BELLEAIR - Since Competitive swimmers Cyle Sage and his wife Mandy Zipf both turn 50 years old this year, they decided to take on another aquatic challenge: an event in the Florida Keys called one of the toughest open water swims in the world.
The Belleair couple won their division, a two-person relay.
“When you turn 50, I guess you get a new bucket list of things to do. Growing up swimming in pools, and competing in pool races, we still compete in master’s competition. Open water is a nice change of pace,” Cyle said.
The Indians were well acquainted with the habits of the sharks, according to old Florida historical accounts. These days, the habits of sharks remain a mystery.
Despite the dramatic footage of people in shark cages watching sharks swim around and occasionally giving the cage a good bump, we know little of the habits of the sharks.
I do not think the same is true of dolphins.
The resounding exchange started half an hour earlier half a mile south. A quartet of dolphins fed quietly on the lee side of a mangrove isle. A second quartet of dolphins blew by them at speed. The blow-by was a greeting, albeit a rushed one. The fleet quartet charged up to their compatriots, swam side by side with them for a moment and then blasted off into the distance.
This week’s supermoon will stir the pot a bit on the fishing scene.
Not personally being a big fan of the full moon phase anyhow, having it 14 percent closer to the earth can really affect things. The school of thought is that fish feed at night on a full moon so daytime activity decreases.
Just how much truth there is to that is a bit unknown, but one thing is for sure. Fish, like all animals are much more in tune to luner activity than humans.
The pressure from the moons pull on the earth can be a negative or a positive effect, and as anglers we’re always trying to figure these things out but the reality is we know very little.
ST. PETERSBURG - The 22nd annual Fishing Line Cleanup runs from Saturday, Sept. 26 through Sunday, Oct. 4.
Volunteers with boats are being recruited to remove tangled fishing line from mangroves and shorelines of specific bird habitat site assignment locations.
Sea World Busch Gardens Conservation Fund and Restore America’s Estuaries sponsor the cleanup, which is organized by Tampa Bay Watch and Audubon of Florida.
Advanced registration on tampabaywatch.org allows captains and their volunteer crews to remove fishing line from protected bird colonies that otherwise are off limits to the public. This cleanup, scheduled in the fall when most birds are not nesting, effectively reduces the threat of entanglement for marine animals, including birds.
Fall-like conditions over the last few days have brought a new level of excitement to the local fishing scene. Water temperatures are on a steady decline and the fish are much more active now than a couple of weeks ago.
From inshore shallows to offshore ledges, our region is loaded with baitfish right now. Pilchards, threadfins and pinfish of all sizes have been thick across the grass flats and the redfish and snook are looking to put on some weight before winter comes. Head out of any pass into the Gulf right now and it won’t take long to find some signs of fall. Bird activity can be seen in all directions as they too are preparing for leaner times. Under the bait balls the birds are feeding on can be anything from ladyfish and jacks to tarpon and sharks and everything in between.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - A casual swimmer might, on a good day, do half a dozen lengths of the pool. It would be considered a good exercise day.
That, to Indian Rocks Beach resident Pat Marzulli, is child’s play. Marzulli is part of the West Florida Lightning Masters swim club and five days a week he swims two to three miles. That number goes up if he is training for a particular swim like the one he did this summer.
On July 28 Marzulli got into the water and swam around Manhattan, New York, a distance of 28.5 miles. It was his longest swim ever and he remembers it well, every detail.
CLEARWATER - Feather Sound Country Club recently hired Lew Smither III, PGA professional, as the new director of golf. Smither has more than 30 years of golf experience and will benefit membership on many levels, whether on the course as a golf instructor or through service provided by the team he will develop and train.
“It is truly our good fortune to have Lew join our management team, to represent our club and to promote our golf program enhancements,” said Tara Isaac in a press release. Isaac is director of operations at FSCC. “He exemplifies the caliber of golf pro essential to meeting our high standards. Lew’s expertise will further advance Feather Sound Country Club’s journey to becoming one of Tampa Bay’s premier country clubs.”
Feather Sound Country Club is at 2201 Feather Sound Drive in Clearwater.