The Tampa Bay Times

Capt. Brent Gaskill

        The kids are out of school for what has become an extended spring break and we’ve all been told to social distance ourselves from shopping and restaurants.  Now beaches and parks have been shut down leaving us with very few options to get away.  The good news is the salt air is clean, the weather is warm, and the fishing is good.  The charter fishing industry is open for business.  Many local captains have experienced cancellations in their schedule due to travel plans being abruptly changed by our out of state visitors.  So if you’re looking for something healthy, entertaining, and educational to do with the family, it’s time to go fishing.  Catches can include a wide variety from inshore to offshore including trout, redfish, snook, grouper, snapper, kingfish, Spanish mackerel, and more.  There are multiple closed seasons in effect meaning catch and release only but the catching can be fun.  Focusing on a few alternate species could even put a fresh dinner on the table.