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•  Former NFL star Ray Lewis will host the 2013 UM Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Dolphin Tournament June 28-29 in Islamorada. Headquarters is the Postcard Inn at Holiday Isle. Other football celebrities include: Warren Sapp, Ted Hendricks, Jim Kelly, Brett Romberg, Gary Dunn, Damione Lewis, and Randall Hill. For more information, visit www.canes fish.com or call tournament director K.C. Jones, 305-925-3660.

•  Win cash for catching tasty fish in the Burdines Waterfront Dolphin & Blackfin Tuna Tournament June 28-30 in Marathon. Entry fees are $100 for adult anglers and $50 for juniors. Call Brenda Duff at 305-743-5317 or email burdineswaterfront@gmail.com.

•  More than $10,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded in the Ladies Dolphin Championship June 29 in Key West. Entry fee is $400 per boat. Email Lee@murraymarine.com or call 305-296-0364.

•  Attend the Keys’ annual underwater music festival July 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Looe Key, about six miles south of Big Pine Key, staged by WWUS-FM (104.1). The theme is “Salute to the Rolling Stone Crabs” in honor of the band’s 50-year career and the Keys’ local seafood delicacy. For more information, visit www.lowerkeyschamber.com.

•  Some $10,000 in prize money will be awarded at the Islamorada Dolphin Tournament from July 12 to 14 out of Smuggler’s Cove. Entry fee is $150 per angler or $650 per boat before June 22; $175 per angler and $700 per boat after June 22. Call 305-852-2102 or email ditournaments@aol.com.

The Bimini Sands Resort & Marina will host a Lionfish Bash on July 12-14. Entry fee is $200 per boat for up to four people. Cash prizes will be awarded. Email info@woodyfoundation.org or call 305-586-3107.

•  Few rules and no entry fee highlight the Treasure Trove Fishing Tournament on July 20 on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Awards will be handed out for weighing multiple species and there will be a charity auction. Rod-and-reel and spearfishing are allowed. Email Trovefishing@gmail.com or Call Phil at 754-245-6062.

•  Lobster hunters are invited to Bug Fest By the Sea July 21-27 in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. Visit www.lbtsevents.com.

•  Make a plan to participate in Florida’s annual statewide lobster miniseason for sport divers July 24-25. Bug hunters need a valid saltwater fishing license, plus lobster permit available online at myfwc.com or at county tax collectors’ offices and some retail outlets. The bag limit is 12 per person, per day everywhere except the Keys and Biscayne National Park.

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Boaters and divers look for lobster off Cape Florida on Wednesday July 30, 2014.

    LOBSTER MINISEASON

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  • Fishing report

    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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