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Captain Favorite's Weekend Fishing Forecast: Sept. 5, 2013
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BRADENTON – This weekend is the Tampa Boatshow! According to our contributing captain, Rick Grasset, tarpon and bonefish will become catch and release only for the first time. If you can dodge the afternoon thunderstorms, you can still target tarpon are also a good option around bridges at night and juveniles in creeks, canals and basins. Beat the heat by catch and release snook fishing before daylight in the ICW and then look for trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, tripletail and more in Sarasota Bay.
- This year’s Progressive Insurance Tampa Boat Show, the region’s premier boat show, makes a splash September 6-8, showcasing the best of boating with hundreds of new vessels to shop, plus the latest marine accessories and aquatic attractions for all ages.
- According to show manager Larry Berryman, the 48th annual event is a three-day boating extravaganza featuring activities for anyone interested in the boating lifestyle. “From fishermen to divers and novice boaters to experienced captains, the Progressive Insurance Tampa Boat Show has a wide range of activities to entertain and educate people of all ages and experience levels, including on-the-water training, a chance to SCUBA, dozens of boating and fishing seminars, and much more.”
- Tampa Boat Show will be held at the Tampa Convention Center Sept 6-8
- The recreational harvest season for Florida’s premier game fish, snook, opened Sept. 1 statewide. Unique to the region, snook are one of the many reasons Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World.
- While the fishery is more than 90 percent catch-and-release, the FWC encourages anglers to use moderation when determining whether or not to take a snook home. Gulf snook populations were negatively impacted by a 2010 cold kill. Gulf snook numbers currently exceed FWC’s management goals but are still rebuilding to pre-cold-kill levels, which is one of the reasons why it is important to handle fish with care in this region and use moderation when determining whether or not to harvest one.
- When releasing a snook, proper handling methods can help ensure the species’ abundance for anglers today and generations to come. To learn more about catch-and-release, the best way to handle a fish, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater” then “Recreational Regulations.”
- Two premier recreational fisheries have new protections in place, a measure aimed at ensuring that tarpon and bonefish’s economic and fishing value remain for generations to come. Tarpon and bonefish become catch-and-release only fisheries beginning Sept. 1.
- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved these proactive management measures at its June 12 meeting in Lakeland. The catch-and-release proposal was adopted in recognition of the fact that the economic and fishing values of bonefish and tarpon greatly exceed their value as food fishes.
- The following changes will go into effect Sept. 1 in state and federal waters off Florida:All harvest of tarpon will be eliminated, with the exception of the harvest or possession of a single tarpon when in pursuit of an International Game Fish Association record and in conjunction with a tarpon tag.
▪ Tarpon tags will be limited to one per person, per year except for properly licensed charter boat captains and fishing guides.
▪ Transport or shipment of tarpon becomes limited to one fish per person.
▪ There will be a one-fish-per-vessel limit for tarpon.
▪ Gear used for tarpon will be limited to hook-and-line only.
▪ Multiple hooks in conjunction with live or dead natural bait cannot be used to target or harvest tarpon, or to target bonefish.
▪ People will be allowed to temporarily possess a tarpon for photography, measurement of length and girth and scientific sampling, with the stipulation that tarpon more than 40 inches must remain in the water.
▪ Tarpon regulations will extend into federal waters.
▪ The bonefish tournament exemption permit is eliminated. This exemption allowed tournament anglers with the proper permit to temporarily possess bonefish for transport to a tournament scale.
To learn more about tarpon and bonefish, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater” and “Recreational Regulations.”
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High pressure will reside across northern Florida and the northern Gulf waters into early next week. This results in easterly flow but with a sea breeze near the coast each afternoon.
East winds around 5 knots. Bay and inland waters smooth. Isolated thunderstorms in the morning then scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. Thursday night will bring east winds around 5 knots. Bay and inland waters smooth. Isolated thunderstorms.
2013/09/05 Thu 01:19 a.m. 1.96 H
2013/09/05 Thu 07:30 a.m. 0.82 L
2013/09/05 Thu 01:19 p.m. 2.4 H
2013/09/05 Thu 08:13 p.m. 0.67 L
East winds around 5 knots then becoming northeast in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters smooth. Isolated thunderstorms in the morning then scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. Friday night will bring east winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Scattered thunderstorms in the evening.
2013/09/06 Fri 01:35 a.m. 2.08 H
2013/09/06 Fri 08:08 a.m. 0.67 L
2013/09/06 Fri 01:57 p.m. 2.33 H
2013/09/06 Fri 08:37 p.m. 0.78 L
Northeast winds around 5 knots. Bay and inland waters smooth. Isolated thunderstorms in the morning, then scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. Saturday night will bring east winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Scattered thunderstorms in the evening.
2013/09/07 Sat 01:55 a.m. 2.22 H
2013/09/07 Sat 08:49 a.m. 0.54 L
2013/09/07 Sat 02:39 p.m. 2.23 H
2013/09/07 Sat 09:02 p.m. 0.91 L
Northeast winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Isolated thunderstorms in the morning then scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. Sunday night will bring east winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Isolated thunderstorms in the evening.
2013/09/08 Sun 02:21 a.m. 2.35 H
2013/09/08 Sun 09:34 a.m. 0.45 L
2013/09/08 Sun 03:25 p.m. 2.09 H