South Florida outdoors notebook: Aug. 20, 2014


Bassbusters Florida will hold silver and gold division team tournaments

Saturday and Sunday out of Roland Martin’s Marine Center in Clewiston. Register at 5 a.m. both days. Weigh-ins will begin at 3 p.m. For more information, call

Chris Fickey

at 941-232-9539.


Attend a presentation on the deepest dive in history

— the 1960 plunge into the Marianas Trench — at Islamorada’s History of Diving Museum on Sunday at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 for museum members; $10 for non-members. For more information, call 305-664-9737.


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



The Tracy K Events first annual Charity Dolphin Tournament

has been rescheduled for Sept. 20 at Shake-A-Leg Miami, 2620 S. Bayshore Dr., Coconut Grove. Entry fee is $500 per boat with up to four anglers. For more information, visit

www.Florida Dolphin

Tournament.com or call 786-429-3193.


Catch and release

bass, bonefish, pertmit, redfish, shark, snapper, snook, tarpon and trout in the “Day on the Bay” Fishing Tournament Sept. 20 in the waters of Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. Proceeds benefit scholarships for students of horticultural sciences. Entry fee is $70 for adults; $30 for juniors. For more information, call

Anita Fernandez

at 305-248-1117.


Make plans to attend the Florida Keys Birding & Wildlife Festival

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. Pre-registration is strongly recommended. Go to keysbirdingfest.org.


The Monica Burguera Foundation and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

will conduct a free boating safety course Oct. 4 at the Key Biscayne Community Center. For more information, email mbfBoatingSafety.org.


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.

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