Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Outdoors news and notes: Extra time for scallopers, mini lobster season, tarpon event

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Two Extra days for florida's Scallopers

Gov. Rick Scott moved the opening day of recreational scallop season up to Saturday from its traditional July 1 date in order to help the economies of waterfront communities. The open harvest area in gulf state waters (shore to 9 miles out) is from the Pasco-Hernando county line to the west bank of the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County. The season will stay open through Sept. 24. The bag limit is 2 gallons of whole scallops or 1 pint of meat per person, per day.

Two days of bliss for lobster hunters

This year's two-day or "mini" season for lobsters is scheduled for July 24-25. The bag limit during these two days is six per person, per day in Monroe County and Biscayne National Park and 12 per person, per day for all other areas in Florida. The possession limit off the water is the same as the daily bag limit on July 24 and double the daily bag limit on July 25. A recreational fishing license and a lobster permit are required. For more lobster regulations, visit myfwc.com.

Tarpon anglers can still enter big fish

The 79th Suncoast Tarpon Roundup, which started May 18 and runs through July 26, is still taking entries. Go to suncoasttarponround up.org to learn more. The junior division fish-off is July 27 and the regular division fish-off is Aug. 3. Standings are available online or at (727) 346-4353 after 8 p.m.

Terry Tomalin, Times Outdoors/Fitness Editor

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Minor Major Minor Major

6/28 10:50 4:40 11:20 5:05

6/29 11:45 5:35 0 5:55

6/30 12:10 6:25 12:35 6:50

7/1 1:05 7:05 1:15 7:30

7/2 1:45 7:50 2:00 8:15

7/3 2:30 8:35 2:45 8:55

7/4 3:10 9:15 3:25 9:40

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Updated: 9 hours ago

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