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Captain Favorite's Fishing Forum: May 12, 2014
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CATCH OF THE WEEK
Sarasota winter resident, Mike Perez, brought this estimated 100-pound tarpon to the boat after numerous jumps and a 40-minute battle while fly fishing the coastal gulf with Capt. Rick Grassett.
BRADENTON -- Goblin sharks, lionfish and stone crabs were all highlights of the fishing world this week. Weather underground predicts high pressure will influence the weather through the remainder of the week and into the upcoming weekend. Winds will remain out of the east to southeast across the Gulf waters through the weekend.
- Snook will close to all harvest in Gulf state, federal and inland waters, including all of Monroe County and Everglades National Park, starting May 1. Seasonal harvest closures protect Florida’s valuable snook populations and help sustain and improve the fishery for the future.
- Snook is open to harvest in Atlantic state, federal and inland waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, through May 31, closing June 1.
- Both the Atlantic and Gulf will reopen for recreational harvest Sept. 1.
- Last month, a shrimp fisherman caught a goblin shark off the Florida Keys. After a few snapshots, he released the shark back, and it just swam away.
- This accidental catch was only the second goblin shark on record in the Gulf of Mexico; the first was seen over 10 years ago.
- The commercial and recreational harvest of stone crab claws in Florida closes on May 16, with the last day of harvest on May 15. This closure occurs each year during the species’ peak spawning season to help protect and sustain Florida’s valuable stone crab resource. Stone crab season will reopen on Oct. 15.
- Commercially harvested stone crab claws may be possessed and sold during the closed season but only if they have been placed in inventory prior to May 16 by a licensed wholesale or retail dealer.
- Stone crab traps must be removed from the water within five days after the close of the stone crab season unless a special extension is granted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
- Learn more about the stone crab harvest season by visiting MyFWC.com/Fishing and clicking on “Saltwater” and then either “Recreational Regulations” or “Commercial.”
- On April 30, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Law Enforcement investigators responded to public complaints that the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, a privately run wildlife rehabilitation facility in Pinellas County, was not in compliance with state and federal regulations for the care of injured or captive wildlife and protected migratory birds.
- As a result of the state’s inspection, Ralph Heath, founder and permit holder for the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary in Indian Shores, was cited that day for 59 violations of the state’s Wildlife Code.
- “Reports from concerned citizens indicated that the wildlife at the sanctuary were not cared for properly and were living in squalor, which violates the permit conditions under which the sanctuary operates,” said the FWC’s Lt. Steve DeLacure. “When we inspected the facility on April 30, we found animals confined in unsanitary conditions and injured wildlife that had not received proper care, a situation that demanded immediate remedial action.
- Volunteer anglers in northern Florida are encouraged to catch and collect a DNA sample from every tarpon they catch that is 30 inches or longer. Since 2006, scientists from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) have partnered with Mote Marine Laboratory to use DNA fingerprinting as a way to track the movements, habits and recapture rates of Atlantic tarpon in coastal and inshore waters.
- Anglers can collect a DNA sample by scraping the outer jaw of the tarpon with a small, abrasive sponge. Immediately after collecting the DNA sample, the sponge should be placed in the prelabeled vial. DNA vials can be mailed to FWRI with the accompanying data slip so that geneticists can analyze and compare the DNA sample with cataloged samples to determine if someone caught and sampled the tarpon previously. This recapture information provides evidence of long-term survival and insight into the seasonal and regional movements of individual fish.
- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will hold a public meeting to discuss a proposed change for largemouth bass management.
- The meeting will be held May 28 starting at 6 p.m. at Gary’s Tackle Box, 5721 NW 13th Street in Gainesville.
- Participants will be encouraged to provide input on the proposal for a statewide five-fish daily bag limit, only one of which could be 16 inches total length or longer.
- The meeting will offer the public a chance to hear from freshwater fisheries biologists about the science behind managing bass fisheries. Biologists will give a presentation and then open up a discussion and a question and answer session. The meeting is open to everyone, and largemouth bass anglers are especially encouraged to attend.
- To learn more about largemouth bass and the FWC’s current regulation, go to MyFWC.com/Fishing, and visit the “Black Bass Management” and “Regulations” links under “Freshwater Fishing.”
WEEKLY FISHING REPORT BY CAPT. RICK GRASSETT
|Capt. Rick DePaiva, from Ft. Myers, FL, battles a tarpon jumped on a fly while fishing the coastal gulf with Capt. Rick Grassett.|
Fly anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had numerous shots at tarpon and caught and released an estimated 100-pound tarpon on several trips in the coastal gulf during the past week.
Sarasota winter resident, Mike Perez, tarpon fished with me on Monday and Tuesday. Ted Gibbons, from Sarasota, FL, joined us on Monday. There was a big swell and conditions were challenging but we saw numerous singles, doubles and several schools of tarpon and got a total of 7 or 8 shots at them. We had a few follows but no bites, so we tried several different color and profile flies.
It all came together for Mike on Tuesday. With better conditions, he converted several shots at tarpon to a hook up. After numerous jumps and a 40-minute battle, he brought an estimated 100-pound tarpon to the boat. Wind and rough water made casting challenging on a couple of other trips during the week, but there were plenty of opportunities.
Tarpon are becoming plentiful in the coastal gulf. In addition to tarpon, false albacore and tripletail may also be options there depending on conditions. Look for reds, snook and big trout on shallow flats or edges of bars in Sarasota Bay. Fishing deep grass flats for trout, blues, flounder and more should continue to be a good option.
Capt. Rick Grassett
FFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor
Orvis- Endorsed Outfitter Guide
CB’s Saltwater Outfitters-2011 Orvis Outfitter of the Year
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.
High pressure will remain the dominant weather feature through the middle of next week. A cold front will then moves through the waters late next week. Winds and seas may slightly increase during the afternoon hours ... but are expected to remain below headline thresholds through the forecast period.
East winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. A slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Monday night east winds 10 to 15 knots. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop.
East winds 5 to 10 knots increasing to around 15 knots in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop. A slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Tuesday night will bring east winds 10 to 15 knots diminishing to 5 to 10 knots after midnight. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop. A slight chance of thunderstorms.
East winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. A chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Wednesday night will bring east winds around 5 knots. Bay and inland waters smooth. A chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms.
South winds around 5 knots then becoming west in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters smooth. A chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Thursday night will bring north winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. A slight chance of thunderstorms.
North winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. A slight chance of showers.
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