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South Florida outdoors notebook: May 13, 2015

▪ Captain Bouncer Smith will discuss mahi fishing at 6 p.m. Thursday at Dusky Sport Center, 110 N. Bryan Rd., Dania Beach. Admission is $15, redeemable for store merchandise. Call 954-922-8890.

▪ This Florida Keys-wide dolphin challenge from Friday to Sunday allows anglers to fish one tournament from Key Largo to Key West and weigh in at five locations from Miami to Key West. An unlimited number of anglers can join a team in this boat-team event. Visit website for more details at floridakeysdolphinchampionship.com.

▪ Sailors are invited to compete in the fifth annual Hospice Regatta at 11 a.m. Saturday off Fort Lauderdale Beach. A post-race awards clam bake will be held at Fort Lauderdale’s Esplanade Park. For more information, call Franzannie Guiteau at 561-273-2242 or email fguiteau@trustbridge.com.

▪ The Dolphin Masters Invitational, headquartered at Conch Republic Seafood Company, will offer more than $15,000 to the angler scoring the highest total combined weight of three dolphin catches from May 22-23. Many additional prizes await other top anglers, and there is no limit on the number of participating boats. Call 305-587-1460.

▪ Women anglers are invited to compete in the Ladies’ Fish-Off from May 28-31 in Pompano Beach. Cash will be awarded for the heaviest blackfin tuna, cobia, dolphin, kingfish and wahoo. For more information, visit www.ladiesfishoff.com.

▪ Make plans to compete in the FIU Scholarship Fishing Tournament on May 30 out of Cocoplum Yacht Club in Coral Gables. For more information, call Elena at 305-348-0159 or email martinem@fiu.edu.

▪ The Key West Ladies’ Dolphin Championship, set for May 30, is offering $10,000 in cash and prizes. Proceeds are to benefit the Jose Wejebe Spanish Fly Memorial Foundation. Go to http://ladiesdolphintournament.com/ for more information.

▪ The Big Pine and Lower Keys Dolphin Tournament, scheduled for June 5-7, is offering up $35,000 in cash and prizes, including a $20,000 cash prize for the largest dolphin caught over 50 pounds.

▪ The VFW Fishing Tournament on June 6 offers cash prizes for dolphin, wahoo, snapper and grouper, along with prizes for heaviest fish by a lady angler and heaviest fish by a juvenile angler. The heaviest Dolphin is worth $2,500. All proceeds benefit disabled and/or needy veterans in Monroe County. Hosted by VFW Post 3911 and Key West Harbor Yacht Club. Go to http://ladiesdolphintournament.com/.

▪ Hosted by the Florida Keys Elks Lodge, the third annual Ladies Dolphin Tournament from June 12-13 in Islamorada welcomes female angler teams who compete for the highest aggregate weight of three dorado. Cash and prizes are awarded to first- through third-place finishers, as well as for the largest dolphin fish. Go to floridakeyselks1872.com.

▪ With founders that include baseball great and avid fly-fisherman Ted Williams, the Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament from June 15-19 in Islamorada appeals to “tarpon addicts,” and both experienced and novice anglers can compete. The event is limited to 25 anglers. Proceeds are to benefit children’s support groups in the Keys. Go to http://www.goldcuptt.com/.

▪ The Monica Burguera Foundation will host the sixth annual Fishing for Boating Safety Tournament on June 20 at Key Biscayne Yacht Club. Entry fees start at $500 per boat. Social tickets cost $35 for adults; $25 for youth. Email Mari Novo at mm@monicaburguerafoundation.org or visit www.mbfBoatingSafety.org.

▪ The non-profit Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) will conduct four lionfish derbies awarding $3,500 in cash prizes. Events will be held June 27 at Green Turtle Cay in the Bahamas; July 18 in Fort Lauderdale; Aug.15 in Palm Beach County; and Sept.12 in Key Largo. For more information, visit www.reef.org/lionfish/derbies.

▪ Former Olympic skier and fly-fishing great Andy Mill and son Nicky will co-host the 2015 Belize Tarpon Tagging Expedition from Aug.15-22 at the El Pescador Lodge. Anglers are invited to help tag fish and support research by the University of Miami’s Tarpon and Bonefish Research Center. For more information, call Adam Marton at 312-440-1200 or email Adam@fieldworkersclub.com.

▪ More than 40 species of fish are targeted through Nov.30, with divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 14) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old). The Key West Fishing Tournament strongly encourages the release of game fish. All participating anglers will receive certificates noting their catches and qualify for a variety of prizes. For more information on the tournament, go to keywestfishingtournament.com.

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