Outdoors Notebook

Snook harvest season ends Sunday in Gulf waters

 

scocking@MiamiHerald.com

•  Anglers are reminded that snook harvest season closes Sunday in all Gulf waters including the Keys and Everglades National Park. The seasonal closure, intended to protect stocks from vulnerability to cold weather, will reopen March 1. Anglers may continue to catch and release snook during the closure, but careful handling is urged. Atlantic waters will close to snook harvest Dec.15 and reopen Feb.1.

•  The recreational harvest season for gag grouper will close for most Gulf waters Wednesday. Keys waters are not included because they follow Atlantic rules for gag grouper, which mandate a closure from Jan.1 through April 30.

•  Recreational and commercial harvest of hogfish in federal waters of the Gulf (more than nine miles from shore) will close Monday because NOAA Fisheries said the annual catch limit of 208,000 pounds has been harvested.

•  The team of Jorge Mantilla, Renzo Renzi, Lee Yanes Villant and Alejandro Pinero took top team speargun honors in the Jack Kearns Classic Spearfishing Tournament held last weekend out of Shake-A-Leg Miami in Coconut Grove. The top men’s team in Sling division was Manuel Menendez, Raul Boesel, Manny Chica and Andy Solares. Chica won largest-fish honors with a 17.2-pound black grouper.

Susan Cocking

Read more Outdoors stories from the Miami Herald

  •  
Greg Shaughnessy, left, and Dillon Justice show off a large snook they caught and released using a SpoolTek lure in Jupiter Inlet.

    Outdoors

    New SpoolTek lure catches monster snook in dark of night

    There’s an oft-repeated bromide that nothing good happens after 2 a.m., but that’s not necessarily true when it comes to snook fishing. Snook angler extraordinaire/fishing tackle maker Dave Justice insisted that that’s when he, his son Dillon, 18, employee Greg Shaughnessy and I should test his latest innovation, the SpoolTek, for catching huge linesiders in Jupiter Inlet.

  • Fishing Report

    South Florida fishing report: Aug. 20, 2014

    Captain Jimbo Thomas from the charter boat Thomas Flyer out of Miamarina at Bayside reported that large schoolie dolphins have been pretty thick along a giant weedline that has been located between 20 and 25 miles offshore of Miami.

  • South Florida outdoors notebook: Aug. 20, 2014

    Bassbusters Florida will hold silver and gold division team tournaments Saturday and Sunday out of Roland Martin’s Marine Center in Clewiston. Register at 5 a.m. both days. Weigh-ins will begin at 3 p.m. For more information, call Chris Fickey at 941-232-9539.

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category