• Improve your saltwater fishing success by spending March 2 learning from local experts at the Salt Water Sportsman Seminar at Jupiter Community High School, 500 N. Military Trail, Jupiter. Hosted by TV personality/magazine editor George Poveromo and West Palm Beach Fishing Club director Tom Twyford, the seminar covers nearly all aspects of inshore and offshore fishing from Palm Beach south through the Keys.
The slate of expert instructors includes: Dan O’Neill of Palm Beach; Jeffrey Liederman of Miami; captain Danny Barrow of Palm Beach; captain Patrick Price of Stuart; captain Nick Stanczyk of Islamorada; captain Mike Holliday of Stuart; captain Greg Bogdan of Palm Beach; captain Butch Constable of Jupiter; and captain Craig Korczynski of the Lake Worth/Indian River area.
New this year is a special kids’ seminar, free for attendees aged 15 and younger accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are $55. For more information, call 1-800-448-7360 or visit www.nationalseminarseries.com.
• Fishing: Poor conditions sent anglers looking far and wide to find a bite. The Mayor’s Cup lures some of the best fishermen in South Florida, and when conditions are slow, that experience counts.
Leading Day One with only five sailfish released is Team Just Do It, skippered by Brett Dudas.
“It was tough all over,” Just Do It owner Roger Ward said. “We caught four in the early morning bite, but didn’t get anything else until after lunch. So I said let’s have lunch again. Everybody was searching. We aren’t getting the fish down here like we usually do.”
Colder weather typically pushes schools of sails down south, but with the warm winter conditions, there haven’t been as many sailfish.
Lisa Marie Diaz is the leading angler in the female division and overall with three sails released.
Fishing continues at 3 p.m. Sunday, and it is still anyone’s tournament. If you would like to get a free boat wash or see the fish being weighed in you can go dockside at Monty’s Raw Bar in Coconut Grove after 3 p.m..
Corey W. Campbell