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▪ Captain Bouncer Smith will conduct a seminar on wahoo fishing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Dusky Sport Center, 110 N. Bryan Rd., Dania Beach. Admission is $15, redeemable for store merchandise. Visit www.dusky.com.

▪ Celebrate National Public Lands Day on Saturday with free admission to Everglades and Dry Tortugas national parks. Entrance fees will be waived at the Homestead entrance to Everglades and when buying a ferry ticket to Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas. At Everglades’ Gulf Coast District in Everglades City, rangers will lead a free canoe trip through the Ten Thousand Islands. For information, call 305-242-7700. To reserve a spot on the canoe trip, call 239-695-3311.

▪ Make plans to attend the Florida Keys Birding & Wildlife Festival through Sunday. 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 recommended. Go to keysbirdingfest.org.

▪ Compete with some of the best offshore captains and anglers in the region in the Miami Swordfish Tournament, to be held Thursday through Sunday in Coconut Grove. Entry fee is $500 before Thursday; $750 at the captains’ meeting Thursday 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 also will 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.

▪ Help raise funds for breast cancer patients by competing in the Stuart Sailfish Club’s “Saltwater Sisters” Tournament, to be held Oct.24-25 out of Pirates Cove Resort and Marina in Stuart. Eligible species are sailfish (release only); dolphin, kingfish and wahoo. Only women may compete as anglers, but men may serve as captains and crews. For more information, call 772-286-9373.

▪ 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 on 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.

▪ Women who want to sharpen their saltwater fishing skills are invited to attend the “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” seminar Nov.14-16 in Islamorada. Classes and social events will be at the Tavernier BPOE Elks Club, mile-marker 99, U.S. 1. There are also optional inshore and offshore fishing excursions. For more information, email info@ladiesletsgofishing.com or call 954-475-9068.

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