Outdoors notebook

 

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•  Southeast Florida anglers have less than one week to catch a snook for dinner before the annual spawning closure that begins Saturday and ends Sept. 1. The harvest season in Gulf waters, including the Keys and Everglades National Park, has been closed since the deep freeze in 2010. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissioners will decide at their June meeting in Lakeland whether to reopen the Gulf to snook harvest on Sept. 1. Also closing Saturday are the recreational and commercial harvest seasons for greater amberjack in Gulf state and federal waters. Both seasons will reopen Aug. 1.

•  A 44-day recreational harvest season for red snapper in Gulf state waters (out to nine miles) will open Saturday and close July 15. However, in Gulf federal waters (beyond nine miles from shore), the red snapper season will close June 27. The bag limit is two fish per person per day with a minimum size of 16 inches total length. The reason for the difference in season lengths is the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission chose to reject consistency with federal regulations based on reports that an upcoming federal stock assessment will show the fishery is doing better than previously thought. Meanwhile, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is scheduled to review that stock assessment at its meeting in June in Pensacola. The council might ask NOAA Fisheries to adopt an emergency rule reopening the recreational red snapper season later in the year.

•  The Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative will host a series of public workshops in June to launch a community planning process for coral reefs in the region. Meetings will be held at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. June 19 at Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center’s third floor auditorium, 8000 N. Ocean Dr., Dania Beach; June 25 at the North Dade Regional Library auditorium, 2455 NW 183 St., Miami; and June 26 at the South Dade Regional Library second floor conference room, 10750 SW 211 St., Cutler Bay. For more information, visit www.OurFloridaReefs.org.

•  NOAA Fisheries announces that the recreational harvest of snowy grouper in the South Atlantic will close at 12:01 a.m. Friday. Harvest will reopen Jan. 1, 2014. Officials said the fishing season had to be shortened because landings for 2010-2012 exceeded the annual catch limit. However, the commercial fishery remains open.

•  Hayley Henry, 14, of Homestead caught what might be a female junior world record permit weighing 40 pounds, 13 ounces. The IGFA said Hayley was fishing with her dad, Anton, last month off Homestead when the fish ate a live crab. The catch is currently undergoing the lengthy certification process for world records.

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Shane Hutto of Orlando holds up a large red snapper he caught off Port Canaveral with Cop Out Charters.

    Final red snapper of the season ready to be snapped up

    Only one weekend remains open in this summer’s eight-day red snapper recreational mini-season in federal South Atlantic waters. Anglers have from one minute after midnight Friday until midnight Saturday to bring home one fish per person of any size. After that, the season will be closed indefinitely.

  • Fishing report

    Captain Dean Panos of Double D charters out of Keystone Point Marina reported large amounts of Sargasso weeds in the Gulf Stream continue to attract large numbers of dolphins. Most of the dolphins have been schoolies but a few have been more than 30pounds. The dolphins have been in depths from 400 feet of water out as far as 18 miles.

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