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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

•  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 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

•  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

•  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 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 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

•  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 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

•  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

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  • Fishing report

    Captain Glyn Austin of Going Coastal Fishing Charters out of Sebastian reported that catch-and-release fishing for snook with live baits and artificial lures day and night has been outstanding in and around the Sebastian Inlet all the way north to the Patrick Air Force Base. Redfish and a few permits are biting in the Sebastian Inlet and are being caught on small blue crabs. Along the beaches, tarpon, bonito, jacks and sharks can be targeted all the way to Port Canaveral. These fish have been feeding along the big baitfish schools. Offshore reef fishing has been good for cobias and mangrove snappers up to 12 pounds.

A large Goliath grouper nestled into the Bonaire shipwreck off Jupiter.


    Outdoors feature: Goliath groupers make recovery but harvest remains on hold

    Dropping into the roiled, murky waters 60 feet deep off Jupiter Inlet on Monday, I heard the annual spawning aggregation of Goliath groupers before I actually saw it. Below me, I could barely make out the wreck of the MG 111 or the mottled, gentle giants that show up each year between late July and mid-October to keep their species going. But the Goliaths already had seen our group of divers and weren’t too happy about our visit. They emitted loud, bass booming noises that sound a little like gun reports – probably to alert each other and to warn us not to get too cozy.

 <span class="cutline_leadin">Under the sea:</span> The ferro cement sailboat Usikusiku sits 75 feet deep on the ocean floor after being deployed Tuesday as an artificial reef off Hollywood. It already is attracting marine life.


    Sailboat finds new life in final resting place

    The 43-foot ferro cement sailboat doesn’t look very impressive sitting on the ocean floor about 75 feet deep off Hollywood. It’s plain and bare with no design flourishes.

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