Outdoors notebook


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This page is a regular weekly feature focusing on Florida outdoors adventures and upcoming events. If you would like to add to this listing, email scocking@MiamiHerald.com.

•  South Floridians from Palm Beach County through the Keys who have recreational and commercial blue crab traps in the water must remove them before Wednesday. The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission is implementing a 10-day trap closure to allow for identification and retrieval of lost and abandoned traps. Crabbers may put their traps back in the water starting July 20. During the closure, trappers may use dip nets and fold-up traps; standard traps may continue only if they are attached to a dock or private property. For more information, go to MyFwc.com.

•  Commercial and recreational red snapper harvest seasons will not open in July in federal or state waters of the South Atlantic. NOAA Fisheries is reviewing a proposed rule to determine if and when a limited harvest season might open this year and how many fish can be caught. The agency says it will give 30 days’ notice in advance of a possible harvest season opening. For more information, visit safmc.net.

•  Spearfishers are invited to compete in the Art Pinder King of Sling Spearfishing Tournament on July 13 at Shake-A-Leg Miami in Coconut Grove. For more information, email mdobal@bellsouth.net or call 305-812-8631.

•  Volunteers are invited to “bring your own boat” for a Biscayne Bay Trap Clean-up from 8 a.m. to noon July 13. Meet at Black Point Marina shrimpers’ row, 24775 SW 87 Ave., Miami. For information, call Lisa Krimsky at 305-421-4017.

•  Attend the Keys’ annual underwater music festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 13 at Looe Key, about six miles south of Big Pine Key, staged by WWUS 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 in the Islamorada Dolphin Tournament, held July 12-14 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. For information, 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 hunters. Cash prizes will be awarded. Email info@woodyfoundation.org or call 305-586-3107.

•  Flat’s fishing’s “Holy Grail” — permit on fly rod — will be the focus of the 13th annual Del Brown Invitational Permit Tournament, held July 14-17 in Key West. The angler releasing the greatest total inches of length of permit will win an original bronze trophy. Entry fee is $1,200 per angler. Visit www.delbrown.com or call 305-360-6969.

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