Center for Fishing seeks great photos
The Florida Gulf Coast Center for Fishing and Interactive Museum is hosting a contest that will award prizes for "Best Historic Fishing Photo" and "Best Current Fishing Photo."
The Largo-based museum is housed in a 30,000-square-foot educational complex complete with an auditorium, classrooms, historical and marine art galleries, and an interactive fishing simulator area.
Contest submissions can be high-resolution digital or photo-paper copies. Participants should include their name, address, telephone number and a description (who, when, where, etc.). Photos can be sent via email to email@example.com or by mail or hand delivery to FGCCFF Photo Contest, 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo, FL 33778. The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. Sept. 11. All submissions will be retained by FGCCFF. Selected submissions may be viewed during the grand opening events Sept. 14-16.
Awards will include a lifetime membership to the Center for Fishing for the best photo in each category. The top 10 finalists will receive an annual membership. For more information, contact Jim Simons at Jim@centerforfishing.org.
FWC magazine free and online
Florida Wildlife, an official publication of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and one of the oldest and most prestigious outdoors magazines, is now free and online. The magazine, which has been published for more than 70 years, covers freshwater and saltwater fishing on both coasts. Check it out at floridawildlifemagazine.com.
Free fishing day
State officials have scheduled a free saltwater fishing day for Sept. 1. Anglers fishing bodies of saltwater won't need a license that day.
Conservation group hosts event
The Tampa chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association, one of the oldest and most active fishing organizations in Florida, will host the 28th annual All-Photo Catch and Release Challenge on Sept. 28-29. Entrants receive tackle, a tournament shirt and an annual CCA membership for the $100 entry fee. This year's event will target trout, redfish and snook. Tournament headquarters will be located at Tampa Bay Watch (3000 Pinellas Bay Way South) in Tierra Verde. Registration forms are available at TA Mahoney Co. Inc. (4990 East Adamo Drive, Tampa) or at ccaflorida.org on the Tampa chapter page.
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