner: Here comes the gag grouper migration By Steve Papen, Times Correspondent

With falling water temperatures and acres of bait fish heading into nearshore waters off the coast, expect the fall migration of gag grouper to be in full swing with the next two or three cold fronts that make their way into the central Gulf of Mexic...
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