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Outdoors news and notes: Backpacking seminar, fishing tournaments, stand-up paddleboard championships

Making news

Trekking couple to conduct Hiking seminar

Backpacker magazine's Get Out More Tour, which endeavors to inspire more people to hike and enjoy the outdoors, arrives at the Bill Jackson Shop for Adventure in Pinellas Park at 6:30 p.m. May 27. Randy and Sheri Propster will conduct a free seminar on trip planning, choosing gear and clothing, and outdoors safety. For information, go to or call (727) 576-4169.


Popular inshore event nears

The annual Johnny Ferlita Memorial Fishing Tournament, which benefits the Pediatric Cancer Foundation, is slated for June 4. The captains meeting is 6:30 p.m. June 3 at the Bay Club at Westshore Yacht Club (6001 Westshore Blvd.) in Tampa. This release event targets redfish, snook and trout. The fishing-only cost is $125 per angler. A guided boat option is available for $1,250 and includes up to three angler entries and tickets to social functions. For information, contact Ali Miller at (813) 269-0955 or; or

Things to do

Today-Sunday: The Gulf Coast Stand-up Paddleboard Championship will be held at the Barefoot Beach Resort (13238 Gulf Blvd.) on Madeira Beach. Registration ends at 5 p.m. today, races begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Cost: Ranges from free kids race to $130 for race-day elite event. Information: (727) 260-2362.

June 4: The Pier Aquarium will host a reading of the children's book One Pelican at a Time: A Story of the Gulf Oil Spill written by part-time Clearwater Beach resident Nancy Stewart at 11:30 a.m. The event is part of the June 7 celebration of World Oceans Day. Information: (727) 803-9799.

Solunar table

AM PM major minor major minor

5/20 7:50 1:40 8:25 2:05

5/21 8:55 2:45 9:20 3:05

5/22 9:45 3:35 10:10 3:55

5/23 10:35 4:25 11:00 4:45

5/24 11:25 5:15 11:50 5:35

5/25 0 5:50 12:00 6:10

5/26 12:25 6:30 12:40 6:50

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

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

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

Outdoors news and notes: Backpacking seminar, fishing tournaments, stand-up paddleboard championships

05/19/11 [Last modified: Thursday, May 19, 2011 6:30pm]
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