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

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