▪ Spearfishers are invited to compete in the Jack Kearns Classic VII Oct. 18 at 7 a.m. out of Cocoplum Yacht Club in Coral Gables. A captains’ meeting will be held Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Scotty’s Landing in Coconut Grove. For more information, call 305-898-2124 or visit SouthFloridaFreedivers.com.
▪ The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission will conduct free, hunter safety courses Oct. 19 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hollywood Rifle & Pistol Club, 2989 Stirling Rd., and also at Kiffney’s Firearms & Indoor Range, mile marker 106, U.S.1, Key Largo. Students must complete the online course prior to attending. For more information, visit MyFWC.com/HunterSafety or call 561-625-5122.
▪ Television show host and Salt Water Sportsman magazine editor George Poveromo will conduct a free seminar on blue marlin fishing off South Florida Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. at the West Palm Beach Fishing Club. For more information, call the club at 561-832-6780 or visit www.westpalmbeachfishingclub.org.
▪ Tune up your billfish gear in the Dust ’Em Off Sailfish Warm-Up tournament Oct. 25 out of Sports Grill in Miami Lakes. Entry fee is $250 per boat, and prize money will be based on entries. A captain’s meeting will be held Oct. 24. Tournament boundaries are from Carysfort Reef to Jupiter Inlet. For more information, visit dustemoffsailfish.com or call captain Ben Sharpe at 786-366-7883.
▪ Help raise funds for breast cancer patients by competing in the Stuart Sailfish Club’s “Saltwater Sisters” Tournament Oct. 24-25 out of Pirates Cove Resort and Marina in Stuart. Eligible species are sailfish (release only); dolphin, kingfish and wahoo. Only women may compete as anglers, but men may serve as captains and crews. For more information, call 772-286-9373.
▪ The Florida Department of Environmental Protection will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve with “Paddle Out Biscayne Bay” Oct. 25 beginning at 7 a.m. out of Pelican Harbor Marina on Miami’s 79th Street Causeway. Participants will paddle three miles to Helkers Island for a special event, followed by an after-party from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fee is $35 for a boat ride; $40 for kayaks. Go to www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/sites/Biscayne/40thanniversary.
▪ Make plans to attend the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Oct. 30-Nov. 3 at Bahia Mar Hotel & Yachting Center, Broward County Convention Center, Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Municipal Marina, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Sails Marina and Pier66 Marina. General admission is $22 online for adults; $24 at the show; $7 online for children 6-15 online; $9 at the show; and free for children under 6. Call 954-764-7642 or visit showmanagement.com.
▪ Women can sharpen their outdoors skills at the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission’s “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” workshop Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at the Everglades Youth Conservation Camp west of West Palm Beach. There will be sessions on hunting, fishing, hiking, canoeing and other skills. Registration fee is $200, and participation is limited to 100. For more information, call 561-625-5122 or go to myFWC.com/BOW.
▪ Marine artist/conservationist/scientist Guy Harvey will host the seventh annual Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation fundraiser Nov. 1 at the IGFA Hall of Fame & Museum, 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach. There will be a banquet, live music and auctions. Tickets cost $300; $2,500 for a table of ten. Visit www.GuyHarvey.com/GHOFbanquet.
▪ Islamorada’s Cheeca Lodge will host the All American Backcountry Fishing Tournament Nov. 13-15. Eligible species are: snook, redfish, bonefish, tarpon and permit. Fishing is out of Worldwide Sportsman. Entry fee is $2,000 per angler. Call Julie Olsen at 305-517-4449 or visit www.cheeca.com/all-american.
▪ Help fish for a cure for cystic fibrosis in the 19th annual AT&T Jeb Bush Florida Classic Nov. 13 in Fort Lauderdale. Fishing is out of the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, 1881 SE 17th St. Causeway. Entry fees range from $2,500 to $8,000 per boat. For more information, go to www.jebcf.org.
▪ Women who want to sharpen their saltwater fishing skills are invited to attend the “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” seminar Nov. 14-16 in Islamorada. Classes and social events will be at the Tavernier BPOE Elks Club, mile marker 99, U.S.1. There are also optional inshore and offshore fishing excursions. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 954-475-9068.
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