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Captain Favorite's Weekend Fishing Forecast: March 20, 2014
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BRADENTON – For-hire captains and crew can retain recreational bag limits of vermilion snapper, groupers and golden tilefish in state waters of the Atlantic. Weather Underground is reporting possible small craft warnings due to a cold front moving across the waters over the weekend. The pressure gradient will remain relaxed with benign winds and seas.
• A ritual dating back millions of years takes place again this spring on Florida beaches. Spring marks horseshoe crabs’ mating season, and biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) want the public’s help identifying spawning sites.
• Beachgoers will likely have the best luck spotting mating horseshoe crabs around high tide, just before, during or after a new or full moon. The conditions around the full moon this Sunday, March 16, and the new moon on March 30 will create ideal opportunities to view the spawning behavior of horseshoe crabs. Read more by following the link.
• Sailfish hold a special place in many Florida resident and visitor’s hearts. Whether they’ve admired a replica of the beautiful fish while waiting for a fresh-caught meal at a local restaurant, or felt their blood pump as one leapt into the air on the other end of a fishing line, the fish known for its tall “sail-like” dorsal fin is a Florida icon. Though you can find the highly migratory species in warm offshore waters around the globe, sailfish are so abundant off the coast of Florida and so popular with people it was made the state’s official saltwater fish in 1975.
• Between its aesthetic beauty and its penchant for fighting, sailfish are a recreational favorite. Read more by following the link.
- For-hire captain and crew can retain recreational bag limits of vermilion snapper, groupers and golden tilefish in state waters of the Atlantic (including all of Monroe County for grouper species and golden tilefish) starting March 13. This change means that for-hire captain and crew will be able to retain recreational bag limits of all species of reef fish caught in Atlantic state waters.
- This change will make state regulations consistent with Atlantic federal regulations.
- Similar changes to federal rules became effective Jan. 27. The federal rule was modified because it was not effectively limiting harvest of vermilion snapper and gag grouper as originally intended and it was causing confusion because captain and crew of for-hire vessels could keep recreational bag limits of some snapper and grouper species, but not others. Additional harvest of these species by captain and crew is expected to be negligible and not negatively impact fish stocks.
- To learn more about this change made at the FWC’s February Commission meeting, visit MyFWC.com/Commission and click on “Commission Meetings.” To learn more about snapper and grouper recreational regulations, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Overview” under the “Reef Fish” header.
Weekend Fishing Forcast
High pressure will continue across the eastern Gulf of Mexico and Florida as a dry front approaches. The high moves east to the Atlantic Ocean by Friday. The high will continue to move east during the weekend as a second cold front approaches the northern Gulf Coast. The pressure gradient will remain relaxed with benign winds and seas.
Northeast winds around 10 knots then becoming northwest in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Thursday night will bring north winds around 10 knots then becoming northeast after midnight. Bay and inland waters a light chop.
2014/03/20 Thu 03:57 AM 1.35 H
2014/03/20 Thu 09:27 AM 0.63 L
2014/03/20 Thu 03:08 PM 2.14 H
2014/03/20 Thu 11:03 PM -0.17 L
East winds around 10 knots then becoming southwest in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Friday night will bring southwest winds around 5 knots then becoming southeast around 10 knots after midnight. Bay and inland waters a light chop.
2014/03/21 Fri 04:58 AM 1.2 H
2014/03/21 Fri 09:53 AM 0.76 L
2014/03/21 Fri 03:47 PM 2.17 H
Southeast winds around 10 knots then becoming southwest around 5 knots in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Saturday night will bring west winds around 5 knots in the evening then becoming variable less than 5 knots. Bay and inland waters smooth.
2014/03/22 Sat 12:06 AM -0.17 L
2014/03/22 Sat 06:23 AM 1.07 H
2014/03/22 Sat 10:20 AM 0.89 L
2014/03/22 Sat 04:35 PM 2.14 H
South winds around 5 knots then becoming west around 10 knots in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters a light chop. A slight chance of showers. Sunday night will bring orthwest winds around 5 knots. Bay and inland waters smooth.
chance of showers.
2014/03/23 Sun 01:21 AM -0.16 L
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