Outdoors notebook



•  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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Greg Shaughnessy, left, and Dillon Justice show off a large snook they caught and released using a SpoolTek lure in Jupiter Inlet.


    New SpoolTek lure catches monster snook in dark of night

    There’s an oft-repeated bromide that nothing good happens after 2 a.m., but that’s not necessarily true when it comes to snook fishing. Snook angler extraordinaire/fishing tackle maker Dave Justice insisted that that’s when he, his son Dillon, 18, employee Greg Shaughnessy and I should test his latest innovation, the SpoolTek, for catching huge linesiders in Jupiter Inlet.

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    South Florida fishing report: Aug. 20, 2014

    Captain Jimbo Thomas from the charter boat Thomas Flyer out of Miamarina at Bayside reported that large schoolie dolphins have been pretty thick along a giant weedline that has been located between 20 and 25 miles offshore of Miami.

  • South Florida outdoors notebook: Aug. 20, 2014

    Bassbusters Florida will hold silver and gold division team tournaments Saturday and Sunday out of Roland Martin’s Marine Center in Clewiston. Register at 5 a.m. both days. Weigh-ins will begin at 3 p.m. For more information, call Chris Fickey at 941-232-9539.

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