Outdoors notebook



•  State and federal fisheries managers will hold four public workshops in South Florida in July and August to get your input on marine fish issues unique to this region. Members of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic fishery management councils will host the sessions, featuring topics such as whether to manage yellowtail and mutton snapper regionally or separately in state and federal waters. Meetings will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. July 29 at the IGFA Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach; July 30 at the Murray E. Nelson Government Center in Key Largo; July 31 at Key Colony Beach City Hall; and Aug. 1 at Harvey Government Center in Key West. For more information, email Marine@myFWC.com.

•  Would your child like to appear as a guest on captain Rick Murphy’s weekly TV show “Chevy Florida Insider Fishing Report?” The show will be taping its annual “Take a Kid Fishing” episode Wednesday from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the IGFA Hall of Fame & Museum, 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach. Producers are inviting families with children to attend free, and kids will be filmed with Murphy. The first 100 kids arriving by 7 p.m. receive spinning rods and a tackle kit, and all kids will be entered in a drawing for a free, weeklong IGFA summer camp session. Visit www.igfa.org.

•  Broward Parks and Recreation division said it will launch a new online reservations system beginning July 1. Park visitors will be able to reserve pavilions and picnic shelters and purchase annual gate passes, and register for specific events and activities at webtrac.broward.org.

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    Captain Gil Gutierrez of Lucky Fishing Charters out of TNT Marina in Keystone reported that nighttime snapper fishing on the reefs offshore of Miami has been red hot. Plenty of mangrove, mutton and yellowtail snappers are biting cut bait over the reef in depths of 25 to 60 feet of water. Captain Bill Hauck from the party boat Sea King out of Marathon reported the nighttime mangrove snapper fishing on the reef is off the chart. Nighttime snapper anglers are having no problem catching a limit of snappers, which are eating ballyhoo and threadfin herring.

  • Outdoors notebook

    Off-road vehicles such as swamp buggies, street-legal 4x4s, ATVs and UTVs will be allowed back in the Big Cypress National Preserve on Friday, marking the end of the annual 60-day recreational closure to ORV access. Only the designated primary trails in the backcountry will be open. All secondary trails will remain closed for an additional 60 days. The closure does not affect landowners’ access to private property using permitted trails. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/bicy.

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