July is National Park and Recreation Month and the Pinellas County Parks and Conservation Resources department encourages residents to go outside and enjoy one or more of the county’s parks and preserves.
Pinellas County residents have many options to be active. Following are some examples of activities residents can enjoy each week throughout July:
If you see a small dolphin at sea covered with white lines and dots, give him a respectful distance. He is one of our little local yearlings. His name is Saga. He is slowly recovering from a half dozen shark bites.
His fateful encounter happened midmorning on June 10, 2016. He was with his mother, another mother-calf pair and a teen female in hip-deep shallows along an undeveloped coastline. The adults were hunting. The two calves were not. One calf was just 23 days old, a newborn glued to mom’s side learning how to swim. The other calf, Saga, was just a year old. He had some practice catching fish but is too young to depend solely on his own hunting skills.
The dog days of summer are upon us. Warm water temperatures and lack of bait in the area has given anglers few options when it comes to a day on the water.
Understanding what species of fish aren’t as bothered by the heat as others will help in making the right choices, whether you’re pursuing a fish dinner or fishing for sport.
Once again, tarpon and sharks are at the top of the list for those wanting to do battle with some true summer giants. Tarpon are becoming more abundant at the Bay bridges and pass bridges at night as well as many deep water spots throughout Tampa Bay. Nighttime bridge fishing has been very productive recently. Tarpon cruise the shadow lines looking for shad, ladyfish, crabs or shrimp. Anchoring up tide of the shadow line and floating back a live ladyfish right to the edge will produce a strike if the fish are there.
CLEARWATER - Brad Kendall, 35, a Clearwater resident and now an Olympic sailor, was practically speechless when dozens of people showed up to offer financial help and moral support for him and the two other members of the Sonar Class sailboat as they prepare for the Paralympics in Rio De Janiero in September.
“This is awesome, fantastic,” he said, after Pinellas County Commissioner Karen Seel read a proclamation making July 9 Brad Kendall Day in Clearwater.
CLEARWATER - The Clearwater Yacht Club will host a fundraiser Saturday, July 9, for Clearwater native and sailboat racing competitor Brad Kendell.
Kendell and his team of Rick Doerr and Hugh Freund will represent the United States at the Paralympics Games in Rio de Janeiro in September.
The team won the gold medal in the Sonar class at the 2016 Para World Sailing Championship in the waters off Medemblik, Netherlands, in May.
Many people are not aware that the United States offers no financial support to its Olympic athletes. While this may not be as big of a concern for a runner or swimmer, for sailors it costs a great deal to compete at this level, a Yacht Club press release said.
Light winds have made it easy to run out into the Gulf a few miles this past week. Bottom fishing has been a better option as of late due to the water temperatures on the flats approaching 90 degrees mid-day and the onshore breeze keeping the beach from getting clean enough to catch snook and tarpon.
Shallow water gag grouper and mangrove snapper fishing has been pretty good over the last several days. Working ledges in 30- to 45-feet of water we’ve been able to get both species from the same spots.
TARPON SPRINGS - The Clearwater Marine Aquarium rescue team responded to a call July 3 about a dolphin in distress at Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs.
CMA’s rescue team confirmed that the dolphin was an adult male Atlantic bottlenose dolphin in good body condition. It appeared that the dolphin had been caught in the shallows due to the low tide, according to a press release from CMA.
Two lifeguards on scene set up an umbrella and placed a blanket on the animal to protect it from the sun exposure prior to the team’s arrival.