South Florida outdoors notebook: July 16, 2014

 

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

•  The Monica Burguera Foundation has teamed with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary to offer free boating safety classes in both English and Spanish beginning Saturday at the foundation, 3750 W. Flagler St., Miami. For more information, visit mbfBoatingSafety.org or call Henry Cespedes at 305-428-2453, Ext. 2.

•  Win $500 for catching the biggest lobster in the Miami Bugging Spiny Lobster Tournament during the annual miniseason July 30-31. 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.

•  Compete in the Tracy K Events Charity Dolphin Tournament on Aug. 9 out of Shake-A-Leg Miami, 2620 S. Bayshore Dr., Coconut Grove. Entry fee is $500 per boat for up to four anglers. Eligible species are dolphin, tuna, wahoo and kingfish. For more information, call 786-429-3193 or visit www.Floridadolphintournament.com.

•  Have a lot of fun and contribute to important tarpon research in the Belize Tarpon Tagging Expedition, 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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    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.

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    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.

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    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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