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Captain Favorite's Fishing Forum: Sept. 9, 2013
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Bryan Gibson, from St. Pete, FL, fished Sarasota Bay with his dad and Capt. Rick Grassett, and caught and released this 4-pound trout on a DOA Deadly Combo.
The FWC has eliminated a supplemental recreational red snapper harvest, and a closure for several grouper species in Gulf waters, providing anglers with additional fishing opportunities. The FWC also passed two measures for catching tarpon: anglers can no longer snag a tarpon, nor use a weight that hangs lower than your hook when fishing for them. Capt. Rick Grassett says action in the coastal gulf is about to get hot! Baitfish are becoming plentiful and predators will be close behind them. Reds are schooling in Sarasota Bay.
- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) today approved an Oct. 1-21 supplemental recreational red snapper season in Gulf state waters for 2013 and eliminated a Feb. 1 – March 31 closure affecting several species of grouper in Gulf of Mexico state waters and a Nov. 1 – March 31 recreational season closure for vermilion snapper in Atlantic state waters. The elimination changes go into effect before the scheduled closures would have occurred. The season eliminations will also make state regulations consistent with federal regulations.
- State waters are from shore to 9 nautical miles in the Gulf and from shore to 3 nautical miles in the Atlantic. Federal waters extend out from where state waters end to about 200 nautical miles.
- The Oct. 1-21 supplemental recreational red snapper season in Gulf state waters is for 2013 only. An October supplemental season has also been proposed for Gulf federal waters. Federal fishery managers are still analyzing recreational harvest estimates for the 2013 regular season to determine whether or not to open the recreational red snapper season in Gulf federal waters. NOAA Fisheries Service is expected to make an announcement regarding the potential federal season sometime in the next few weeks.
- Grouper species affected by elimination of the Feb. 1 – March 31 Gulf closure include black, red, red hind, rock hind, scamp, yellowfin and yellowmouth. Grouper species in state waters off Monroe County are managed by Atlantic state regulations and, therefore, are not affected by this change.
- In federal waters, the Feb. 1 – March 31 closure was recently removed in waters shoreward of 20 fathoms or about 120 feet deep.
- The Feb. 1 – March 31 closure was adopted as an effort to rebuild gag grouper populations during the spawning season. Today, gag grouper is managed separately from other Gulf groupers with its own harvest season, which is open July 1 through Dec. 3 in most state and all federal waters. Removing this closure will provide anglers with additional opportunities to fish for many species of grouper during February and March in Gulf state waters.
- Thanks to successful state and federal fishery management, vermilion snapper populations have improved. In 2008, the Atlantic vermilion snapper population was considered to be undergoing overfishing, which means more fish were being removed from the population than was considered sustainable. At the time, state and federal fishery managers implemented several management changes, including bag limit reductions and the five-month season closure for the recreational fishery. A 2012 stock assessment revealed these management actions were successful in rebuilding vermillion snapper numbers. Reopening the season will positively benefit recreational anglers by providing additional fishing opportunities.
- Learn more about Gulf grouper, Gulf red snapper and Atlantic vermilion snapper by visiting MyFWC.com/Fishing and clicking on “Saltwater” then “Recreational Regulations.”
- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), at its Sept. 5 meeting in Pensacola, approved a two-part proposal that adds language to the current statewide snagging definition for tarpon and modifies what types of gear can be used when fishing in Boca Grande Pass. These changes go into effect Nov. 1.
- “The actions taken today by the Commission represent a historic move to further protect this iconic fish,” said Commissioner Kenneth Wright. “One day, there will be a chapter on these conservation measures in a book on proactive fishery protection.”
- The first part of the adopted changes include adding language to the snagging definition to prohibit catching or attempting to catch tarpon that have not been attracted or enticed to strike an angler’s gear. This change will apply to tarpon fishing statewide. The current definition for snagging or snatch-hooking is the intentional catch of a fish by any device intended to impale or hook the fish by any part of its body other than the mouth. Adding language specifying that gear must entice the fish will help further protect tarpon from being snagged.
- The second part of the proposal prohibits fishing with gear that has a weight attached to a hook, artificial fly or lure in such a way that the weight hangs lower than the hook when the line or leader is suspended vertically from the rod. This change will apply to fishing for all species year-round within Boca Grande Pass. If this gear is on board a fishing vessel while inside the boundaries of the pass, it cannot be attached to any rod, line or leader and must be stowed. This change will further reduce the likelihood that tarpon in Boca Grande Pass will be snagged.
- To learn more, visit MyFWC.com/Commission and click on “Commission Meetings” and “Agenda.”
|Capt. Rick DePaiva, from Ft. Myers, FL, battles a tarpon jumped on a fly while fishing the coastal gulf with Capt. Rick Grassett.|
My son, Bryan Gibson, and a coworker, Mike Phoenix, both from St. Pete, FL, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Tuesday. We fished deep grass flats along the west side of the bay and caught released trout, blues and jacks on DOA Deadly Combos and CAL jigs with shad tails. The largest fish of the day was a 4-pound trout that Bryan caught and released on the combo.
With a TV show shoot to do on Thursday and my boat in the shop for maintenance, I fished with Capt. Andy Cotton, also out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, in his boat on Wednesday to do some scouting. We found lots of bait with a few Spanish mackerel and albies (little tunny) feeding in them in the coastal first thing in the morning. We caught and released trout, blues and jacks on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos on deep grass flats in Sarasota Bay. We found a school of big reds and caught and released redfish and bluefish out of the school before they disappeared.
“Reel Animals” TV show hosts, Capt. Mike Anderson and Capt. Billy Nobles, fished with me on Thursday. We fished out of their Yellowfin 24 bay boat, an awesome fishing machine! We fished the coastal gulf off Sarasota first thing in the morning and had a couple of hookups on jigs and plugs. One was a jack that was hit by a shark and the other fish was probably a false albacore that was cut off before it could be landed. We also fished deep and shallow grass flats on both sides of Sarasota Bay and caught and released trout, blues and jacks on a variety of lures.
Action in the coastal gulf is about to get hot! Baitfish are becoming plentiful and predators will be close behind them. Reds are schooling in Sarasota Bay. Look for nervous patches of water or large wakes to find them. Beat the heat by catch and release snook fishing before daylight and then look for reds, trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, tripletail and more in Sarasota Bay.
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A ridge of high pressure to the north of the region will strengthen through the early portion of the week ... helping to keep an easterly flow pattern in place over the eastern Gulf of Mexico. The ridge position and strength will be supportive of nocturnal easterly wind surges Monday night and Tuesday night that may approach cautionary levels ... especially away from the coast.
East winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Monday night will bring winds around 15 knots diminishing to 5 to 10 knots after midnight. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop.
East winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. Tuesday 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. Isolated thunderstorms in the morning then scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. Wednesday night will bring east winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Isolated thunderstorms in the evening.
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 in the evening.
East winds around 5 knots. Bay and inland waters smooth. Isolated thunderstorms in the morning then scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon.