Outdoors notebook



•  Rules on several species of saltwater fish will highlight the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission meeting Wednesday and Thursday in Havana, near Tallahassee. Commissioners will hold a final public hearing to set the Gulf of Mexico red snapper season in state waters (out to 9 miles from shore) for June 1 through July 14. The commission will consider a draft rule to eliminate the requirement to possess a saltwater fishing license when targeting lionfish with a pole spear or “lion-tamer” device. There would be no recreational or commercial bag limit for lionfish, an exotic species from the Indo Pacific that has become a big problem in Florida waters over the past five years. Commissioners also will take up a draft rule designating tarpon and bonefish as catch-and-release-only species. They are expected to discuss the controversy over jigs versus live bait when tarpon fishing in southwest Florida’s Boca Grande Pass.

•  The International Women’s Fishing Association has inducted longtime member Glenda Kelley into its Hall of Fame. Kelley, an accomplished recreational fisher and scuba diver, has worked with state government as well as national and international organizations on fisheries conservation issues. Kelley was a professor of marine biology at Nova Southeastern University before joining the International Game Fish Association as a biologist.

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    South Florida outdoors notebook: Seminar on bottom fishing set for July 10

    Captain Bouncer Smith will conduct a seminar on Bottom fishing from 20 feet to 2,000 feet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 10, at Dusky Sportcenter, 110 N. Bryan Rd., Dania Beach. Admission is $15, redeemable for store merchandise. Call 954-922-8890.

Tyler Vick of Pawleys Island, South Carolina, holds up a nice snook caught near Flamingo in Everglades National Park.


    Snook appear to have made full recovery in Everglades National Park

    The fishing near Flamingo in Everglades National Park is so good these days you almost forget about the bloodthirsty insects descending on you and the cloying heat enveloping you the minute you get out of the car.

  • Fishing Report: Redfish are best bet in Florida Bay

    Captain Jason Sullivan of Rising Tide Charters reported having some of the best tailing redfish action he has seen in years over the flats in Florida Bay. At times he has come across schools of redfish that numbered close to 100. Captain Jon Fetter of Catching the Cure Backcountry Fishing Charters out of Fort Myers reported redfishing has been hot during the early mornings around the mangrove shorelines. Shrimp-tipped jigs have been the top redfish baits this week. Plenty of mangrove snapper can be caught along the mangrove islands and oyster bars where they are attacking shrimp-tipped jigs.

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