Outdoors notebook


•  Make plans to compete in the Yamaha Contender Miami Billfish Tournament, held Thursday through Saturday out of Miami Beach Marina. The event features a two-day contest and a one-day Outboard Challenge with billfish and funfish divisions, plus dock parties and a free festival. Visit www.miamibillfish.com or call 305-598-2525.

•  A prize purse of $500,000 is up for grabs in the Final Sail, held April 9-12 out of the DoubleTree Grand on Biscayne Bay in Miami. The tournament is the fourth and final leg of the Quest for the Crest billfish championship series. Entry fee is $4,500 per team. For more information, visit www.bluewatermovements.com or call 954-725-4010.

•  Make plans to attend the “Art of Fishing” seminar from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 10 at the Miramar Cultural Center/ArtsPark, 2400 Civic Center Place. Radio personality Eric Brandon will host; guest speakers are spearfishing record holder Andy Ansin; offshore fishing expert captain Anthony DiGiulian; and TV host/magazine editor George Poveromo. Admission is $20, which includes an open bar, refreshments, and door prizes. Call 954-602-4500.

•  Women who want to learn how to fish in saltwater are invited to attend the popular “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” seminar April 11-13 at I.T. Parker Community Center, 901 NE Third St, Dania Beach. Instructors will teach catch-and-release, knot tying, casting and other fishing techniques. There’s an optional fishing trip on the final day. For more information, visit ladiesletsgofishing.com or call 954-475-9068.

•  Rock the Oceans presents the Tortuga Music Festival on April 12-13 on Fort Lauderdale Beach to benefit marine conservation programs. Performers Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Hank Williams Jr. and others headline, and there will be a Guy Harvey Conservation Village. A two-day pass costs $165. For more information, visit www.tortugamusicfestival.com.

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  • Fishing report

    Captain Glyn Austin of Going Coastal Fishing Charters out of Sebastian reported that catch-and-release fishing for snook with live baits and artificial lures day and night has been outstanding in and around the Sebastian Inlet all the way north to the Patrick Air Force Base. Redfish and a few permits are biting in the Sebastian Inlet and are being caught on small blue crabs. Along the beaches, tarpon, bonito, jacks and sharks can be targeted all the way to Port Canaveral. These fish have been feeding along the big baitfish schools. Offshore reef fishing has been good for cobias and mangrove snappers up to 12 pounds.

A large Goliath grouper nestled into the Bonaire shipwreck off Jupiter.


    Outdoors feature: Goliath groupers make recovery but harvest remains on hold

    Dropping into the roiled, murky waters 60 feet deep off Jupiter Inlet on Monday, I heard the annual spawning aggregation of Goliath groupers before I actually saw it. Below me, I could barely make out the wreck of the MG 111 or the mottled, gentle giants that show up each year between late July and mid-October to keep their species going. But the Goliaths already had seen our group of divers and weren’t too happy about our visit. They emitted loud, bass booming noises that sound a little like gun reports – probably to alert each other and to warn us not to get too cozy.

 <span class="cutline_leadin">Under the sea:</span> The ferro cement sailboat Usikusiku sits 75 feet deep on the ocean floor after being deployed Tuesday as an artificial reef off Hollywood. It already is attracting marine life.


    Sailboat finds new life in final resting place

    The 43-foot ferro cement sailboat doesn’t look very impressive sitting on the ocean floor about 75 feet deep off Hollywood. It’s plain and bare with no design flourishes.

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