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Steve Waters writes the Sun Sentinel Outdoors Blog with great tips and trends on fishing, boating, and more in the great outdoors of South Florida.



Last Build Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 10:17:32 -0500

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Free saltwater fishing on Nov. 26

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 06:22:00 PST

Saturday, Nov. 26, is a license-free saltwater fishing day in Florida, which means residents and visitors can fish without a state-required saltwater fishing license.

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FWC to consider new hogfish size and bag limits and a six-month season

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 08:32:00 PST

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission meets Nov. 16-17 in St. Petersburg. On Nov. 17, the FWC will consider making state hogfish rules consistent with pending federal rules.

Changes include increasing the minimum size limit on hogfish from 12 inches fork length statewide to 16 inches...

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Take a Water Taxi to enjoy the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show

Sat, 5 Nov 2016 06:52:00 PDT

One of the best ways to enjoy the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is by taking the Water Taxi to and from the different show sites.

For $10, you can ride all day on Water Taxi’s fleet of yellow-hulled ships and not have to deal with automobile traffic. That’s what I did Friday and it was...

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Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is Nov. 3-7

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:07:00 PDT

The 57th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is Nov. 3-7 at seven locations.

Featuring a variety of boats from inflatables and kayaks to center consoles and superyachts, as well as marine electronics, engines and accessories, the show covers more than 3 million square feet of exhibit...

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How to catch swordfish talk is Oct. 26 in West Palm Beach

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 07:52:00 PDT

Capt. Skip Smith and RJ Boyle present “Swordfishing Secrets Revealed: Productive Baits, Rigs and Techniques Used by the Pros” at the Oct. 26 meeting of the West Palm Beach Fishing Club.

The meeting, which is free and open to the public, starts at 7 p.m. at the clubhouse at 201 Fifth Street.

Visit...

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Free bird walk Sunday Oct. 2 in Coral Springs

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:42:00 PDT

A free bird walk starts at 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 2 at Tall Cypress Natural Area in Coral Springs.

The first segment of the walk is at the boardwalk and parking lot area, which is just over half a mile. The second segment is 1.5 miles.

Preregistration is required. Call Quiet Waters Park at 954-357-5100.

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Boating safety class Saturday Sept. 24 in Boynton Beach

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:03:00 PDT

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 54 has a one-day safe boating course from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at Harvey Oyer Park in Boynton Beach.

Topics include boat handling, safety equipment, docking, line handling and knot tying as well as running in foul weather, rules of the road, basic navigation...

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Two weeks left in Lionfish Challenge

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 08:18:00 PDT

 

The Lionfish Challenge will come to a close Sept. 30, but that is still plenty of time to bag and turn in the 50 lionfish it takes to qualify in the program. Every lionfish tail submitted helps control the invasive population.

 

For every 50 you submit, you get an additional chance to win a Neritic...

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New rules for bringing fish from the Bahamas to Florida

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 15:34:00 PDT

New rules took effect this week that make it easier for recreational anglers to bring fish caught in the Bahamas back to Florida.

In state waters, anglers can now possess filleted dolphin, wahoo and reef fish that were caught in Bahamian waters. The regulations apply only to fish being transported...

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FWC approves mutton snapper changes

Fri, 9 Sep 2016 05:04:00 PDT

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved several mutton snapper management changes at its meeting this week in St. Augustine.

 

The new rules will take effect Jan. 1, 2017, and include:

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Free kayak fishing seminar Sept. 7 in West Palm Beach

Tue, 6 Sep 2016 10:11:00 PDT

Brian Nelli of Pushin’ Water Kayak Charters presents “Extreme Kayak Fishing: From Inshore to Offshore Waters” at the Wednesday, Sept. 7 meeting of the West Palm Beach Fishing Club.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the clubhouse at 201 Fifth Street.

Visit westpalmbeachfishingclub.org or call 561-832-6780.

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Sept. 3 is saltwater license-free fishing day

Thu, 1 Sep 2016 15:07:00 PDT

Saturday, Sept. 3 is a license-free saltwater fishing day in Florida, which means residents and visitors can fish without a state-required saltwater fishing license.

The waiver also applies to crabbing, lobstering and scalloping and fishing from shore or a boat. In addition, a snook or lobster...

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Snook season opens Sept. 1

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 17:26:00 PDT

Snook season opens at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1 throughout Florida.

The daily bag limit is one fish per day per person.

In Atlantic waters, fish must measure between 28 and 32 inches to keep.

In Gulf waters, the slot limit is 28-33 inches. Visit myfwc.com.

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Jim Allen Swordfish Tournament is Saturday, Aug. 27

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:50:00 PDT

The inaugural Jim Allen Swordfish Tournament is Saturday with the weigh-in at Lighthouse Point Marina starting around 5 p.m.

Payout is for the three biggest fish and there is also a dolphin category.

Contact RJ Boyle Studio at 954-420-5001.

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Extreme Kayak Fishing tournament is Aug. 27

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:24:00 PDT

Extreme Kayak Fishing’s Summer Slam Part 2 is Saturday, Aug. 27 out of Pompano Beach.

Register online at extremekayakfishingtournament.org.

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Free meeting on fishing for snook

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 20:44:00 PDT

Capt. Danny Barrow will discuss fishing for snook at the Aug. 23 meeting of the Boynton Beach Fishing Club.

The meeting, which is free and open to the public, is at 7:30 p.m. at the Boynton Beach Boat Ramp Park, 2210 N. Federal Hwy.

Contact Carol Moran at 561-707-5660 or cr5mor@aol.com.

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Snakehead Round-Up is Aug. 6

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:22:00 PDT

JD’s Custom Baits has its next Snakehead Round-Up from safe light to 2 p.m. Aug. 6 out of Veterans Memorial Park, 7044 NW First St., Margate.

Entry fee is $40 cash per person or two-angler team and $10 for the big fish pot. Anglers must bring in five snakeheads for their biggest one to count.

Contact...

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Friday, July 22 is early entry deadline for Saltwater Showdown

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 19:56:00 PDT

For the first time in the history of the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit, the 18th annual Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Showdown is an open event that any boat can fish. In previous years, boats had to qualify to fish the circuit’s third and final event.

The Showdown is Aug. 6 with the...

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Fly fishing school is Saturday

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 22:26:00 PDT

The Fly Shop of Miami has a fly fishing school Saturday at the Palmer Trinity School in Palmetto Bay. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Instruction is 9 to 4 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The school has casting lessons and covers all the basics, including lines, rods, reels, leaders,...

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Outdoors notebook

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 22:13:00 PDT

Bass regulations: In case you missed it, Florida’s regulations for largemouth bass changed on July 1. The new statewide bag and length limits are five bass per day, only one of which may be 16 inches or longer in total length. There is no statewide minimum length limit for largemouth bass.

Fly...

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Free beach diving clinic is Sunday

Thu, 7 Jul 2016 21:19:00 PDT

In preparation for lobster miniseason, which is July 27-28, Gold Coast Scuba in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea has a free beach diving clinic at 9 a.m. Sunday for divers who have been diving within the past 12 months.

The clinic includes a classroom session and beach dive testing, as well as the basics...

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Hawg City night bass tournament is July 2

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 22:53:00 PDT

The Hawg City Night Tournament is 7 p.m.-2 a.m. July 2 out of the Miami Canal rest stop on Alligator Alley.

Entry fee is $60 per team.

Call Mike Lendl at 954-393-5596.

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Guy Harvey autograph signing

Sun, 29 May 2016 12:38:00 PDT

Marine artist Guy Harvey will be at the Guy Harvey Retail Store at 10408 W. State Road 84 in Davie from 6-8 p.m. Friday June 3 to meet fans and autograph merchandise. Call 954-581-0073.

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Miami Dolphins Foundation fishing tournament is Saturday

Thu, 19 May 2016 16:33:00 PDT

The Fins Weekend Fishing Tournament, to benefit the Miami Dolphins Foundation, is May 21 out of Miami Beach Marina.

Anglers can fish for dolphin, wahoo, kingfish and tuna with Dolphins players and coaches. In addition, tickets are available for the Hook & Tackle Captains' Party 6:30-10:30 p.m....

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Fishing Rodeo weigh-ins and live music Friday and Saturday

Thu, 12 May 2016 21:22:00 PDT

The 51st Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo is Friday and Saturday out of Alsdorf Boat Ramp Park.

The scales open at 2 p.m. Friday and the weigh-in runs until 6 p.m. That is followed by live music from Doors Alive until 10 p.m.

Saturday's weigh-in is noon to 4 p.m. The Andrew Morris Band performs from...

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