Thursday, December 13, 2012
Snook season is currently closed in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters, and will remain closed through Aug. 31, 2013, to give the fish time to fully rebound from severe cold weather in 2010 that killed many snook.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The recreational harvest of snook will close in all Atlantic waters, including the inland waters of Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, beginning Dec. 15, with the last day of harvest being Dec. 14. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the season will reopen in the Atlantic’s state and federal waters Feb. 1, 2013. Snook season is currently closed in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters, and will remain closed through Aug. 31, 2013, to give the fish time to fully rebound after many died from severe cold weather in 2010. The extended Gulf harvest closure will help protect snook populations this winter, when they are most vulnerable to cold weather, and give snook added protection during next spring and …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The changes will modify income requirements for many of Florida veterans seeking a commercial restricted species endorsement.
Florida and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officially made changes to commercial licensing requirements on Veterans Day. The changes, according to the FWC, will make it easier for Florida veterans and veterans with disabilities to enter the commercial fishing industry. “We have a tremendous opportunity not only to give thanks to the men and women that served our nation so courageously, but also to provide them with more support so they can pursue careers in fishing here in Florida," said Florida Gov. Rick Scott. "This initiative will expand job opportunities for our veterans and get more folks involved in the commercial fishing industry, which is a win-win for Florida.” FWC officials said the changes will modify …
Sunday, October 14, 2012
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office asks for help identifying a man found "struggling" in a creek behind a small shopping center on U.S. 19. in Clearwater.
A man drowned in a Clearwater lake after two men who had been fishing behind a small shopping center on U.S. 19 saw him "struggling in the water" Sunday afternoon, authorities said. The fishermen said the man, who was wearing blue jean shorts, became unresponsive as they tried to rescue him. They called emergency officials around 2:45 p.m., according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. The 51-year-old man was taken to Largo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead around 3:40 p.m., according to a news release. Deputies say the man very recently relocated to Pinellas County and is believed to be from South Carolina. His name will be released after his family is notified. Anyone with information about this individual, which may help…
Monday, October 8, 2012
Many local commercial fishing boats are based at Palm Harbor marinas. Beginning Oct. 16, boats operating more than three nautical miles offshore must undergo a mandatory safety examination, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard urges commercial fishing vessel operators to take advantage of voluntary safety examinations prior to the enforcement of new requirements Oct. 16. All commercial fishing, fish tender and fish processing vessels that operate or transit more than three nautical miles offshore must demonstrate full compliance with fishing industry vessel safety regulations during a dockside safety examination. To demonstrate compliance with this new requirement, fishermen are encouraged to contact Coast Guard fishing vessel safety examiners to obtain a Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Decal. The examination requirement is one of several new mandates established by the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010. The act requires a mandatory safety …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Clearwater is in the top ten in voting for the World Fishing Network contest which looks to crown the "Ultimate Fishing Town."
The Clearwater Municipal Marina is home to the largest fleet in Florida, including plenty of comercial fisherman and charter captains. Now make Clearwater the "Ultimate Fishing Town." The World Fishing Network contest pits cities across the country in a vote that lasts through May. Vote up to four times a day. In addition to being home to the largest fishing fleet on Florida's west coast, anglers can cast by boat, shore or one of many piers including Pier 60 which is always open and goes 1,000 feet into the Gulf. According to the page to vote for Clearwater on the World Fishing Network: The Pier boasts several record-breaking catches and species include Snook, Tarpon, Pompano, Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Spotted Sea Trout and …
Monday, May 9, 2011
Hundreds of kids ages 5 to 12 lined the railings at Pier 60 and dipped their fishing lines into the Gulf as they participated in the 10th annual YMCA Kids’ Fishing Rodeo Saturday.
Fish didn't stand a chance Saturday. Hundreds of kids ages 5 to 12 lined the railings at Pier 60 and dipped their fishing lines into the Gulf as they participated in the 10th annual YMCA Kids’ Fishing Rodeo. While many young anglers caught a variety of fish, all the kids were there to have fun and participate in an event that has become a staple on the YMCA of the Suncoast calendar. “We are very happy with the turnout we had this year,” event chairman Sim Dawson said as he went around helping kids with their catches. “The first year we had about 300 (participants), so to get 250 this year, we’re pleased with that.” For a donation of $10, participants received a rod and reel, tackle box, tee shirt and a lunch. Those who weren’t able to …
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
The Kids Fishing Rodeo is at Pier 60 Saturday. Proceeds from the event benefit the YMCA’s Open Doors program.
The YMCA of the Suncoast, which has branches in Pinellas, Pasco, Citrus and Hernando counties, is known for its many services, programs and activities, which include camps, sports, aquatic training and wellness centers. But one service that goes unnoticed by many people is the Open Doors program. Ironic, because it might just be the most important program of them all. The Open Doors program is designed to help provide financial assistance to those who cannot afford the programs the YMCA offers. In order to raise money for these scholarships, the YMCA holds various fundraisers including fishing tournaments. Each year, nearly $2 million dollars is raised and devoted to membership scholarships. That money is given out to qualified applicants …
Friday, February 11, 2011
A big sheepshead spawn is upon bay area anglers, but the 'convict fish' aren't the only species anglers will be targeting.
Over the next 30 days, look for the bait-stealing “convict fish” -- the sheepshead -- to be many Tampa Bay inshore anglers' top target. The sheepshead's big spawn in upon us, and the tasty sheepies can be found around their typical hidey holes such as rock piles, oyster beds, docks and even mangrove lines on high tide. Sheepshead feed primarily on crustaceans, such as shrimp, crabs, mussels and barnacles, and anglers should use small hooks – about a No. 4, to match the sheepshead's small mouths. A 10- or 12-pound test line and 20-pound fluorocarbon leader is necessary as well. Also, if water temperatures warm, we could have migratory fish, such as Spanish mackerel and kingfish, cruising through from the south. Until then, bay area anglers …