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•  Miami-Dade County Parks will celebrate National Marina Day June 14 with free activities at six public marinas encouraging boaters to enjoy their sport. Meet-and-greets and boat safety programs will be presented at Bill Bird Marina at Haulover Park; Black Point Marina; Crandon Park Marina; Homestead Bayfront Park; Matheson Hammock Marina; and Pelican Harbor Marina. For more information, call 305-755-7848.

•  Fish with Miami Hurricanes greats in the fourth annual Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys/University of MIami Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Dolphin Fishing Tournament June 27-28. Fishing is out of Founders Park at milemarker 87, U.S. 1, Islamorada and headquarters is Coconut Cove Resort. Pro football Hall of Famer and Hurricane alumnus Michael Irvin will host. Other UM celebrity anglers include Ted Hendricks, Warren Sapp, Clinton Portis, Brett Romberg, Gary Dunn and others. Deep Impact Boats will sponsor. Entry fee is $650. Visit www.canesfish.com or call 305-667-0399.

•  Barefoot Wine and Surfrider Foundation will host a beach cleanup June 28 from 10 a.m. to noon at Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. A celebration will follow from noon to 2 p.m. at Aruba’s Beach Cafe. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit BeachRescue2014.com.

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 <span class="cutline_leadin">Good to go:</span> Ryan Bancroft of Weston measures one of the lobsters he caught in the waters of Biscayne Bay near Fishermen’s Channel in July 2013.

    Lobster fishing | Annual two-day miniseason (Wed.-Thu.)

    Claw and order expected for Florida’s annual two-day lobster miniseason

    Florida’s largest undeclared state holiday — the annual two-day lobster miniseason — arrives Wednesday and Thursday. Thousands of hopeful scuba divers, snorkelers and bully netters will crowd the state’s waterways, vying for neighborhood barbecue supremacy.

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 <span class="cutline_leadin">Saving the day:</span> John Long releases a tarpon caught on fly rod by Sue Cocking off the Marquesas Keys.

    In My Opinion

    Tarpon make for nice backup plan

    Captain John Long and I zipped west in his skiff from Key West to the Marquesas Keys on Wednesday, filled with anticipation of permit. A few days earlier, anglers competing in the three-day Del Brown Invitational Permit Tournament had released 15 on fly and the winner, Nathaniel Linville, had five releases. That might not sound like much to a non-fly angler, but it’s huge. And on the previous day, Long and a friend had no less than 40 shots at permit on the flats west of Key West. They hooked two and lost them.

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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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