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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.

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 <span class="cutline_leadin">Good to go:</span> Ryan Bancroft of Weston measures one of the lobsters he caught in the waters of Biscayne Bay near Fishermen’s Channel in July 2013.

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 <span class="cutline_leadin">Saving the day:</span> John Long releases a tarpon caught on fly rod by Sue Cocking off the Marquesas Keys.

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    Captain John Long and I zipped west in his skiff from Key West to the Marquesas Keys on Wednesday, filled with anticipation of permit. A few days earlier, anglers competing in the three-day Del Brown Invitational Permit Tournament had released 15 on fly and the winner, Nathaniel Linville, had five releases. That might not sound like much to a non-fly angler, but it’s huge. And on the previous day, Long and a friend had no less than 40 shots at permit on the flats west of Key West. They hooked two and lost them.

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