Bradenton Times News Articles
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission encourages families and young anglers to try a diversity of freshwater fishing locations and techniques to catch a variety of fish. The “Big Catch” program is Florida's family-friendly, freshwater angler-recognition program, with 33 different freshwater fish to target. Simply catch a fish that exceeds the qualifying length or weight, take a photo and submit it to BigCatchFlorida.com. Special youth sizes encourage their participation, and qualifiers earn a customized color-certificate, decal and discount for a photo mount.more»
Local law enforcement agencies will be out in force over the July Fourth holiday weekend to make sure boaters are adhering to safety laws. The first tropical storm of the season, Arthur, could create storm conditions over the next few days as it moves north along the East Coast. The Manatee County Sheriff's released stats incurred during Operation Dry Water, a national effort designed to decrease the number of boaters operating vessels while under the influence.more»
Scalloping season opened June 28! Be sure to read Amanda Nalley's column on the family friendly activity. Law enforcement officers all over the state will be participating in "Operation Dry Water," a program designed to cut down on BUI's, over the July 4 holiday. Gag grouper season will begin July 1 in federal waters. FWC lawmakers intend to simplify saltwater regulations in Manatee County; find out why!
The Gulf temperature is on the rise and fishing has never been better. A weak disturbance aloft will bring increasing chances for showers and thunderstorms both today and Friday. A more typical summer thunderstorm pattern will return to the area over the weekend.more»
The FWC is working to streamline saltwater rules in Manatee County. Catch and release snook fishing should also be good in passes and around docks and bridges close to passes. Look for reds and big trout on shallow flats or edges of bars in Sarasota Bay or fish deep grass flats for trout, blues and more. An afternoon sea breeze will develop each day this week, winds and seas will be locally higher in and around any storms over the water.
June 21 marks the first official day of summer, but all the signs of summer are already here. The Gulf temperature is on the rise and fishing has never been better. A weak disturbance aloft will bring increasing chances for showers and thunderstorms both today and Friday. A more typical summer thunderstorm pattern will return to the area over the weekend.more»
The FWC is requesting help locating several species of rare birds including, southeastern American kestrels, burrowing owls and painted buntings. The FWC is also holding regional workshops to inform local governments on ways to protect gopher tortoises. Tarpon fishing should be good next week as we head away from a full moon. Catch and release snook fishing should be good in the surf, in passes and around docks and bridges close to passes.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will meet June 17-19 in Fort Myers. Agenda topics include: marine fisheries management, lionfish management and the Gulf Reef Fish Data Reporting System. A weak disturbance aloft will bring increasing chances for showers and thunderstorms both today through Friday. A more typical summer thunderstorm pattern will return to the area over the weekend.more»
Sea cucumber management takes effect June 11. Surface high pressure over the western Atlantic with a ridge axis extending across the central Florida Peninsula and eastern Gulf of Mexico will hold over the region through mid-week then gradually sink south late in the week with increasing onshore flow. Winds will remain less than 15 knots with seas less than 3 feet through the period. Main hazard each day will be isolated thunderstorms which will produce locally gusty winds and rough seas.
The annual Fire Charity Fishing Tournament is this weekend! Four men were rescued off the coast of Anna Maria Sunday. Sea cucumber management takes effect June 11. Weather Underground reports high pressure will bring light winds and waves to the waters through Monday. There is a chance of thunderstorms but conditions will remain well below headline criteria with winds generally 10 knots or less and waves less than one foot.more»