Tampa Bay Times

Captain’s Corner

- Times wires

Along with other warm-water species such as snook and baby tarpon, jack crevalle have made a fantastic comeback. Few saltwater species match their ability to chase fast-moving prey and put a strain on fly tackle. Chances of encounters can be increased by applying a few simple rules. They are always prowling for food and can be in very large schools where they will be similar in size. Moving water will get them feeding, especially when a tide changes. They can relate to structure because structure holds baitfish. Seawalls with docks, docks on points at canal entrances, mangrove points (especially with oyster bars) and bridge abutments should all be probed. I prefer white poppers or sliders size 1 to 1/0 that make a lot of surface disturbanc­e. They will investigat­e noise and strike suddenly. If you hook a fish, get it on the reel as soon as possible and keep pressure on it with the rod held low. Keep a soft bend in the rod and use a reel with adequate backing and excellent drag. It is not unusual for another fish to try to tear the fly out of the hooked fish’s mouth.

LAS VEGAS — Oscar Dansk got his third win in his third career game, and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Avalanche 7-0 Friday to extend the best start ever by an NHL expansion team.

The Golden Knights improved to 8-1-0. They’ve won five straight, matching the longest winning streak by a team in its inaugural season, joining the Rangers (1926-27) and Oilers (1979-80), the Elias Sports Bureau said.

Dansk stopped 32 shots in his second career start. The 23-year-old has been thrust into action after injuries to starter Marc-Andre Fleury and backup Malcolm Subban, and has allowed three goals on 74 shots, a .960 save percentage. James Neal got his seventh goal, and David Perron, Oscar Lindberg, Cody Eakin, Jonathan Marchessau­lt, Erik Haula and William Carrier also scored.

Semyon Varlamov allowed all seven goals on 21 shots for Colorado.

After a scoreless first period, Colorado outshot Vegas 10-1 during the first eight minutes of the second. The Golden Knights then scored four goals over the final 11:10 of the period.

“We didn’t score a goal the first six or seven minutes (of the game),” Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. “But I thought that was the best part of our game.”

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Josh Anderson scored 2:38 into overtime and the host Blue Jackets rallied to beat the Jets 2-1. Columbus (7-3-0) completed the best 10-game start in team history. … Jesper Bratt and Drew Stafford scored in a shootout, and the host Devils beat the Senators 5-4 after blowing a two-goal lead in the final 1:15 of regulation. … Dmitri Jaskin scored his first of the season and Brayden Schenn had the winner in the Blues’ a 2-1 victory over the host Hurricanes.

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