News Section: Fishing
Captain Favorite's Weekend Fishing Forecast Nov. 1, 2012
BRADENTON -- Sandy has created lots of wind that isn't good for fishing, but as the weather gets better, plenty of fishing opportunities will become available. Sheepshead are gathering around bridges and trout, and redfish and snook have been hitting live bait on the grass flats. Offshore, King mackerel, amberjack and barracuda can be caught just off the beaches and there are reports that redfish are running in the shallows.
- The recreational harvest season for gag grouper in most Gulf of Mexico waters and vermilion snapper in the Atlantic Ocean will close on Nov. 1. These closures are intended to reduce overfishing and increase the population of gag grouper and vermilion snapper.
- The gag grouper recreational harvest season in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters will close Nov. 1, with the final day of harvest being Oct. 31. This closure does not include state waters off Franklin, Jefferson, Wakulla and Taylor counties, which were open April 1 through June 30 this year, or state waters off Monroe County, which is currently open through Dec. 31 and is included in Atlantic gag grouper seasons and rules. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) manages marine fish from the shore to nine nautical miles in the Gulf of Mexico.
- The recreational harvest of vermilion snapper closes Nov. 1 in all state and federal Atlantic waters off Florida. State and federal waters off Monroe County that are south and east of U.S. 1 are included in this closure. The FWC manages marine fish from the shore to three nautical miles in the Atlantic.
Gradient flow continues to weaken as a trough shifts east of the state and high pressure builds in from the west. Expect winds and seas to continue to diminish through the weekend. May see a passing shower or two tomorrow with limited rain chances into the weekend. Next cold front passage may be possible by Tuesday.
West winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Isolated showers in the morning...then scattered showers in the afternoon. Thursday night will bring northwest winds around 5 knots then becoming north around 10 knots after midnight. Bay and inland waters a light chop.
Northeast winds around 10 knots then becoming north around 5 knots in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Friday night will bring northeast winds around 5 knots. Bay and inland waters smooth.
East winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Saturday night will bring east winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop.
East winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Sunday night will bring east winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop.
Merab is a writer at the Bradenton Times. She can be reached at email@example.com