LARGO - Marci Sadorf, 60, describes herself as a goal-oriented person. This weekend, her goal is a feat of endurance few ever attempt: a 2.4-mile swim, followed by a 112-mile bicycle ride, capped off with a marathon run.
Sadorf will compete in the Ironman Florida in Panama City Beach Saturday, Nov. 1. She’s hoping to complete the race in 15 hours, she said, but will count any time within the 17 hours before the midnight cutoff time as a success.
We are currently in the middle of what has been a perfect transition of summer into fall. Mild conditions have our local water temperatures holding in the mid 70s, a perfect temperature for aggressive feeding activity for both migratory and resident fish alike.
Kingfish and other pelagic species continue to move through the area and although we’ve yet to see that really big push of fish, the action is still pretty good right now. Area beaches are alive with activity. Massive pods of micro bait are falling prey to bonita, Spanish mackerel and jack crevalle. An amazing sight to witness, as the bait balls are pushed to the surface and then blitzed by the fish below. Getting in on the frenzy are some much larger predators - tarpon, kingfish and blacktip sharks can be seen at times airing out through the middle of the boil, a sight so impressive it rivals anything found in the world of big game fishing.
MADEIRA BEACH - Over 350 teams and 1,000 anglers are expected for the 21st annual Fall King of the Beach King Fishing Tournament Thursday to Saturday, Nov. 6-8 in Madeira Beach.
Thursday night kicks off the three-day festival with a festive captain’s party next door to the Madeira Beach Marina. The fun continues Friday night with more great activities, food and a free concert.
Saturday’s events include food and drinks, live music and an interactive kids zone. Weigh-ins follow later in the day with over $100,000 in prize money and a guaranteed payout of $20,000.
LARGO - Chicken, fish and vegetables are on the menu at the Pinellas County Extension in November. For a cost of $15 each, participants can enroll in Chickens 101 or Aquaponics.
Classes are at the Pinellas County Extension office located at 12520 Ulmerton Road in Largo.
The popularity of raising backyard poultry has increased due to new regulations allowing chickens in some Pinellas County communities. Chickens 101 is an introductory program for raising these backyard birds. The workshop will teach local laws and resources, the benefits of chickens and the basics, including breeds, housing, feeding, health and chicken development. The program is designed for adults. Chickens 101 will be held Saturday, Nov. 1, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Registration is required online at tinyurl.com/ogjptjm.
CLEARWATER - Frenchy’s 22nd annual Gumbo Tennis Classic benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, presented by Nicholas Financial, will kick off on Thursday, Nov. 6, with a draw party at Frenchy’s Saltwater Café in Clearwater Beach.
Play begins on Friday, Nov. 7, 5 p.m., at the Henry L. McMullen Tennis Complex, 1000 Edenville Ave.
Play will continue throughout the weekend until Sunday, Nov. 9. First place winners will receive cash prizes, a custom tile trophy and the satisfaction of giving back to their community.
LARGO - The City of Largo Recreation, Parks and Arts recently unveiled a new kayak and canoe launch at John R. Bonner Park, 14444 143rd St. N.
Paddle Points show canoeists and kayakers where they can paddle, launch and portage during park hours. This new Paddle Point provides direct access to the Intracoastal Waterway, great fishing, wildlife viewing and even shopping and dining at nearby Hamlin’s Landing.
For more information on the new Paddling Point, call 586-7415 or visit LargoNature.com.
Two decent cold fronts in as many weeks has undoubtedly changed the fishing scene. With water temperatures now in the upper 70s it’s time to get serious about kingfish, Spanish mackerel, cobia and tripletail. These migratory fish will make their way along our coast for the next several weeks, barring any major weather change.
This first wave of kingfish making their way through right now are big, fish over 30 pounds are common and 40-pound fish are definitely out there. Big baits equal big fish, when fishing in close to the beach this means Spanish mackerel, jack crevalle, and ladyfish to name a few, are what the kingfish are looking for. Schools of these fish can be seen frothing the surface as they run a full blitz on huge pods of defenseless fry bait. Slow troll freshly caught baits around the edges of the frenzy. Stinger rigs with up to three treble hooks will help you hook up as kingfish are known for hitting the tail of the bait and then circling around for a clean-up strike. Something to keep in mind when your bait gets hit but the rod doesn’t go off. Free spool the bait so it remains in the area it was hit. Most likely injured and struggling, the kingfish should come back and finish the job.