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Captain Favorite's Fishing Forum: Nov. 25, 2013

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CATCH OF THE WEEK!
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John Pritiko, from London, Ontario, caught and released this nice Sarasota Bay flounder on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.  

A new commercial fishery in the Gulf will allow for the sale of swordfish in Florida. Soon Florida anglers will no longer be required to have and use a venting tool when fishing for reef fish in Gulf of Mexico state waters.Weather Underground are predicting strong high pressure will slide east off the mid-Atlantic coast as low pressure develops in the northern Gulf waters Monday and Tuesday.

Fishing Update
  • Several changes to the recreational and commercial management of swordfish in state waters were approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at the Nov. 21 meeting in Weston.
  • Swordfish management is a success story. Swordfish was overfished in the 1980s and ’90s, but has since been fully rebuilt, thanks to domestic and international conservation measures.
  • Recently, NOAA Fisheries Highly Migratory Species Division created a new open-access commercial swordfish fishery in federal waters to provide additional commercial swordfish harvest opportunities.
  • Changes to state rules approved by the Commission will allow fishermen who participate in this new commercial fishery to land and sell their catch in Florida. Additional changes include designating swordfish as a restricted species and specifying hook and line as allowable gear for swordfish harvest in state waters. Several changes to state rules are also consistent with existing federal rules, including a change to the cleithrum-to-keel (see below) minimum size limit for recreational and commercial swordfish harvest.
  • Soon Florida anglers will no longer be required to have and use a venting tool when fishing for reef fish in Gulf of Mexico state waters.
  • During its Nov. 21 meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) removed the requirement in Gulf state waters, making state regulations consistent with rules in federal waters. By removing this rule, anglers will now have the freedom to determine how to best maximize survival of released reef fish using devices they feel are appropriate, depending on the circumstances.
  • The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council removed the requirement to have and use a venting tool in Gulf federal waters earlier this year.
  • These changes will take effect as soon as possible. Another notice will be issued to let the public know when these changes take effect.

Holidays bring fishing bonuses 

  • Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday and for many people represents their only four-day holiday. So what better time to offer license-free fishing days? Friday, Nov. 29, will be a license-free freshwater fishing day, followed by a saltwater license-free day on Nov. 30.
  • To round out the gift-giving, Saturday, Dec. 28, was also designated as a license-free freshwater fishing day.
  • In 2013, the Legislature authorized the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to offer four additional license-free fishing days annually. FWC Commissioners subsequently implemented a long-term strategy to encourage introducing new anglers to recreational fishing, and to give those who haven’t been fishing recently another incentive to enjoy time on the water. Since the dates for some of these long-term options had already passed in 2013, they also picked the one-time-only dates mentioned above to make sure anglers got all the free-days the Legislature authorized.

 

 

Weekly Fishing Report by Capt. Rick Grassett
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Capt. Rick DePaiva, from Ft. Myers, FL, battles a tarpon jumped on a fly while fishing the coastal gulf with Capt. Rick Grassett.

    

Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released snook, trout, flounder, Spanish mackerel, blues and jacks in Sarasota Bay on flies, CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos and false albacore (little tunny) in the coastal gulf off Sarasota on flies during the past week.

     

John Pritiko and his son, Jamison, from London, Ontario, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Monday. We fished shallow and deep grass flats on both sides of the bay where they caught and released mostly trout and jacks on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos. Also included in the mix were Spanish mackerel, bluefish and flounder.

            

Fly angler Bill Todd, from Brewster, MA, fished Sarasota Bay and the coastal gulf off Sarasota with me on Tuesday and Wednesday. We found a few albies working in the coastal gulf on Tuesday where Bill caught and released his first one my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. We also fished shallow and deep grass flats on both sides of the bay where he had steady action with trout and jacks on a variety of flies. He also caught and released a sheepshead on my Grassett Flats Minnow fly. Known as “Cajun permit” in Louisiana, they are one of the wariest species to catch in shallow water. Nice catch!

           

My wife, Karen, and I attended the 27th annual Sarasota CCA Banquet at Sarasota Yacht Club on Thursday evening. The sold out event featured silent and live auctions of everything from fishing tackle to exotic fishing trips to artwork. It’s always good to see old friends at the event which raises money for CCA’s conservation efforts.

            

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Friday. With a very low tide in the morning, we fished edges of flats and bars on the west side of the bay where he caught and released several snook, trout and jacks on CAL jigs with shad tails. Although it’s tougher to fish the windward side of a body of water, action can be better there due to wind driven current.

            

Look for false albacore, tripletail, king and Spanish mackerel in the coastal gulf. Fishing deep grass flats for trout, blues and Spanish mackerel or reds and snook on shallow flats of Sarasota Bay should be good inshore options next week. There should also be good action with snook around lighted docks in the ICW.

 

Tight Lines,

Capt. Rick Grassett

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Fishing Forecast 

Mariners should monitor the latest forecasts for changes in timing and intensity of upcoming weather events. A cold front has passed south of the waters with gusty north to northeast winds of 20 to 25 knots behind it. Strong high pressure will slide east off the mid-Atlantic coast as low pressure develops in the northern Gulf waters Monday and Tuesday. The low pressure system will then move toward the Florida Panhandle on Tuesday and to the mid-Atlantic states on Wednesday. A cold front will move across the waters Tuesday night and Wednesday. Winds and seas will remain near advisory conditions through much of the period as a tight pressure gradient between the systems remains in place.

Monday

East winds 15 to 20 knots. Bay and inland waters choppy. Monday night will bring east winds 10 to 15 knots. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop. A chance of showers after midnight.

2013/11/25 Mon 04:42 a.m. 1.64 H

2013/11/25 Mon 12:31 p.m. 0.33 L

2013/11/25 Mon 06:56 p.m. 1.68 H

Tuesday

Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop. A chance of showers in the morning ... then showers likely and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Tuesday night will bring south winds 10 to 15 knots becoming southwest around 20 knots after midnight. Bay and inland waters choppy. Showers likely in the evening. A chance of thunderstorms after midnight.

2013/11/26 Tue 01:25 a.m. 0.92 L

2013/11/26 Tue 06:16 a.m. 1.47 H

2013/11/26 Tue 01:20 p.m. 0.47 L

2013/11/26 Tue 07:31 p.m. 1.79 H

Wednesday

West winds 20 to 25 knots diminishing to around 20 knots in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters rough. A slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning. 

2013/11/27 Wed 02:38 a.m. 0.66 L

2013/11/27 Wed 07:54 a.m. 1.39 H

2013/11/27 Wed 02:07 p.m. 0.62 L

2013/11/27 Wed 08:05 p.m. 1.92 H

Thursday

A chance of showers. Wednesday night will ring northwest winds around 20 knots becoming north 10 to 15 knots after midnight. Bay and inland waters choppy. Thursday night will bring north winds 10 to 15 knots. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop.Thursday night Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop.

2013/11/28 Thu 03:36 a.m. 0.37 L

2013/11/28 Thu 09:20 a.m. 1.38 H

2013/11/28 Thu 02:51 p.m. 0.76 L

2013/11/28 Thu 08:38 p.m. 2.06 H

Friday

Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop.

2013/11/29 Fri 04:27 a.m. 0.08 L

2013/11/29 Fri 10:32 a.m. 1.41 H

2013/11/29 Fri 03:32 p.m. 0.9 L

2013/11/29 Fri 09:11 p.m. 2.21 H

Solunar Forecast

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