Outdoors notebook


Off-road vehicles such as swamp buggies, street-legal 4 x 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




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.

To our readers

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