South Florida outdoors notebook: Aug. 6, 2014

 

•  Compete in the Tracy K Events Charity Dolphin Tournament on Saturday 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.

•  Test different kinds of paddlecraft rowboats, standup paddleboards, dragon boats, surf skis and kayaks — at a free open house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 16 at Miami Rowing and Watersports Center, 3601 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami. For more information, email info@miamirowing.org.

•  The Monica Burguera Foundation and Miami Children’s Hospital, in conjunction with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, will conduct a free boating safety class from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at Miami Children’s Hospital’s main auditorium. To register, go to www.mbfBoatingSafety.org or call Henry Cespedes at 305-428-2453, Ext. 2, or email fsope@flotilla67.org.

•  Have a lot of fun and contribute to important tarpon research in the Belize Tarpon Tagging Expedition, held Saturday through Aug. 16 and Aug. 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.

•  Compete in the “Land Your Lure” casting competition Sept. 13 in West Palm Beach for a chance to win $10,000. The contest will be held at the Feast of the Sea seafood festival on the West Palm Beach waterfront from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. The field is limited to 100 competitors. Register at http://feastofthesea.com/10k-casting-competition.

•  Make plans to attend the Florida Keys Birding & Wildlife Festival on Sept. 23-28. Events will be held in Everglades and Dry Tortugas national parks, including birding field trips, lectures and workshops. Headquarters is Curry Hammock State Park, mile marker 56.2, U.S. 1 in the middle Keys. Preregistration is strongly recommended. Go to keysbirdingfest.org.

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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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