Outdoors

South Florida outdoors notebook: July 1, 2015

▪ The nonprofit Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) will conduct four lionfish derbies awarding $3,500 in cash prizes. Events will be held 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 skiier and fly-fishing great Andy Mill and son Nicky will cohost the 2015 Belize Tarpon Tagging Expedition, held 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 for the Key West Fishing Tournament, with divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 14) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old). The release of game fish is strongly encouraged. All participating anglers receive certificates noting their catches and qualify for a variety of prizes. Information: keywestfishingtournament.com.

▪ The Islamorada Dolphin Tournament will be held July 10-13. Guaranteed $15,000 in cash and prizes. Prices are $175 per angler and $750 per boat. For more information, contact Dianne Harbaugh at 305-522-4868.

▪ The Del Brown Permit Tournament will be held July 11-14 in Key West. For more information, call 305-744-0903 or visit the website at www.delbrown.com.

▪ The Bacardi Oakheart Key West Marlin Tournament will be held July 22-25 in conjunction with the annual Heminway Days Celebration in Key West. There will be $50,000 in guaranteed prizes, and the tournament is limited to the first 75 boats. The entry fee is $1,800 per boat. For more information, visit www.keywest.marlin.com.

▪ The Hooked on Kids Charity Fishing Tournament will be held Aug. 6-7 at the Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort in Key Largo. The proceeds will benefit Sheridan House. For more information, call 954-983-4360 or go to www.sheridanhouse.org/web/events/fishing-tournament/.

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