Thursday, March 30, 2017

Cold fronts and cooler water are firing things up

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-cold-fronts-and-cooler-water-are-firing-things-up/2303833 With cold fronts starting to roll in to the Tampa Bay area, water temperatures are dropping into the mid to low 70s, which has the bite fired up inshore and offshore. Snook fishing is...

Skyway Report, Paul Bristow 12/23/2016

The Tampa Bay region is posting a weather forecast for the 2016 holiday season that would have executives at almost any tourism department doing cartwheels.  Whether you are a serious angler, just learning to fish saltwater or...

Keep live well full as warm weather moves in

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-keep-live-well-full-as-warm-weather-moves-in/2317412 This past late-season blast of blustery cold kept us on the sheepshead bite a little longer. Live shrimp had been our go-to bait for the sheepshead as it also drew the attention of snapper,...

Warm weather keeps fishing hot

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-warm-weather-keeps-fishing-hot/2307720 Kingfish, Spanish mackerel, bonita and barracuda and the various schooling baitfish usually have left the area shortly after Thanksgiving for the warmer, more comfortable Keys and farther south. This year is an exception. We're...

Be cautious during high winds, rough seas

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-be-cautious-during-high-winds-rough-seas/2311251 High winds and rough seas kept us in port for 10 straight days doing boat and tackle maintenance. More than 30 years in the charter sport-fishing industry has made me realize there is no...

September 2016 Florida Kayak Fishing Forecast

September 2016 By Neil Taylor and capmel.com kayak fishing staff contributors Around the state: Rebirth for anglers all over the state starts in the month of September.    August is very much like January, a time when people...

Winter storms bring cloudy water

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-winter-storms-bring-cloudy-water/2311300 A recent storm front was loaded with lots of wind and a bit of rain, bringing a considerable change to our surprisingly comfortable winter. Winter storms can create rough sea conditions and make a...

For good fishing and eating, target sheepshead

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-for-good-fishing-and-eating-target-sheepshead/2314032 Sheepshead have been the primary target recently for families looking for a lot of action and a fresh fish dinner. Our focus has been on artificial reefs in the open part of the bay,...

Times, Capt Dave Z.- Spanish Mackerel

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/outdoors/captains-corner-spanish-mackerel-beef-up/2289358 Spanish mackerel have finally shown up in quantity in the gulf. Until recently the only anglers successful targeting them were those fishing Tampa Bay. Once the mackerel arrived, so did their predators, which include...

The Kayak Report: 8/1/2016

Late July heat. I think the best news is that the days are getting shorter. Though a lot of hot days are still ahead, more consistent fishing has to be arriving shortly. Schools of...