Lionfish tournament at Harvey Outpost
The Guy Harvey Outpost on St. Pete Beach is hosting a lionfish spearfishing tournament on Sept. 6. Lionfish are an invasive species that compete with native fish such as gag and red grouper on local reefs. The only way to get rid of lionfish is to shoot them. Divers who participate in the Lionfish Safari must surrender their catch on Sept. 7 when the Outpost hosts a Family Fun Day. All lionfish captured during the tournament will be filleted, cooked and served to participants. Lionfish have venomous spines, but when handled properly, are fine dinner fare. The entry fee is $20. The deadline to sign up is Saturday. Go to guyslionfishsafari.com.
Snook season opens Monday
Snook season opens Monday in the Gulf of Mexico. Snook season is closed during the summer months to protect these sportfish during the spawn. The season is also closed Dec. 1 through the end of February. Management measures such as the one-fish-per-person, per-day bag limit have helped rebuild the population after a series of freezes. In the gulf, they must be not less than 28 inches and not more than 33 inches total length. A snook permit as well as a recreational saltwater license is required unless the angler is exempt from having a license. State researchers also ask anglers who harvest the fish to save their filleted carcasses that will provide biological data, including the size, age, maturity and sex of the catch. To learn more, go to myfwc.com.
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