South Florida 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.


•  The Tropical Audubon Society will host an environmental leadership workshop Saturday and Sunday at the Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72 Ave., Miami. The workshop is open to anyone who wants to get involved and make a difference with environmental causes. For more information, go to www.tropicalaudubon.org or call 305-667-PEEP.

•  The South Florida Fishing Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Tony Roma’s, 18050 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach. Guest speaker is light tackle guide captain Dave Kostyo. For more information, email mike2859@gmail.com.

•  Catch and release bonefish and permit for fun and trophies in the newly reformatted Islamorada All Tackle Bonefish & Permit Championship Oct. 13-16 in Islamorada. Up to 25 anglers may fish in the contest using fly, spin or general tackle. Entry fee is $850 per angler. Call Betsy Bullard at 305-587-1460 or fishnfever@bellsouth.net.

•  Divers, snorkelers and anyone else interested in coral reefs is invited to attend a stony coral identification class on Oct. 15 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. or Oct. 17 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Coral Reef Conservation Program office, 1277 NE 79th Street, Miami. RSVP to Coral@dep.state.fl.us

•  Make plans to compete in the Publix Mad Dog Mandich Fishing Classic Oct. 18-19 in Islamorada. A top prize of $5,000 will be awarded for the heaviest combined weight of dolphin, tuna, kingfish and wahoo. Entry fee is $450 per boat with up to four anglers, with a $50 discount for signing up by Oct. 11. For more information, call 305-667-0399 or www.maddogclassic.com.

•  Attend a fly-fishing expo Oct. 18-19 at the Plantation on Crystal River. The event features tackle sales, seminars and demonstrations. Two-day admission is $10. Visit http: fedflyfishers.org.

•  Catch and release bonefish, tarpon, permit, snook and redfish for trophies and prizes in the second annual Cheeca Lodge All American Backcountry Fishing Tournament Nov. 8-10 in Islamorada. Entry fee is $2,000 per angler. Call Julie Olsen at 305-517-4449 or email jolsen@cheeca.com.

•  Help fund youth conservation programs in Florida by attending the second annual Florida BlueGreen Event Nov. 16 at the home of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissioner Ron Bergeron, 21111 SW 16th St., Weston. This social fundraising event brings together outdoors enthusiasts, conservationists, resource managers, scientists and anyone interested in Florida’s natural resources. For more information, visit FloridaBlueGreen.com or call Tim O’Neil of the Wildlife Foundation of Florida at 850-212-5454.

Read more Outdoors stories from the Miami Herald

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.

 <span class="cutline_leadin">Fish frenzy:</span> Mike Leech, left, holds up a 5-pound tripletail, and captain Dick Russell shows off an 11-pound dolphin they caught last week.

    Dolphin fishing is trending up

    Fishing for dolphin, or “mahi mahi,” along the Miami-Dade/Broward coast has seen its ups and downs over the decades. But right now the catching is in the “up” phase.

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