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Captain Favorite's Weekend Fishing Forecast: Jan. 23, 2014
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BRADENTON – The FWC reminds anglers to help their fish survive. Winds and seas will gradually subside by Thursday as high pressure builds in from the northwest. The next front will approach Thursday night and Friday with more Small Craft Advisory conditions possible by Friday morning.
- Imagine for a minute you are out to sea, line wet, with about 150 feet of water separating boat from the bottom. You feel a tug. Instinct kicks in and you want to yank up to set the hook, but you remember that doesn’t work with circle hooks, a required gear when fishing for reef fish like snapper and grouper in all Gulf waters and in federal waters of the Atlantic south of 28 degrees north latitude. So you gently start reeling it in, hoping nothing eats your catch before you can get it to the boat.
- Alas, the fish surfaces, but it is too small to keep and it seems to be experiencing barotrauma, a condition that occurs when the gases in the swim bladder expand after being brought to the surface from depth.
- STOP! The choices you make from here on can greatly impact whether or not that fish you are about to release survives to be caught another day. Do you know what to do?
- Post-release fish survival should be important to all anglers. The more fish that survive being caught and subsequently released, the more fish there will be in general. This can eventually mean extension of open seasons, increases in bag limits and more successful fishing trips.
- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has stepped up efforts to respond to manatees in distress and determine the cause of death when possible. During 2013, a preliminary total of 829 manatee deaths were documented.
- Marine mammal staff from across the state and law enforcement responded to manatees suffering from the effects of red tide in southwest Florida from January through May. Florida red tide, which releases a toxin that affects manatees’ nervous systems, caused the deaths of a record 276 manatees during that period.
- A new buoy deployed this month by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in Old Tampa Bay collects continuous water quality information to help researchers learn more about conditions that trigger harmful algal blooms.
Weekend Fishing Forcast
Weak high pressure will slide east across the state today. Another cold front will move across the waters tonight and Friday with Small Craft Advisory conditions developing behind it late tonight into Friday. Winds and seas will then subside Friday afternoon into Saturday before increasing some late Saturday and Saturday night.
Northeast winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Thursday night will bring north winds 10 to 15 knots increasing to around 20 knots after midnight. Bay and inland waters choppy.
North winds around 20 knots then becoming northeast 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters choppy. Friday night will bring northeast winds 10 to 15 knots diminishing to 5 to 10 knots after midnight. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop becoming a light chop after midnight.
North winds around 5 knots then becoming west around 10 knots in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Saturday night will bring west winds around 10 knots increasing to around 15 knots after midnight. Bay and inland waters becoming a moderate chop.
West winds around 10 knots becoming southwest 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters a light chop. A slight chance of showers.
Sunday night will bring southwest winds 10 to 15 knots. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop. A chance of showers.
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