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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.


• Divers and snorkelers are invited to compete in REEF’s second annual Teeples Memorial Lionfish Derby July 27 in Fort Lauderdale. A mandatory captains’ meeting will be held July 26 at 6:30 p.m. at SE 15th Street Fisheries restaurant. A prize purse of $3,500 will be awarded. Entry fee is $120 for a team of up to four. Visit www.reef.org/lionfish/derbies or call 305-852-0030.

• Lobster hunters are invited to Bug Fest By the Sea through July 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.

• Deli Lane Cafe & Sunset Tavern will host the Miami Bugging Spiny Lobster Tournament during mini-season July 24-25. First place pays $500. Visit the restaurant at 7230 SW 59th Ave., South Miami or call 305-665-0606.

• Help promote high school fishing in the fifth annual Spartan Fishing Tournament, a multi-species inshore and offshore contest Aug. 24 at La Siesta Resort & Marina in Islamorada. Visit www.paceanglersclub.com.

• REEF will host a lionfish derby Sept. 14 at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo. A cash purse of $3,500 will be awarded. Entry fee is $120 for a team of up to four. A mandatory team meeting will be held Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. Visit www.reef.org/lionfish/derbies or call 305-852-0030.

• Catch and release bonefish for fun and prizes in the Marathon International Bonefish Tournament Sept. 19-22. Anglers may fish from boats or shore. Entry fee is $225 for adult anglers; $125 for juniors. For more information, visit www.mibt59.com or call Barbara Hewlett at 305-304-8682.

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    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.

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