Friday, June 23, 2017

Fishing for tarpon at night

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-fishing-for-tarpon-at-night/2326677 Seeing a 150-pound, head-shaking, chrome-plated, twisting hunk of "steel" coming out of the water is awesome. Few moments are more spectacular than nighttime tarpon fishing by the light of the moon. On full moon...

The Skyway Report, 6/10/2017

By Paul Bristow The Tampa Bay Region had been as dry as a bone in 2017, but the torrential rains of the past week have certainly helped to remedy at least some of the drought...

Pompano have arrived, bringing fight and great eating

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-pompano-have-arrived-bringing-fight-and-great-eating/2326545 By Neil Taylor, Times Correspondent Wednesday, June 7, 2017 6:44pm What's hot: Pompano have hit full force in Tampa Bay.  An annual phenomena, we will catch pompano at will for the next four months.    ...

Fishing conditions change with heavy rains

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-fishing-conditions-change-with-heavy-rains/2326264 Monsoonal rains will bring a change to our local fishing scene. The drought we've been in is unusual this time of year. Freshwater helps to keep the shallows cool and fish active, and will...

Mangrove, yellowtail, lane are new snapper targets

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-mangrove-yellowtail-lane-are-new-snapper-targets/2326154 With the closing of red snapper season Saturday, mangrove, yellowtail and lane snappers are the new target species. But red snapper are still covering most of the offshore ledges and wrecks, so targeting the...

Red snapper-gag grouper season starts Thursday (June 1)

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-red-snapper-gag-grouper-season-starts-thursday-june-1/2325805 Anglers are excited about red snapper and gag grouper season, which starts today. Numerous clients are traveling from around the country to get in on the action. We have trips planned this month to...

Baitfish may be luring unusually large mangos into bay

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-baitfish-may-be-luring-unusually-large-mangos-into-bay/2325663 My best success recently has come from working a little farther up the bay. The bait has been more plentiful, and where there are baitfish, there will be predator fish following them. On Sunday,...

Get ready to catch some tasty Gag Grouper

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-get-ready-to-catch-some-tasty-gag-grouper/2325530 Gag grouper are perhaps the best tasting fish that we catch in the Gulf of Mexico around the Tampa Bay area. The season will reopen Thursday. Gag grouper can be caught using a variety...

Kingfish still around late in the season

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-kingfish-still-around-late-in-the-season/2325443 Hopefully the windy days and rough seas are behind us for a long time. Kingfish are usually pretty much gone by this time, but this year might be the exception. We've been able to...

The Skyway, Paul Bristow

Gag grouper season opened in the Tampa Bay region this week and the Sunshine Skyway Fishing Piers might be one of the best places anywhere to catch a fiery & fine-tasting gag from shore.  Many...