South Florida Outdoor 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.


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•  Commercial and recreational red snapper harvest seasons will not open in July in federal or state waters of the South Atlantic. NOAA Fisheries is currently 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 said 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 Saturday 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 Cleanup on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Meet at Black Point Marina shrimpers’ row, 24775 SW 87th Ave., Miami. For more information, call Lisa Krimsky at 305-421-4017.

•  Attend the Keys’ annual underwater music festival Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Looe Key, about six miles south of Big Pine Key, staged by radio station WWUS-104. FM. 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 Friday through Sunday out of Smuggler’s Cove. Entry fee is $175 per angler and $700 per boat. Call 305-852-2102 or email ditournaments@aol.com.

•  The Bimini Sands Resort & Marina will host a Lionfish Bash Friday through Sunday. 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.

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

•  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will host a public workshop Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the IGFA Hall of Fame & Museum, 300 Gulf Stream Way in Dania Beach, on the future of deer management in South Florida. For more information, visit MyFWC.com/Deer.

•  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. Both 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 on July 21-27 in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. The event features a lobster contest with $1,000 in cash and prizes, a bug hunting seminar, underwater photo/video contest, and cooking demonstrations. Visit www.lbtsevents.com.

•  Make a plan to participate the annual lobster miniseason held statewide July 24-25. Sport divers need a recreational saltwater fishing license and a lobster permit. The bag limit is six per person in the Keys and Biscayne National Park; 12 everywhere else. For more information, visit myFWC.com.

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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.

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