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Outdoors: Free fishing tourney, gag season dates, FWC agenda

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free fishing Tournament for dad outing

Give dad a present he will remember this Father's Day. Sign the old man up for the 102.5 The Bone Fishing Slam on June 15. Anglers can sign up for free until Monday but after that the registration goes up to $195 per boat. This family-friendly event features more than a dozen inshore and offshore species, as well as special prizes for biggest pinfish and blue runner. The weigh-in starts at 4 p.m. at the Madeira Beach ball fields (200 Rex Place). The captains' meeting, set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, will feature a live broadcast of the Cowhead Show. Go to oldsaltfishing.org.

Gag season set

The recreational season for gag grouper in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico (starting 9 miles offshore) will open July 1 and close Dec. 3, according the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The dates will apply to most state waters as well, except for four counties in north Florida that are open from April 1 through June 30.

FWC's busy agenda

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will meet Tuesday-Thursday in Lakeland to discuss giving tarpon and bonefish catch-and-release only status. Commissioners will also discuss new gear rules for Boca Grande Pass, and they will consider whether to reopen the snook fishery in the gulf Sept. 1.

Free fishing day

The FWC has scheduled another free fishing day, this one in freshwater, for Saturday.

Solunar chart

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6/7 5:05 11:10 5:20 11:30

6/8 5:45 11:50 6:00 0

6/9 6:30 12:15 6:55 12:45

6/10 7:25 1:10 7:50 1:35

6/11 8:10 2:00 8:40 2:25

6/12 9:00 2:50 9:30 3:15

6/13 9:50 3:40 10:20 4:05

Outdoors: Free fishing tourney, gag season dates, FWC agenda 06/06/13 [Last modified: Thursday, June 6, 2013 5:50pm]
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