South Florida outdoors notebook


•  Make plans to compete in the Yamaha Contender Miami Billfish Tournament 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.

• The International Game Fish Foundation will host a Tarpon Tune-up April 4-5 at its Hall of Fame and Museum , 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach presented by Hells Bay Boatworks. A VIP night with the pros is at 6 p.m. April 4. Admission is $35. On April 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 12 big-name pros will conduct seminars on tackle, tactics and techniques. Admission is $55. For more information, visit igfa.org.

o A prize purse of $500,000 is up for grabs in the Final Sail April 9-12th 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.

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

o University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School will present “The Hidden Lives of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna and Sailfish” April 10 beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium, 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, Virginia Key. Molly Lutcavage, of the Large Pelagics Research Center at UMass Amherst, will speak. The program is free and open to the public. Call 305-421-4704.

o 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 3rd 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.

o The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission will conduct a free women’s fishing clinic April 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at John D. MacArthur State Park, 10900 Jack Nicklaus Dr., North Palm Beach. Pre-registration is required. Call Rebecca Lucas at 850-617-9639 or email Rebecca.Lucas@MyFWC.com.

o Rock the Oceans presents the Tortuga Music Festival 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.

o Register for the 21st annual Capt. Bob Lewis Kids Fishing Classic April 25-26 out of Shake-A-Leg Miami in Coconut Grove. Entry fee is $35 per angler; $40 for the offshore drift boat division covering one adult and one child. For more information, visit www.kidsfishingclassic.com or call 305-725-5614.

o Women anglers are invited to compete in the 29th annual Ladies Fishoff May 29-June 1 in Pompano Beach. Prize categories include billfish and funfish (blackfin tuna, cobia, dolphin. kingfish, and wahoo. A kick-off party will be held at Galuppi’s Restaurant in Pompano Beach on May 29. Anglers may fish out of Port Everglades or Hillsboro Inlets. Weigh-ins are at Alsdorf Park in Pompano Beach. For more information, visit www.ladiesfishoff.com.

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