▪ A fleet of 18 boats braved Saturday’s heavy rain and gusty winds to compete in the one-day Nova Southeastern University/Fort Lauderdale Billfish Tournament out of Bahia Mar Yachting Center. Advanced Roofing, skippered by Jeff Scott, won top boat honors, releasing three sailfish worth $3,000. Sandbob was runner-up with two sailfish releases good for $1,500, edging third-place Reel Stubborn — also with two releases — on time. Reel Stubborn’s Lacy Ingram was top angler, releasing both of his team’s fish. The crews of both Advanced Roofing and Sandbob donated their winnings to the NSU scholarship fund. Master Plan took the funfish division, weighing a wahoo and dolphin totaling 28.2 pounds. Brian Bray on Monster caught the largest dolphin at 22.6 pounds.
▪ Sunday is a happy day for inshore anglers in the Keys, Everglades National Park and the Gulf. Snook harvest season is open through April 30. Anglers may keep one snook per person per day within the slot limit of 28 to 33 inches total length. You need a valid Florida saltwater fishing license plus snook permit. For more information, visit myFWC.com.
▪ The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission will hold a public workshop on barracudas on March 3 at 6 p.m. at the IGFA Hall of Fame and Museum in Dania Beach. The session stems from concerns expressed by fishers and divers about a recent expansion of the commercial harvest of ’cudas in southeast Florida, especially in the Keys. If you can’t make the meeting, a statewide webinar will be held March 5. Visit firstname.lastname@example.org or call 850-487-0554.
▪ Boaters visiting Elliott Key in Biscayne National Park this weekend will notice construction work underway. Workers have begun demolishing an old maintenance dock, which will be rebuilt over the next six months. The marina and campground are not affected and will remain open for the duration of the project. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/bisc.
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