• Commercial trappers are not the only fishers allowed to harvest stone crabs when the season opens Monday. Recreational harvesters may deploy up to five traps per person, with a daily bag limit of one gallon of claws per person or two gallons per vessel, whichever is less. They can also dive for them. Claws must measure at least 2 3/4 inches from the elbow to the tip of the lower, immovable part of the claw. Both claws may be taken if they are of legal size, but the crab has a better chance of survival if one claw is left intact. The season will be open through May 15. For more information, go to myFWC.com/Fishing and click on “saltwater”.
• Three Way, co-skippered by Craig Prandini, Jon Ewing, and Rich Raymond, was the fastest PHRF-class entry in the 2012 Columbus Day Regatta held Oct. 6-7 on Biscayne Bay. Three-Way sailed the two legs in a total time of six hours and 51 seconds. Winners in 12 classes received their trophies in ceremonies Saturday at Miami’s Coral Reef Yacht Club. More winners in the fleet of 83 boats:
PHRF-2: Stephen Horwitz, Hot Air III, 6:22:49; ARC-1: Carl Wehe, Glory Daze, 5:28:18; ARC-2: Karen Mitchell, TP4, 5:22:49; ARC-3: Wilfredo Paredes, Sun Quest, 5:36:54; ARC-4: Brian McCarthy, Carpe Diem, 5:52:22; Multihull-1: Lawrence Geller/Brian Broad, Third Tri, 6:29:49; J/24: Brian Kamilar, Scouts Honor, 8:28:08; SALM Freedom: Mario Coryell, Blown Over, 3:21:32; Gunkhole-1: Michael Peteler, Unicorn, 2:43:33; Gunkhole-2: Mike Brescher, Bound Away, 3:08:32.
The IGFA has announced the winners of its Great Marlin Race — a contest to see whose tagged marlin would travel the farthest. The team of Trevor Somny, Bruce McKee and Bill Crawford sponsored a satellite tag that scientists implanted in a 575-pound blue marlin during last year’s Club Nautico de San Juan Billfish Tournament in Puerto Rico. Out of 23 marlin tagged during the year-long event, the blue from Puerto Rico travelled the greatest distance — traversing the Atlantic Ocean for more than 4,770 nautical miles. It was the longest track ever recorded from an electronic tag in a marlin.
• Gary Parsons of Naples won grand champion honors in the Bonefish World Championship/Islamorada All-Tackle Bonefish Tournament Oct. 8-10 with ten releases and two weight fish totaling 2,700 points. Parsons was guided by captain Chris Jones. Eight teams competed, totalling 33 releases and ten weight fish.