Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Captain's Corner

Captain's Corner: Mild water temperatures bringing plenty of surprises offshore

May can be one of the best months to fish offshore. The water is still mild, allowing spring and early summer migrations to mix. We landing numerous kingfish during our past few trips, along with a few surprises. A large sailfish grabbed our bait intended for kingfish. This billfish can stay out of the water more than in during the first minute of battle. Scattered reports of sails being hooked came from up and down the coast the past two weeks. Blackfin tuna have been another great bi-catch. Numerous reports of these strong fighters have been popping up. Waters of 70 feet-plus seem to be where they've been found. This month is also one of the more active for local anglers to get lucky with a tuna hook-up. Like sailfish, it's hard to target tuna since they are often on the move searching for food. Often you will spot flying fish in large numbers when tuna show up. They also can be found under commercial shrimp boats. If you find one anchored, it's a good idea to toss a few baits close to the boat.

Dave Mistretta captains Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or visit jawstoo.com.

Captain's Corner: Mild water temperatures bringing plenty of surprises offshore 05/16/17 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 6:57pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Jones: Steve Yzerman's plan for getting the Lightning back into the playoffs

    Lightning Strikes

    BRANDON — Seems like forever since the Lightning played a hockey game.

    If the Lightning season started right now, would Steve Yzerman be happy with what he has? "We're still a couple of players short,'' Yzerman said.. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  2. Mikhail Sergachev said he felt comfortable and welcomed in his first day in a Lightning uniform.
  3. Trump welcomes Joe Maddon and World Series champion Cubs to White House

    The Heater

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has welcomed the manager and several players from the World Series champion Chicago Cubs to the White House.

    President Donald Trump, with Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon, right, and team members, gives a thumb-up as he meets with the 2016 World Series Champions Chicago Cubs, Wednesday,  in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. [AP photo]
  4. Lightning re-signs Cory Conacher to two-year deal

    Blogs

    Cory Conacher said he wanted another shot in the NHL, and hoped it would be with the Lightning.

    Cory Conacher on Wednesday signed a two-year deal with Tampa Bay.
  5. For starters: Rays at Pirates, with Blake Snell on the mound

    Blogs

    LHP Blake Snell returns to the majors for the Rays tonight after a six-week stint at Triple-A Durham, confident changes to his mechanics will lead to more strike-throwing and an increase in confidence will make him more successful.

    Blake Snell returns to the majors for the Rays tonight after a six-week stint at Triple-A Durham.