Outdoors Notebook

Snook harvest season ends Sunday in Gulf waters



•  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

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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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    Captain Dean Panos of Double D charters out of Keystone Point Marina reported large amounts of Sargasso weeds in the Gulf Stream continue to attract large numbers of dolphins. Most of the dolphins have been schoolies but a few have been more than 30pounds. The dolphins have been in depths from 400 feet of water out as far as 18 miles.

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