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News and notes: Fly-fishing, grunts and compass

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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 gordhun@rogers.com.

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 info@oldsaltfishing.org.

Send news to Terry Tomalin at ttomalin@tampabay.com or call (727) 893-8808.

Tide adjustments

The charts show the rise and fall of tides measured in feet and plots the tides on a one-week timeline. Times and depth may vary depending on weather conditions. You can compute the tides from these adjustments:

North (Anclote River) High Low

Anclote Key (south end) -01:37 -00:47

Bayport +01:13 +01:39

Cedar Key +01:16 +01:03

Crystal River, Florida Power +01:13 +01:33

Hudson, Hudson Creek +00:06 +00:01

Indian Rocks Beach (inside) +00:19 +00:10

North (Anclote River) High Low

Mangrove Point, Crystal Bay +01:34 +01:54

Pithlachascotee River +00:18 +00:52

St. Joseph Sound -00:34 -00:42

Steinhatchee River entrance +01:33 +01:32

Suwannee River entrance +01:22 +01:21

Withlacoochee River entrance +01:23 +01:58

South (The Pier) High Low

Anna Maria, pier -02:10 -02:19

Egmont Key, Egmont channel -02:15 -03:20

Gandy Bridge +00:59 +00:57

Gulfport, Boca Ciega Bay -01:32 -01:05

John's Pass, Boca Ciega Bay -02:14 -02:04

Madeira Beach Causeway -01:32 -01:45

Mullet Key Channel (Skyway) -02:03 -02:01

South (The Pier) High Low

Pass-a-Grille Beach -01:34 -01:30

Pinellas Point -00:22 -00:29

Redfish Point, Manatee River -00:30 -00:14

Safety Harbor +01:32 +01:34

Sarasota Bay -01:38 -00:58

Corey Causeway -01:18 -00:44

Venice Inlet (inside) -02:02 -01:38

News and notes: Fly-fishing, grunts and compass 03/13/14 [Last modified: Thursday, March 13, 2014 8:46pm]
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