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Spiny lobster season will begin with a two day recreational event July 30-31, followed by the commercial/recreation season which runs Aug. 6 through March 31. A recreational fishing workshop on Gulf red snapper will be held in St. Petersburg on August 11. Find out how you can chime in! A cold front, (well, that's what they're calling it), will approach the area later this weekend.
Gulf recreational red snapper season closes July 15 in state waters. Weather Underground is predicting a weak high pressure will remain over the waters through the forecast period keeping winds light and seas on the low side outside of any thunderstorms. Captain Rick Grassett says you should find trout, blues and more on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Look for reds and big trout on shallow flats or edges of bars early in the day. Catch and release snook fishing should also be good in passes and around docks and bridges close to passes.more»
High pressure ridging across the Florida Keys and a frontal boundary over northern Florida will continue to produce moderate west and southwest winds and choppy seas across the coastal zones.. Catch and release snook in passes and around docks and bridges close to passes. You should find reds and big trout on shallow flats or edges of bars in Sarasota Bay or fish deep grass flats for trout, blues and more.more»
Gulf recreational red snapper season closes July 15 in state waters. Weather Underground is predicting gusty winds Monday-Thursday. Captain Rick Grassett says tarpon fishing will remain strong next week as we head away from a full moon. Tarpon schools will break up after spawning then will return to the beach as singles, doubles and smaller schools that are ready to eat!more»
A ridge of high pressure is forecast to remain over the waters through Friday producing light winds less than 10 knots and light seas. This high will move northward on Saturday causing the winds to shift to an east southeast direction but will still remain below 15 knots. Catch and release snook in passes and around docks and bridges close to passes. You should find reds and big trout on shallow flats or edges of bars in Sarasota Bay or fish deep grass flats for trout, blues and more.more»
High pressure will ridge across the coastal waters through the end of the week. This will keep an east to southeast wind flow in place with light seas. Afternoon sea breezes will develop each day and allow for isolated to scattered thunderstorms. Catch and release snook in passes and around docks and bridges close to passes. You should find reds and big trout on shallow flats or edges of bars in Sarasota Bay or fish deep grass flats for trout, blues and more.more»
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»