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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: Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:02:21 -0400

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Benefit fish fry is March 31

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 07:51:00 PDT

The seventh annual Fish Fry at Cardinal Gibbons High School is 6-9 p.m. March 31 in the cafeteria.

The cost is $15 and all proceeds benefit the United Special Sportsman Alliance, which provides hunting and fishing adventures for disabled and critically ill youngsters.

There are also silent auctions,...

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Horton wins Bassmaster Elite tournament on Lake Okeechobee

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:36:00 PST

After starting Championship Sunday more than 8 pounds ahead of his nearest competitor, Tim Horton of Muscle Shoals, Ala., struggled throughout the day Sunday but held on to win the Bassmaster Elite tournament on Lake Okeechobee out of Okeechobee.   Horton caught only 11 pounds, 7 ounces, which...

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Tim Horton holds on to Okeechobee Bassmaster lead

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 07:09:00 PST

After losing a 9-pound bass to start his morning Saturday, Tim Horton of Muscle Shoals, Ala., went on to catch 15 pounds, 11 ounces to hold on to his lead at the Bassmaster Elite tournament at Lake Okeechobee out of Okeechobee.

Horton’s three-day total is 71-14, which is more than 8 pounds ahead...

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Tim Horton leads Bassmaster Elite at Lake Okeechobee

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 04:57:00 PST

Tim Horton of Muscle Shoals, Ala., caught a 30-pound, 4-ounce limit of bass Friday for a two-day total of 56 pounds, 3 ounces and the lead in the Bassmaster Elite tournament on Lake Okeechobee out of Okeechobee.   Horton’s performance vaulted the four-time tournament winner ahead of first-day leader...

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Ott DeFoe takes Bassmaster Elite lead on Lake Okeechobee

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:02:00 PST

Tennessee native Ott DeFoe caught a five-bass limit weighing 31 pounds, 3 ounces Thursday to take the first-day lead in a Bassmaster Elite tournament on Lake Okeechobee out of Okeechobee.   DeFoe’s impressive catch put him more than 4 pounds ahead of Stephen Browning of Hot Springs, Ark., who was...

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Boat shows in Miami and Miami Beach Feb. 16-20

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:35:00 PST

The Miami International Boat Show, featuring boats in the water and boats and marine accessories on land, is Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day at Miami Marine Stadium in Key Biscayne. Strictly Sail Miami is at Miamarina at Bayside.

Parking locations include Marlins Park and...

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King of the Glades bass tournament is Feb. 5

Fri, 3 Feb 2017 06:52:00 PST

A King of the Glades open team bass tournament trail qualifier event is Feb. 5 out of Everglades Holiday Park. Entry fee is $80 per team. Visit kotgseries.com or call Mike Lendl at 954-393-5596.

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Obama administration's parting shot at anglers and hunters

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 12:51:00 PST

Outdoors groups are asking President Donald Trump’s administration to overturn a last-minute move by his predecessor to ban lead fishing tackle and ammunition from hundreds of thousands of acres of land and water managed by the federal government.

On the day before Barack Obama left office, the...

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Channing Crowder's Bass Tournament is Jan. 21

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:58:00 PST

Former Miami Dolphins linebacker and current radio personality Channing Crowder has the fourth annual Channing Crowder’s Bass Fishing Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 21 at Everglades Holiday Park.

The tournament, which benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, pays $10,000 to the winning...

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Small boat bass tournament is Jan. 15

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:43:00 PST

 

Bob Newland has a small boat bass tournament from first light to 1 p.m. Jan. 15 at Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek.

The field is limited to 20 teams and at least one team member must be 18 years old.

The entry fee is $40 per team, with half the proceeds going to Horses and the Handicapped and...

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Hunter safety classes Jan. 14 and 15

Mon, 9 Jan 2017 19:09:00 PST

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has two free hunter safety Internet-completion courses Jan. 14 in Broward County and Jan. 15 in Palm Beach County.

Students who complete the online portion attend the courses, which include shooting instruction and a written test. To find out...

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One Largemouth Bass Open Tournament is Jan. 1

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 21:35:00 PST

The Everglades Bassmasters of South Florida One Largemouth Bass Open Tournament, Hangover Edition, is Jan. 1 on Lake Okeechobee out of Roland Martin’s Marina in Clewiston.

Registration starts at 6 a.m. at the bait shop. Fishing is 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Entry fee is $20 per person and boats can have...

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Conservation groups praise Trump's selection of Zinke for Interior Secretary

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 14:30:00 PST

Many conservation groups are pleased by President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Montana Republican Congressman Ryan Zinke to be Secretary of the Interior.

“In Rep. Zinke, President-Elect Trump has tapped a true leader and a sportsman to run the agency that oversees much of America’s natural...

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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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