What's hot: The St. Pete Open, billed as the world's biggest spearfishing tournament, is this weekend at the Holiday Inn Sunspree in St. Petersburg. The best time to see the big fish and lobster for weigh-in is from 6 to 10 tonight. Divers from as far away as California to the west and Italy to the east will be shooting. See stpeteopen.com for details.
Where to go: The grouper have steadily moved deeper. Some gags can still be found in 80-100 feet. Reds are in depths from 100 to 150 feet. And American red snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico is closed.
Dive smart, dive safe: Summer brings a lot of people to the sea to dive. Make sure your equipment is working properly, that you are properly trained to use any equipment (whether diving a hookah rig, freediving or using scuba) and that you are in good enough condition to handle the rigors of water activities. If you are not positive you are ready for the diving planned, stop and get the proper training.
Bill Hardman teaches scuba, spearfishing and free diving through Aquatic Obsessions Scuba in St. Petersburg and can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 344-3483.