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Captain Favorite's Fishing Forum: Dec. 30, 2013
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|CATCH OF THE WEEK|
|Jack McCulloch, from Lakewood Ranch, Fla., and his grandson, Canon, with a Sarasota Bay trout caught on a DOA Deadly Combo while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.|
Several species of grouper will close to recreational and commercial harvest starting Jan. 1 in Florida state waters of the Atlantic. There is a FWC buoy in Tampa Bay to aid water quality and harmful algal bloom monitoring. A cold front exits into South Florida waters tonight then stalls as high pressure works west across the Gulf through mid-week. This high pressure gets reinforced from the north toward the end of the week.
- Several species of grouper will close to recreational and commercial harvest starting Jan. 1 in Florida state waters of the Atlantic, including Monroe County. This seasonal closure includes gag, black, red, yellowmouth, yellowfin and tiger grouper; scamp; red hind; rock hind; coney; and graysby. State waters in the Atlantic are from shore out to 3 nautical miles.
- The harvest of these species of grouper in Atlantic state waters will remain closed through April 30, reopening May 1. The harvest closure was established to ensure the long-term sustainability of Atlantic grouper species.
- A similar closure will also occur in federal waters of the Atlantic. Tiger grouper is not included in the federal closure.
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 trout, bluefish and Spanish mackerel in Sarasota Bay on DOA Deadly Combos, CAL jigs with shad tails, flies and top water plugs, during the past week. The best action continued to be with blues in the 3 to 5-pound class, Spanish mackerel to 4-pounds and trout on DOA’s and flies on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay.
Jack McCulloch, from Lakewood Ranch, Fla., sons Jack and Mike and 6-year old grandson, Canon, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Monday. We fished deep grass flats on the west side of the bay where they caught and released trout to 20 inch and jacks on DOA Deadly Combos and CAL jigs with shad tails.
The action continued after Christmas when Joe Murphy and his son, Zach, from Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., fished Sarasota Bay with me on Friday. Chris Cunis, from CO, and his father-in-law, Bill Watson, from Lake Placid, Fla., also had good action in Sarasota Bay with me on Saturday. Although the water was rougher on the west side of the bay, that’s where we had the best action with big blues and Spanish mackerel on CAL jigs with shad tails and flies. Chris finished the trip strong, catching and releasing several blues in the four to five-pound class and large ladyfish on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly fished on a sink tip fly line. It’s a lot of fun to catch fast swimming, strong fish on flies and lures, particularly fly poppers and top water plugs. A Spanish mackerel or large ladyfish can quickly take you to the end of your fly line or into the backing. Bluefish can slug it out with the best of them and they jump, too!
Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay for trout, Spanish mackerel, blues and more should be a good option next week. Negative low tides as we approach a new moon should concentrate reds, snook and trout in potholes or the edges of bars and flats. Reds may also tail on shallow grass flats under the same conditions. With water temperatures still close to 70 degrees, look for false albacore and tripletail in the coastal gulf when conditions are good.
Capt. Rick Grassett
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A cold front exits into South Florida waters tonight then stalls as high pressure works west across the Gulf through mid-week. This high pressure gets reinforced from the north toward the end of the week.
North winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Monday 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. A slight chance of showers. 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. A slight chance of showers. Wednesday night will brine northeast winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. A chance of showers.
North winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. A chance of showers. Thursday night will bring north winds 10 to 15 knots. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop. A slight chance of showers in the evening.
North winds 10 to 15 knots. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop.
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