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Captain Favorite's Fishing Forum: Oct. 21, 2013
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The recreational harvest of red snapper will close Oct. 22 in state waters of the Gulf of Mexico, with the final day of harvest being Oct. 21. Stone crab season opened Oct. 15! Capt. Rick Grassett says anglers should catch and release snook fishing before daylight and then look for reds, trout, blues, Spanish mackerel and more in Sarasota Bay. Action with false albacore (little tunny), Spanish mackerel and more should begin in the coastal gulf any time now.
- Florida’s recreational and commercial stone crab claw harvest season opens Oct. 15 in state and federal waters. To ensure this valuable resource is available for generations to come, take care when removing crab claws and follow all protective regulations for stone crab harvest.
- The recreational harvest of red snapper will close Oct. 22 in state waters of the Gulf of Mexico, with the final day of harvest being Oct. 21. The season will close Oct. 15 in Gulf federal waters, with the final day of harvesting being today. State waters are from shore to 9 nautical miles in the Gulf and federal waters are from 9 nautical miles out to 200 nautical miles.
- These supplemental recreational red snapper seasons in the Gulf of Mexico are for 2013 only.
- Learn more about red snapper by visiting MyFWC.com/Fishing and clicking on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Gulf Snapper.”
|Capt. Rick DePaiva, from Ft. Myers, FL, battles a tarpon jumped on a fly while fishing the coastal gulf with Capt. Rick Grassett.|
Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released false albacore (little tunny), trout, Spanish mackerel and jacks on flies in Sarasota during the past week.
Denis Clohisy, from Hudson, WI, fished Sarasota Bay and the coastal gulf with me on Monday and Tuesday. We found Spanish mackerel working on the surface in the coastal gulf but only a few false albacore. He caught and released an albie and several Spanish mackerel on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly before the action ended. He also caught and released a few trout and jacks at Stephens Point in Sarasota Bay on a fly popper/dropper combo with my Grassett Flats Minnow fly behind the popper.
I gave a couple of presentations on Fly Fishing the Coastal Gulf for False Albacore and Tripletail at the International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF), Florida Fly Fishing Expo in Crystal River, FL on Friday and Saturday. Fly fishing legends Flip Pallot and Chico Fernandez were on hand sharing their knowledge at the event, which featured fly casting, fly tying and numerous presentations on a wide range of fly fishing topics by some of the best in the sport. Vendors including manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of fly fishing tackle, fly tying supplies, technical clothing and accessories displayed their latest products. Hell’s Bay Boat Works had a boat on display and Flip even brought his personal Hell’s Bay boat over. A good show!
King and Spanish mackerel, false albacore, tripletail and cobia should be good options in the coastal gulf. Catch and release snook fishing before daylight and then fishing for reds, snook, trout and more in Sarasota Bay should be good inshore options.
Capt. Rick Grassett
FFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor
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CB’s Saltwater Outfitters-2011 Orvis Outfitter of the Year
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A stalled out frontal boundary across central Florida will dissipate tonight and Monday. A strong cold front will move through the waters Wednesday and Wednesday night...with high pressure building from the north for the end of the work week. Winds and seas will remain below headline thresholds tonight through Tuesday night...but may reach exercise caution or advisory levels Wednesday through Friday in the wake of the strong cold front.
Northeast winds around 5 knots, becoming west around 10 knots in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Isolated showers in the afternoon.Monday night will bring northwest winds around 10 knots, becoming variable around 5 knots after midnight. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Isolated showers after midnight.
South winds around 10 knots then becoming west in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Isolated showers. Tuesday night will bring northwest winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. A chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms may increase winds and seas.
Northwest winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. A chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms may increase winds and seas in the morning then a slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Wednesday night will bring north winds 10 to 15 knots. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop.
Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop. Thursday night will bring northeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop.
Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop.