Friday, May 26, 2017

The Skyway, Paul Bristow

As the Silver Kings continued their annual invasion of the Tampa Bay Estuary this past week, the theme from JAWS could also be heard playing in the background at the Sunshine Skyway Fishing Piers... ...

Get ready for a tarpon frenzy

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-get-ready-for-a-tarpon-frenzy/2323187 With our spring run of kingfish winding down, many will focus on the mighty silverking. The days surrounding Tuesday's full moon will likely jumpstart a tarpon frenzy that frankly doesn't need much help. There...

Flounder have returned to inshore locations

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-flounder-have-returned-to-inshore-locations/2323069 Flounder, after the winter months offshore, have returned to inshore locations. It will not be difficult to catch them for the next eight months. But flounder are frustrating. You are going to lose a...

Underwater visibility improving for spearfishermen

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-underwater-visibility-improving-for-spearfishermen/2322955 Underwater visibility has been poor the past few weeks, but it is starting to improve. Spearfishermen must consider underwater visibility when choosing tactics and gear. Bad visibility can shut down spearing. We have to...

Focus on offshore fishing

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-focus-on-offshore-fishing/2322794 Things are a little out of sorts for the annual spring migration of kingfish in our area. The migration was on track to be here a bit earlier than normal, but a late-season cold...

Deeper gulf waters outproducing shallow depths

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-deeper-gulf-waters-outproducing-shallow-depths/2322203 This spring brought many surprises the past two weeks for our clients. We were rewarded with giant red grouper, blackfin tuna and numerous kingfish. Some impressive sized lane snapper and sea bass were also...

The Skyway, Paul Bristow

The first week of May saw a strange mixture of fishing patterns at the Sunshine Skyway Fishing Piers, and anglers willing to pursue the best bites found success with certain species.  May began quite...

May 2017: Florida Kayak Fishing Forecast

May 2017 By Neil Taylor and capmel.com kayak fishing staff contributors Around the state: The word is out:  Fishing all over the great state of Florida is exceptionally good.    Will the heat of summer come early for...

Neil Taylor: The Kayak Report

The month of the Captain Mel Classic:  Now in the books, the seventh annual event was another great success with many fun stories and a whole lot of great things for the community.   Charity...

Baitfish appear less abundant

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-baitfish-appear-less-abundant/2322051 With the water temperature around 76 degrees, where are the hordes of schoolie kingfish that should be gorging on baitfish as they migrate north to the Panhandle? It may be that baitfish such as...