Catch of the Week
The recreational harvest of red snapper will close Oct. 22 in state waters of the Gulf of Mexico, with the final day of harvest being Oct. 21. Stone crab season opened Oct. 15! Capt. Rick Grassett says anglers should catch and release snook fishing before daylight and then look for reds, trout, blues, Spanish mackerel and more in Sarasota Bay. Action with false albacore (little tunny), Spanish mackerel and more should begin in the coastal gulf any time now.
How to Prevent a Boat Fire
Fires are among the more dangerous, yet preventable, accidents that can occur onboard a boat. For that reason, the nonprofit Sea Tow Foundation, in conjunction with Sea Tow Services International – the nation’s leading marine assistance provider – offers boaters these important fire prevention tips.
Fast action combined with a cool head are critical in fighting boat fires, as they can spread rapidly. Following these procedures not only can help boaters prevent a fire, or contain it if one breaks out, but also could help them save lives.
The Sea Tow Foundation’s Boat Fire Prevention Tips:
Most boat fires are caused by fueling or electrical issues:
How to deal with a fire if one does break out:
Aim at the base of the fire.
Sweep from side to side.
CB’s Saltwater Outfitters “Orvis Fly Fishing 101” Clinic, Nov. 9, 2013
|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 false albacore (little tunny), trout, Spanish mackerel and jacks on flies in Sarasota during the past week.
Denis Clohisy, from Hudson, WI, fished Sarasota Bay and the coastal gulf with me on Monday and Tuesday. We found Spanish mackerel working on the surface in the coastal gulf but only a few false albacore. He caught and released an albie and several Spanish mackerel on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly before the action ended. He also caught and released a few trout and jacks at Stephens Point in Sarasota Bay on a fly popper/dropper combo with my Grassett Flats Minnow fly behind the popper.
I gave a couple of presentations on Fly Fishing the Coastal Gulf for False Albacore and Tripletail at the International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF), Florida Fly Fishing Expo in Crystal River, FL on Friday and Saturday. Fly fishing legends Flip Pallot and Chico Fernandez were on hand sharing their knowledge at the event, which featured fly casting, fly tying and numerous presentations on a wide range of fly fishing topics by some of the best in the sport. Vendors including manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of fly fishing tackle, fly tying supplies, technical clothing and accessories displayed their latest products. Hell’s Bay Boat Works had a boat on display and Flip even brought his personal Hell’s Bay boat over. A good show!
King and Spanish mackerel, false albacore, tripletail and cobia should be good options in the coastal gulf. Catch and release snook fishing before daylight and then fishing for reds, snook, trout and more in Sarasota Bay should be good inshore options.
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.
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A surface ridge of high pressure over the southeast U.S. And the eastern Seaboard will be reinforced Tuesday by high pressure moving out of Canada. The ridge slides out over the open Atlantic Thursday.
Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop. Monday night will bring northeast winds 10 to 15 knots diminishing to 5 to 10 knots after midnight. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop.
Northeast winds 5 to 10 knots increasing to around 15 knots in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop. Tuesday night will bring northeast winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop.
Northeast winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Wednesday night will bring east winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop.
Southeast winds around 10 knots then becoming south around 5 knots in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters a light chop.
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