Outdoors notebook

 

•  Offshore fishing teams from around the world are invited to compete in the 30th annual Blue Marlin World Cup Challenge on Friday. Teams will compete in their own time zones to catch the largest blue marlin over 500 pounds in a winner-take-all competition. Entry fee is $3,000 per boat and there’s a optional $5,000 value-added prize category. Visit www.bluemarlinworldcup.com.

•  Captain Bouncer Smith will conduct a seminar on “Bottom fishing from 20 feet to 2,000 feet” at 6:30 p.m. on July 10 at Dusky Sportcenter, 110 N. Bryan Rd., Dania Beach. Admission is $15, redeemable for store merchandise. Call 954-922-8890.

•  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will conduct a free bowhunter safety course ftom 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 12 at Castellow Hammock Park, 22301 SW 162 Ave., Miami. Students are encouraged to bring their own bows and arrows. Sign up at MyFWC.com/HunterSafety or call 561-625-5122.

•  Fish anywhere, pay nothing and eat free fried fish in the annual Treasure Trove Fishing Tournament to be held July 19 at 2933 SE Fifth Street, Fort Lauderdale. Proceeds benefit Foundation Fighting Blindness. For more information, call 754-245-6062 or email trovefishing@gmail.com.

•  Win $500 for catching the biggest lobster during the annual miniseason July 30-31 in the Miami Bugging Spiny Lobster Tournament. Headquarters is Sunset Tavern/Deli Lane, 7230 SW 59th Ave., South Miami. There will be a kids division and a photo contest. Call 305-665-0606 or visit Delilane.com.

•  Have a lot of fun and contribute to important tarpon research in the Belize Tarpon Tagging Expedition to be held Aug. 9-16 and 16-23. Anglers will join UM scientist Jerry Ault and fly-fishing great Stu Apte on the flats of northern Belize to catch, implant satellite tags, and release tarpon. For more information, email Adam Marton at adam@amfilms.tv or call 312-440-1200, or Steve McLaughlin at Front Range Anglers at 303-494-1375.

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    Off-road vehicles such as swamp buggies, street-legal 4x4s, ATVs and UTVs will be allowed back in the Big Cypress National Preserve on Friday, marking the end of the annual 60-day recreational closure to ORV access. Only the designated primary trails in the backcountry will be open. All secondary trails will remain closed for an additional 60 days. The closure does not affect landowners’ access to private property using permitted trails. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/bicy.

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