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Captain Favorite's Fishing Forum: Oct. 28, 2013
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Catch of the Week
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.
How to Prevent a Boat Fire
Fires are among the more dangerous, yet preventable, accidents that can occur onboard a boat. For that reason, the nonprofit Sea Tow Foundation, in conjunction with Sea Tow Services International – the nation’s leading marine assistance provider – offers boaters these important fire prevention tips.
Fast action combined with a cool head are critical in fighting boat fires, as they can spread rapidly. Following these procedures not only can help boaters prevent a fire, or contain it if one breaks out, but also could help them save lives.
The Sea Tow Foundation’s Boat Fire Prevention Tips:
- Ensure you have the proper size and type of marine fire extinguishers on board. Depending on the size of your boat, you may need more than one fire extinguisher. The U.S. Coast Guard has this information in its Federal Requirements brochure, which is available online at www.uscgboating.org/fedreqs/default.html.
- Mount the fire extinguishers in readily accessible locations so that you can get to them in an emergency.
- Inspect your fire extinguishers regularly to make sure they are fully charged and have not expired. If you have a fixed firefighting system, have it inspected and/or serviced according to manufacturer recommendations or at least annually.
Most boat fires are caused by fueling or electrical issues:
- Before fueling, have all passengers leave the boat and shut off all flames (stoves, ovens, grills, etc.). Close all windows, doors and openings to prevent fumes from entering the boat.
- While fueling, keep the nozzle in contact with the tank to prevent sparks and do not overfill the tank, so the fuel has room to expand. Wipe up any spills and dispose of the rags.
- Never smoke while fueling!
- After fueling, open all the windows, doors and openings and run the exhaust blower for four minutes.
- Before starting the engine, perform a “sniff” test of the bilge and engine compartment. If you smell gas, continue to use the blower until all of the fumes are gone.
- To prevent electrical issues, frequently inspect the electrical connections. Also, inspect any shore power connection lines that you may be using before plugging them into your boat. If any wires are frayed or you see sparks, immediately shut off the power source and get the issue repaired before using it again.
- Be cautious when using heaters in enclosed spaces, especially when unattended.
How to deal with a fire if one does break out:
- Make sure that everyone on your boat is wearing a life jacket in case they have to jump overboard.
- If possible, position the boat so that the fire is downwind and have all passengers move upwind, away from the fire.
- NEVER use water on a gasoline, oil, or grease fire as it may cause the fire to spread. Additionally, water should not be used on electrical fires due to risk of electrical shock
- Get your fire extinguisher ready to use. Use the PASS method.
Aim at the base of the fire.
Sweep from side to side.
- Call for help on your VHF Radio or cell phone. Prepare to abandon ship.
- An article on the Dangers of Fire on a Boat also can be found on the Sea Tow Foundation’s website at: www.boatingsafety.com/towbeetips/topic.asp?item=fireonboat.
CB’s Saltwater Outfitters “Orvis Fly Fishing 101” Clinic, Nov. 9, 2013
- CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, 1249 Stickney Pt. Rd., on Siesta Key (Sarasota) will hold an “Orvis Fly Fishing 101” clinic with Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing guides and instructors, Capt. Ed Hurst and Capt. Rick Grassett, on Saturday, Nov 9 from 9 - 11 a.m. The free clinic will include fly casting and fly tackle rigging basics. Upon completion of the clinic, students will receive free memberships to International Federation of Fly Fishers and Trout Unlimited (each a $35 value). There will also be special in store offers on Orvis products. Call (941) 349-4400 to reserve your spot.
|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
Orvis- Endorsed Outfitter Guide
CB’s Saltwater Outfitters-2011 Orvis Outfitter of the Year
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.
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A surface ridge of high pressure over the southeast U.S. And the eastern Seaboard will be reinforced Tuesday by high pressure moving out of Canada. The ridge slides out over the open Atlantic Thursday.
Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop. Monday night will bring northeast winds 10 to 15 knots diminishing to 5 to 10 knots after midnight. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop.
Northeast winds 5 to 10 knots increasing to around 15 knots in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop. Tuesday night will bring northeast winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop.
Northeast winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Wednesday night will bring east winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop.
Southeast winds around 10 knots then becoming south around 5 knots in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters a light chop.