Outdoors notebook

 

•  Off-road vehicles such as swamp buggies, street-legal 4 4s, 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.

•  Immerse yourself in all things lobster in the 2014 BugFest-by-the-Sea now through Saturday in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. The event features a lobster-hunting contest during the two-day miniseason Wednesday and Thursday with $15,000 in cash and prizes; a dive festival; photo and video contest; art show; seminars and food. Visit www.bugfestbythesea.com or call Steve d’Oliveira at 954-640-4209.

•  Win $500 for catching the biggest lobster during the annual miniseason, which ends Thursday, 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.

•  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 call Steve McLaughlin at Front Range Anglers at 303-494-1375.

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    Captain Pete Rapps of Captain Rapps’ Charters and Guides out of Chokoloskee reported snook are feeding on a good moving outgoing tide around the outside barrier islands. Live baits such as the pilchards, pinfish and threadfin herring and the DOA Terrorize soft plastics have been producing some of the best snook bites. Sea trout are feeding over grass in 3-5 feet of water. The redfish have been feeding along the oyster bars on the incoming tides. Popping corks with shrimp or pilchards have been getting a lot of the redfish strikes. Big tarpon are still around, holding in the open outside bays and flats, and have been feeding best during early mornings. Live baits such as small ladyfish, large threadfin herring, pinfish and mullet have been getting the most tarpon strikes.

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    Make plans to catch fish in the Mako Owners/Bass Pro Shops Fishing Funament, held Thursday through Sunday in Islamorada. TV personality George Poveromo will host. Entry fee is $100 per boat. A kickoff party will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Worldwide Sportsman. For more information, visit www.funaments.com.

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A huge snook patrols the wreck of the DMC Barge about 60 feet deep off Fort Pierce.

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