News Section: Fishing
Captain Favorite's Weekend Fishing Forecast: Feb. 6, 2013
Your One-Stop Spot for Fishing in Manatee County
BRADENTON – Snook season will reopen on February 1. Also, the FWC is reminding anglers that this year grouper seaon will not end on the first of the month. A New Jersey man caught a record-breaking bass in Rodman Reservoir. A cold front will stall across the state on Thursday. Winds behind the front will pick up to 15 to 20 knots before diminishing to around 15 knots or less through early Friday morning.
- Largemouth bass – Florida bucket-mouths – are showing up in abundance this winter, with an outstanding year projected by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists.
- The first year of TrophyCatch ended, and the awards were all given out, but the challenge is on for year two.
- TrophyCatch rewards anglers for catching, documenting and releasing largemouth bass heavier than 8 pounds in Florida.
- The recreational harvest season for snook reopens on Feb. 1 in Florida’s Atlantic coastal and inland waters (from the Miami-Dade/Monroe county line north), including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River.
- The season will remain open through May 31.
In the Atlantic, anglers may keep one snook per day that is not less than 28 or more than 32 inches total length, which is measured from the most forward point of the head with the mouth closed to the farthest tip of the tail with the tail compressed or squeezed while the fish is lying on its side. A snook permit is required to keep snook, along with a saltwater fishing license unless exempt from the license requirements. Only hook-and-line gear is allowed when targeting or harvesting snook.
- It is illegal to buy or sell snook.
- This is a reminder that the Feb. 1 through March 31 closure that would have affected several species of grouper in Gulf state waters has been removed and will not occur as it has in previous years. This closure was removed at the September 2013 meeting of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
- A similar closure was also removed in federal waters shoreward of the 20 fathom line, or about 120 feet (excluding waters off Monroe County). To learn more about the federal closure, visit the NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office at Sero.NMFS.NOAA.gov and click on “Fisheries,” “Gulf Fisheries,” “Reef Fish” and “Gag and Shallow-water Grouper Framework – Recreational Season.”
- The closure would have applied to the following species: black, red, yellowfin, scamp, yellowmouth, rock hind and red hind..
Weekend Fishing Forcast
Areas of dense sea fog will continue to impact portions of the marine area through Thursday morning. Winds will continue at exercise caution levels behind the cold front in some areas before diminishing Friday morning.
Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop. Isolated showers in the morning...then scattered showers in the afternoon. Thursday night will bring northeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop. Scattered showers.
2014/02/06 Thu 05:27 0.03 L
2014/02/06 Thu 11:23 0.86 H
2014/02/06 Thu 15:58 0.6 L
Northeast winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Scattered showers. Friday night will bring east winds 5 to 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Isolated showers.
2014/02/07 Fri 06:50 -0.06 L
2014/02/07 Fri 13:45 0.82 H
2014/02/07 Fri 16:34 0.77 L
2014/02/07 Fri 23:10 1.74 H
Southeast winds around 5 knots then becoming west in the afternoon. Gusts around 20 knots in the late morning and early afternoon. Bay and inland waters smooth. A chance of showers. Saturday night will bring north winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. A slight chance of showers.
2014/02/08 Sat 08:07 -0.17 L
North winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop.
2014/02/09 Sun 00:18 1.73 H
2014/02/09 Sun 09:10 -0.28 L
2014/02/09 Sun 16:31 1.03 H
2014/02/09 Sun 19:18 0.96 L
Join the conversation post Facebook comments here or on our site at the bottom of article.
In Addition to Facebook Comments You Can Also Post Comments Below
Click here to add a Non-Facebook comment to this page
Sign up for our free news subscription - a great way to stay informed!