Outdoors

South Florida outdoors notebook

▪ Captain Bouncer Smith will conduct a seminar on cobia, kingfish, and mackerel from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Dusky Sport Center, 110 N. Bryan Rd., Dania Beach. Admission is $15, redeemable for store merchandise. Call 954-922-8890.

▪ Catch and release sailfish and weigh funfish for cash in the Sailfish 400, Leg 2 of the “Quest for the Crest” sailfish tournament series Friday and Saturday in Miami. Headquarters is the DoubleTree Grand Bay Hilton on Biscayne Bay. Entry fee is $4,500 plus tax per team. For more information, visit www.sailfish400.com or call 954-725-4010.

▪ Make plans to compete in the Cheeca Lodge Presidential Sailfish Tournament held Thursday through Sunday in Islamorada. It’s the second leg of the Florida Keys Gold Cup series, which pays $25,000 to the winners. Call Julie Olsen at 305-517-4449 or email jolsen@cheeca.com.

▪ Join Everglades National Park rangers for a “Big Day” Birding Adventure at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Anhinga Trail inside the Homestead entrance. Participants will both drive and walk to see birds for about six hours, ending at Flamingo. Bring lunch, water, bug spray and comfortable shoes. For more information, call Christi Carmichael at 239-695-3092.

▪ Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday with free entrance to South Florida’s national parks. The National Park Service will waive entrance fees at all parks for the holiday. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/bisc or www.nps.gov/ever.

▪ The Florida Powerboat Club will present a Winter Poker Run & Regatta on Jan.23-25 in Marathon. The event features an on-water poker run, plus automotive and flying displays and activities. Headquarters is the Hyatt Place Hotel at Faro Blanco Resort and Yacht Club. For more information, visit www.flpowerboat.com.

▪ The Monica Burguera Foundation sponsors free boating safety classes at various locations around Miami-Dade County on Saturdays beginning Jan.24 and running though Dec.5. Students who complete the one-day course will receive U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary certification. For more information, visit www.mbfboatingsafety.org or call Henry Cespedes at 305-428-2453, Ext. 2.

▪ Buy fishing tackle and other marine tools and equipment at reduced prices from 8a.m. to 2p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Big Pine Key Nautical Flea Market at the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, milemarker 31, U.S. 1. For more information, call 1-800-872-3722.

▪ The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will conduct a free hunter safety course from 9a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 25 at Gun World of South Florida, 1700 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach. Students must complete the Internet portion of the course before attending. For more information, visit MyFWC.com/HunterSafety or call 561-625-5122.

▪ Become a better saltwater angler by attending the 2015 Salt Water Sportsman Fishing Seminar cohosted by George Poveromo and Tom Twyford on Jan. 31 at the Coral Shores High School Performing Arts Theater, 89901 Overseas Highway, Tavernier. Admission is $55. Buy tickets online at www.nationalseminarseries.com or call 1-800-448-7360.

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