Outdoors Notebook

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.


•  Everglades National Park will celebrate Veterans Day weekend with free admission Saturday-Monday. Visitors are invited to an open house Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the historic Nike missile site. For more information, call 305-242-7700.

•  The Broward County Parks & Recreation division will conduct the 16th annual Junior Bass Tournament Trail beginning in January for anglers aged 12-17 accompanied by a parent. Registration is open. Entry fee is $80 per angler for the four-month trail which runs through April at Quiet Waters and Tradewinds parks. For more information, call Bob Newland at 954-357-8816 or email RNewland@broward.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 from Friday to Sunday in Islamorada. Entry fee is $2,000 per angler. Call Julie Olsen at 305-517-4449 or email jolsen@cheeca.com.

•  Captain Bouncer Smith will conduct a seminar on “wahoo, grouper and other trolling targets” Nov. 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Dusky Sport Center, 110 N. Bryan Rd., Dania Beach. Admission is $15, redeemable for store merchandise. Call 954-922-8890.

•  “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” — the popular saltwater fishing seminar for women — will host a weekend of learning stations, lectures, festivities and fishing Nov. 15-17 at the BPOE Elks Lodge, mile marker 92, U.S. 1, Tavernier. Fee for the weekend is $145; lodging and optional fishing adventure cost extra. Call 954-475-9068 or visit www.ladiesletsgofishing.com.

•  Fish for largemouth and peacock bass with a NASCAR celebrity in the Hot Rods & Reels Charity Fishing Tournament on Nov. 16 at 8:30 a.m. in the infield lake at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Proceeds will benefit the “Speediatrics” unit at Homestead Hospital. For more information, call 954-792-7223, ext. 113 or visit hotrodsandreels.com.

•  Help clean up Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Key Largo on Nov.16 from 9 a.m. to noon. Meet at refuge headquarters, 10750 CR 905 and bring a kayak or canoe, or walk the shore. For more information, call 305-451-4223 or email crocodilelake@fws.gov.

•  Help fund youth conservation programs in Florida by attending the second annual Florida BlueGreen Event on Nov. 16 at the home of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissioner Ron Bergeron, 21111 SW 16th Street, 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.

•  The Bimini Big Game Club 21-23 in Bimini, Bahamas. Entry fee is $1,250 per boat with up to four anglers. First prize is $5,000. Visit http://www.biggameclubbimini.com/big-game-tournament.htm or call 800-867-4764.

• Biscayne National Park will kick off its seasonal free Family Fun Fests on Dec. 8 from 1p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dante Fascell Visitor Center. The theme is “The Hungry Games” exploring how the park’s animals get their food, and is targeted at families with toddlers. The city of Homestead will provide free trolley transportation to the event. For more information, call 305-230-7275, ext 0 or visit www.nps.gov/bisc.

• Cheeca Lodge & Spa will host the 24th annual Cheeca Lodge Presidential Sailfish Tournament Jan. 16-18 in Islamorada. Entry fee is $695 for the first angler; $645 for each additional angler up to four per boat. Trophies will be awarded. Call Julie Olsen at 305-577-4449 or email jolsen@cheeca.com.

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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.

    Lobster fishing | Annual two-day miniseason (Wed.-Thu.)

    Claw and order expected for Florida’s annual two-day lobster miniseason

    Florida’s largest undeclared state holiday — the annual two-day lobster miniseason — arrives Wednesday and Thursday. Thousands of hopeful scuba divers, snorkelers and bully netters will crowd the state’s waterways, vying for neighborhood barbecue supremacy.

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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.

    In My Opinion

    Tarpon make for nice backup plan

    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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Shane Hutto of Orlando holds up a large red snapper he caught off Port Canaveral with Cop Out Charters.

    Final red snapper of the season ready to be snapped up

    Only one weekend remains open in this summer’s eight-day red snapper recreational mini-season in federal South Atlantic waters. Anglers have from one minute after midnight Friday until midnight Saturday to bring home one fish per person of any size. After that, the season will be closed indefinitely.

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