Club can speed Fly-fishing learning curve
If you're looking for an entertaining sport that will keep you frustrated for life don't play golf, pick up a fly rod. Saltwater fly-fishing can take decades to master, but you can fast-track your education by joining a fly-fishing club. The Tampa Bay Fly Fishing Club will hold its annual banquet March 30 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Hunter's Green Country Club in Tampa. To learn more, call Walt Durkin (813) 476-7128.
Get a bearing
Test your skill with a map and compass at the Suncoast Orienteering Championships on March 22 at Fort De Soto County Park. Organizers will set up five standard courses: yellow (novice), orange (intermediate), green (short advanced) red and blue (longer advanced). Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female individuals on each course. Entry fees: $6 for Florida Orienteering members; $10 for others to help cover park special events fees. For information, contact Gord Hunter at [email protected]
Where grunts become king
White grunts are one of the most underappreciated fish in the Gulf of Mexico. People love to catch grouper and snapper, but these bottom dwellers rival both species as table fare and can be caught by just about any angler, regardless of skill level. On March 22, anglers of all ages can target these benthic predators, relatives of the pigfish and tomtate, in the annual Great American Grunt Hunt. The captains party is March 20 at 7 p.m. at the Madeira Beach Municipal Marina. Call (727) 216-6601 or go to [email protected]
Send news to Terry Tomalin at [email protected] or call (727) 893-8808.