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Outdoors notebook

▪ Make plans to catch fish in the Mako Owners/Bass Pro Shops Fishing Funament, held Thursday through Sunday in Islamorada. TV personality George Poveromo will host. Entry fee is $100 per boat. A kickoff party will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Worldwide Sportsman. For more information, visit www.funaments.com.

▪ The Tracy K Events first annual Charity Dolphin Tournament has been rescheduled for Saturday 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.FloridaDolphinTournament.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 on Saturday 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 held Tuesday through Sept.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. Preregistration is strongly recommended. Go to keysbirdingfest.org.

▪ Compete with some of the best offshore captains and anglers in the region in the Miami Swordfish Tournament, Sept.25-28 in Coconut Grove. Entry fee is $500 before Sept.25; $750 at the captains’ meeting Sept.25 at Monty’s in the Grove. For more information, call captain Bric Peeples at 305-282-1006 or email miamiswordfish@aol.com.

▪ The Hollywood Hills Saltwater Fishing, Science and Social Club will meet at 7p.m. Oct.1 at Shenanigan’s East Side Pub, 1300 S. Federal Highway, Dania Beach. Scientists from Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center will discuss the “Seascape of the Northern Florida Reef Tract.” For more information, email professorarthurmariano@gmail.com.

▪ 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. The group will also hold a banquet to honor local citizens involved with promoting boating safety Oct.18 at Key Biscayne Yacht Club. Admission is $150. Call 305-398-4609.

▪ The Florida Department of Environmental Protection will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve with “Paddle Out Biscayne Bay” beginning at 7a.m. Oct.25 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 1p.m. to 4p.m. Fee is $35 for a boat ride; $40 for kayaks. Go to www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/sites/Biscayne/40thanniversary.

▪ 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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