OUTDOORS

South Florida outdoors notebook

 

•  The “Save Our Canals” Open Team Tournament will be held May 3 at Everglades Holiday Park in West Broward. Entry fee is $50 per team. Weigh-in is at 2 p.m. Call Al Ovies at 786-325-2934.

•  Join television fishing show host George Poveromo for the Mako Owners/Bass Pro Shops Fishing Funament May 15-17 in Dania Beach. Fish inshore, offshore and nearshore for fun and prizes. Entry fee is $100 per boat. To register, visit www.funaments.com.

•  Help rid the Everglades of exotic fish in the fifth annual Everglades Nonnative Fish Round-up May 17. Prizes will be awarded in various categories. Weigh-in stations will be set up at Miccosukee Arches, SW 8th Street and SW 172 Ave., Miami-Dade County; University of Florida, 3205 College Ave., Davie; and Conservancy of Southwest Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples. To register and receive more information, go to: http://www.evergladescisma.org/roundup/. Registration deadline is 9 p.m. on May 15.

•  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.

•  Make plans to compete in the 12th annual Palm Beach County KDW Classic May 31 at Riviera Beach Marina sponsored by the West Palm Beach Fishing Club. Over $30,000 in cash will be awarded for catching kingfish, wahoo and dolphin. Registration fee is $175 per angler before May 22; $275 after May 22. Visit www.kdwclassic.com or call 561-832-6780.

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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.

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

    OUTDOORS

    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.

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 <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.

    Diving

    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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