OUTDOORS

South Florida outdoors notebook

 

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•  The Miami-Dade Parks Dept. announces that the Crandon Park boat ramp on Key Biscayne will be closed March 18-31 “for the maintenance of traffic concerns related to the Bear Cut Bridge.” Boaters are advised to launch at other parks, such as Haulover, Homestead Bayfront, Black Point, Pelican Harbor and Matheson Hammock.

•  The International Game Fish Association will honor two female anglers who have achieved 100 world records during ceremonies April 20 in Dania Beach.

Heather Harkavy of Coral Springs and Dotty Ballantyne of Bozeman, Mont., will receive lifetime achievement awards during the 10th annual world records ceremony at the IGFA Hall of Fame & Museum. Awards will be presented to other anglers and tackle companies earning records in saltwater, freshwater, fly rod, junior, and all-tackle length categories. Tickets cost $75; For more information, call 954-924-4240.

•  Ted Dasher of Birmingham, Ala., has won top honors for the second year in a row in the Key West Fishing Tournament. Dasher, fishing mostly with captain Brian Bennett, has been named men’s out-of-county master angler and unlimited division champion in the eight-month-long tournament. Bob Harvey of Key West repeated as winner of the men’s in-county title. Twins Allyson and Matthew Poldy, 10, of Oak Hill, Va., were top Pee Wee anglers. Elissa Giacobbi of Key West was top women’s in-county master angler and her 10-year-old son Preston was top junior.

•  Rick Moeller of Islamorada teamed with captain Mark Gilman to win the top spot in the Backcountry Fly Championship, which concluded Feb. 23 in Islamorada. Moeller released a total of 105 inches of redfish and snook — including the largest of each species — to lead the field of eight teams.

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 <span class="cutline_leadin">Timing:</span> West Palm Beach resident Kacie Herrick, 29, finished last year’s Boston Marathon about 40 minutes before the first bomb went off.

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Steve Kantner prepares to release a grass carp estimated at 12-14 pounds that he caught on fly rod in the C-11 canal in Davie.

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    Measures by Wildlife Commission target invasive lionfish

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, meeting last week near Tallahassee, stepped up the battle against the spread of invasive lionfish. Commissioners gave preliminary approval to draft rules that would prohibit importation and development of aquaculture of lionfish; permit divers using rebreathers to harvest the venomous exotics; and expand opportunities for spearfishing tournaments to target lionfish.

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