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Captain Favorite's Fishing Forum: Dec. 16, 2013
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|CATCH OF THE WEEK|
|Fly anglers had good action with Spanish mackerel during the past week. Ted Carman (top) from CA and Bob and Diane Boswell (bottom), from Orlando, FL, each caught and released nice Spanish mackerel on Ultra Hair Clouser and Grassett Deep Flats Bunny flies respectively on a couple of trips with Capt. Rick Grassett.|
Snook closure in the Atlantic started yesterday. An area of high pressure along the Gulf early in the week. Mariners are warned to expect periods of wind at exercise caution speeds with possibly advisory speeds offshore. Our contribuing Capt. Rick Grassett recommends fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay for trout, blues and more. Looking for false albacore and tripletail in the coastal gulf when conditions are good should also be a good option next week.
Gag grouper recreational harvest closes in most Gulf waters in early December
- Gag grouper will close for recreational harvest in most Gulf of Mexico state waters yesterday, with the last day of harvest being Dec. 3. All Gulf federal waters will close Dec. 3, with the last day of harvest being Dec. 2.
- State waters off Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties were open from April 1 through June 30 and were not open during the July 1 through Dec. 3 season. Monroe County is also excluded because it follows Atlantic rules for gag grouper.
- The FWC manages marine fish from the shore to 9 nautical miles in the Gulf of Mexico.
- These closures are an effort to help rebuild gag grouper populations in the Gulf of Mexico back to strong sustainable levels.
Venting tool requirement removed in Gulf waters
- Soon Florida anglers will no longer be required to have and use a venting tool when fishing for reef fish in Gulf of Mexico state waters.
- During its Nov. 21 meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) removed the requirement in Gulf state waters, making state regulations consistent with rules in federal waters. By removing this rule, anglers will now have the freedom to determine how to best maximize survival of released reef fish using devices they feel are appropriate, depending on the circumstances.
|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 Spanish mackerel in the coastal gulf and Spanish mackerel, trout, and jacks in Sarasota Bay on flies, CAL jigs with shad tails, DOA Deadly Combos and top water plugs during the past week. With water temperatures back up into the low 70’s following last week’s warm up, the best action was with Spanish mackerel in both Sarasota Bay and the coastal gulf.
Ted Carman, from CA, and Carey Ryerson, from CO, fished the coastal gulf off Sarasota and Sarasota Bay with me last Sunday. We found some birds hovering over baitfish, deep in the water column in the coastal gulf which developed into a good Spanish mackerel bite. They had steady action for about 3-hours catching and releasing mackerel to 3-pounds on Ultra Hair Clouser flies, CAL jigs with shad tails and top water plugs. We fished deep grass flats in Sarasota Bay for the last couple of hours where they also had fast action with Spanish mackerel, trout and jacks on DOA Deadly Combos and Ultra Hair Clouser flies.
Anna Maria and Sarasota winter residents, Bill Morrison and Gary Marple, fished the coastal gulf with me on Monday. We had a few shots at false albacore but they weren’t staying up very long and were tough to get on. Conditions deteriorated so we moved into Sarasota Bay where they had steady action with trout and Spanish mackerel at Stephens Point on Ultra Hair Clouser flies.
Walt Poxon, from MN and Bill and Sue Poxon, from Sarasota, FL, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Wednesday morning. They had steady action with trout and Spanish mackerel to 3-pounds on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos. Tom Lamb, from Geneva, Switzerland, Roy Glah, from Sarasota, FL and his son Bob Glah, from Aspen, CO, fished the same areas with me in the afternoon and had similar action.
Don Tase, from NH, and his son-in-law, Jessie, from CO, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Thursday. It was cool, foggy and windy but we found a few places to fish along the east side of the bay where they caught and released a few trout and jacks on Ultra Hair Clouser flies and CAL jigs with shad tails.
Bob and Diane Boswell, from the Orlando, FL area, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Saturday morning. A strong S-SE wind made fishing tough but we fished deep grass flats on both sides of the bay where they caught and released Spanish mackerel, trout and jacks on my Grassett Deep Flats Bunny fly, DOA Deadly Combos and CAL jigs with shad tails.
Big trout are moving into shallow water in Sarasota Bay where you may find them along with reds in potholes or on the edges of bars when the tide is low. Reds may also tail on shallow grass flats of north Sarasota Bay, lower Tampa Bay or Gasparilla Sound on negative low tides as we approach a full moon next week. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay for trout, Spanish mackerel, blues and more should be another good inshore option. Look for false albacore and tripletail in the coastal gulf when conditions are good.
Capt. Rick Grassett
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A cold front will cross the waters this evening and exit South Florida later tonight. High pressure moves along the Gulf Coast during the early part of the week then out over the Atlantic during the latter part. Mariners should expect periods of wind at exercise caution speeds...with possibly advisory speeds offshore.
North winds 10 to 15 knots. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop. Monday night will bring northeast winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop.
North winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light 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.
East winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Thursday night will bring east winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop.
Southeast winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. A slight chance of showers.
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