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Close encounters
Divers intentionally test their nerve among dozens of sharks 75 feet below the surface.

Small baits bringing big fish close to the beach
Plenty of 1- to 2-pound Spanish mackerel have been caught within a few hundred yards of the beaches, with massive schools of glass minnows luring them close.


October 4

  • The old 'extreme'' watersports have been left in the wake

  • Outdoors
  • Daily fishing report

  • September 27
  • Wonderful Weedon

  • Outdoors
  • Daily fishing report

  • September 20
  • Before you aim and fire, be ready
  • Waterfowl season begins Saturday
  • Daily fishing report: Grouper creeping closer

  • September 13
  • Glory days return

  • Outdoors
  • Daily fishing report

  • September 6
  • Women's team hooked on success

  • August 30
  • Paying homage to a hero
  • Arrive early, take crabs to catch permit

  • August 23
  • Survivor, with added speed

  • Outdoors
  • Daily fishing report

  • August 16
  • Surface dwellers

  • August 9
  • Wicked Weather

  • August 2
  • Watch your Fingers

  • July 26
  • Taste for adventure
  • Daily fishing report

  • July 19
  • Cool is just around the corner
  • Lobster season
  • Watch out for minnow madness

  • July 12
  • Women's team already is a winner
  • Beat the heat on the flats

  • July 5
  • Schools thin, so strategy must change
  • A sucker for seafood

  • June 28
  • Highly popular
  • Heavy traffic makes anglers work harder

  • June 21
  • As weather improves, so does outlook

  • June 14
  • Daily fishing report
  • Blue water dreamin'

  • May 31
  • Lighten up
  • Canoeman dead at 72
  • Fishing for tarpon has been sporadic

  • May 24
  • Doctor wind
  • A few tips for getting the blues

  • May 17
  • Think big this weekend
  • Great Shape

  • May 10
  • One king relinquishes to another
  • Taking the bait

  • May 3
  • Fun 'N Games
  • Boaters can afford best
  • Outdoors calendar

  • April 26
  • All revved up
  • It doesn't get much better than this

  • April 19
  • Now you see them, now you don't
  • Mackerel, snook, trout, tarpon: Take your pick
  • Best bets for this weekend

  • April 12
  • Spin doctors
  • Tournament schedule for kingfish
  • Kingfish are coming our way

  • April 5
  • Underwater cleanup targets tangled mess
  • Snook, cobia step up to plate
  • Tournament schedule for kingfish

  • March 29
  • Step right up to the Oyster Bar
  • Here come the kings; tuna, too

  • March 22
  • Take your pick in Tampa Bay

  • March 15
  • 'Kids love turtles'
  • Daily fishing report

  • March 8
  • Shell games
  • Cold is still a big factor

  • March 1
  • St. Petersburg joins skating era
  • Action goes cold, at least temporarily

  • Feb. 22
  • A long boat ride worth it

  • Feb. 15
  • Big weekend for small-board racers
  • Amberjack will make you work

  • Feb. 8
  • Daily fishing report
  • Cold-water kayakers keep Greenland tradition alive

  • Feb. 1
  • New tarpon technique to undergo scrutiny
  • Spring fever heats up the action during the winter

  • Jan. 25
  • Safe and Sound
  • Daily fishing report

  • Jan. 18
  • When it comes to kids, focus on fun
  • Target flats when warm

  • Jan. 11
  • Warmer water keeps grouper eating offshore
  • Wild waves

  • Jan. 4
  • A case of the shivers
  • Biting back

  • Dec. 28
  • Hungry fish really love ugly weather

  • Dec. 21
  • Daily fishing report
  • Natural playground

  • Dec. 14
  • To catch fish, plan accordingly
  • Saint Nick's HOT PICKS

  • Dec. 7
  • Kings still are ruling gulf waters
  • Fall is fun

  • Nov. 30
  • Kingfish riled by strong tides
  • Girls enjoy chance to compete against best

  • Nov. 23
  • Bridging the gulf
  • Fish biting onshore, offshore

  • Nov. 16
  • Two tournaments, two fish, two wins
  • Kingfish are the talk of the town

  • Nov. 9
  • His passion for hunting is on display
  • Daily fishing report

  • Nov. 2
  • Big kings are in range of small boats
  • Cool air creates hot action

  • Oct. 26
  • Redfish anglers are seeing double
  • Daily fishing report

  • Oct. 19
  • The bigger the better
  • Daily fishing report

  • Oct. 12
  • Oooops!
  • Kings will come when winds calm

  • Oct. 5
  • It's a great weekend to cast away
  • Plenty of zipp

  • Sept. 28
  • The deeper the better
  • Drumroll,please . . .

  • Sept. 21
  • The passes could be full of fish
  • On the decline

  • Sept. 14
  • Seasoned anglers take joy in the chase

  • Sept. 7
  • Starting out with a bang
  • Buoy, oh, buoy, map it or lose it

  • Aug. 31
  • Small baits bringing big fish close to the beach
  • Close encounters

  • Aug. 24
  • It's good to be able to
  • Ocean warriors

  • Aug. 17
  • Windows of opportunity
  • St. Pete Open spearfishing tournament
  • Cast early and often

  • Aug. 10
  • Bluewater fishing is best this time of year
  • Riding the storm

  • Aug. 3
  • Fly-fishing is strong
  • Reaching new heights

  • July 27
  • Bug out!
  • No matter where you go, fishing still is fine

  • July 20
  • Big catch may be right in back yard
  • Spearing fish, catching good-natured flak

  • July 13
  • Fishing is normal after a full moon
  • The bait masters

  • July 6
  • Anglers change silver into green
  • Action improves when the tide moves

  • June 29
  • Are you ready to rumble?

  • June 22
  • Worth the wait
  • The early angler gets the fish

  • June 15
  • Daily fishing report
  • Casting in the shadows

  • June 8
  • Daily fishing report
  • Casting call for women only

  • June 1
  • If you cast, they will come
  • Let's go surf a kite

  • May 25
  • Daily fishing report

  • May 18
  • It's tarpon time
  • Captain's corner
  • Tarpon may be fly-rod record

  • May 11
  • Tarpon are feeling feisty
  • The ride of his life

  • May 4
  • To catch a King
  • Tournament update
  • Strike while the iron's hot

  • April 27

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    April 20
  • Spring's bounty is here at last
  • Racers seek parity for powerboats

  • April 13
  • Variety spices up the action
  • Kingfish bow to these young princes

  • April 6
  • The storm . . . after the calm
  • Flipping out

  • March 30
  • Offshore the catch is permit

  • March 23
  • Weather the only concern
  • Fishing for dollars and charities

  • March 16
  • A rugged race earns respect of contestants
  • A Mutiny on Lake Tarpon

  • March 9
  • Winds wreak havoc, but contestants persevere

  • March 2
  • So, spring into action
  • Artificial intelligence
  • So, spring into action

  • Feb. 23
  • Anglers catching on to no-motor fishing

  • Feb. 16
  • Staying afloat
  • Warm spell creates confusion

  • Feb. 9
  • Trout, snook are sharing the spotlight
  • Open wide

  • Feb. 2
  • Grouper stay in deep water
  • Speckled salvation

  • Jan. 26
  • Gator grappling
  • Deep water the key to a jump-start

  • Jan. 19
  • Race week ends today
  • Gearing up to go down
  • Weather improves, so does the fishing

  • Jan. 12
  • Find grass to load up on trout
  • Early bird not catching fish

  • Jan. 5
  • Cold hits inshore fish hard
  • Cold front a hot time for avid surfer

  • Dec. 22
  • Face to face
  • Patterns pay off in winter

  • Dec. 15
  • Grouper warm up in a hurry
  • One-shot wonders

  • Dec. 8
  • Feeling queasy
  • Too cool? Not yet

  • Dec. 1
  • High-strung
  • Weekend holds lots of promise

  • Nov. 24
  • Top women sailors head for the bay
  • Warmth would turn up the heat

  • Nov. 17
  • Want great action? Try offshore
  • Ultimate fishing machine

  • Nov. 10
  • The waiting game isn't over yet
  • Ignore bad weather. Scoff at bad luck. When it's tournament time and you're on the trail of kingfish, there is ... no time to spare

  • Nov. 3
  • Kingfish are taking the bait
  • Sail Expo is bigger, better than ever

  • Oct. 27
  • Women learn to fish on their own
  • How cool! Kings on their way
  • Look ahead

  • Oct. 20
  • Reel old
  • Breeder reds showing up

  • Oct. 13
  • Time near for king mackerel
  • The fishin' dudes

  • Oct. 6
  • Mackerel activity picks up
  • When bare bottom's a necessity

  • Sept. 29
  • Now is the best time for fishing

  • Sept. 22
  • Change your technique for mackerel
  • These mountain bikers can't dog it

  • Sept. 15
  • Beaches, wildlife need your help
  • Weather has effect on fishing

  • Sept. 8
  • Captain's corner
  • Planting sea grass continues re-emergence of Tampa Bay

  • Sept. 1
  • Sneaky snook tale
  • It has been a busy week in the bay

  • Aug. 25
  • Major wake
  • If weather permits, have fun

  • Aug. 18
  • Cool water promises hot fishing
  • Fishing up close and personal

  • Aug. 11
  • Moving day for snook approaches
  • Bonito play with your line and mind

  • Aug. 4
  • Deep water holds plenty of big fish
  • Gyotaku

  • July 28
  • Tarpon are lingering in bays, rivers
  • Season of the serpent

  • July 21
  • Paint sprayers
  • Summer doldrums can be overcome

  • July 14
  • 93-pound tarpon tops tournament
  • Grouper go offshore to cool off

  • July 7
  • The 112-mile battle with Big Blue
  • Strong tide patterns aid early risers

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