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Outdoors news and notes: Hammerhead sharks are among those protected in state waters; sailing expos for beginners

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Hammerhead sharks Among those protected

Summer is when many gulf anglers like to catch big sharks. These toothy predators can be great sport, but conservation-minded fishermen should remember that several species are categorized as threatened and, as a result, are protected.

As of Jan. 1, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has prohibited the possession, sale and exchange of tiger sharks and great, scalloped and smooth hammerhead sharks taken in state waters. These sharks can still be caught and released.

If you plan to target these sharks during peak season, use tackle heavy enough to land the fish quickly and improve its chance of survival upon release. If possible, keep the fish in the water and use a dehooking device. Use nonstainless steel hooks because if you can't get a clean release, the hook will dissolve quickly in the salt water. Non-offset circle hooks help prevent gut-hooking the shark.

Anglers can keep one shark per person or two sharks per vessel. There are roughly two dozen overfished, vulnerable or rare shark species that are catch-and-release only in Florida waters. To learn more, go to MyFWC.com.

Things to Do

Raise a sail

If you want to learn about wind-powered watercraft, the Tampa Sailing Squadron in Apollo Beach (1250 Apollo Beach Blvd.), is hosting sailing expos on Saturday and Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Both events will feature seminars on cruising, racing and sailing for kids and adults. Boat ownership is not required, as skippers are looking for crew members. The Tampa Sailing Squadron has club-owned boats available for members. To learn more, go to sail-tss.org, or call Julie Stocksdale at (727) 418-5119.

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

Outdoors news and notes: Hammerhead sharks are among those protected in state waters; sailing expos for beginners 07/26/12 [Last modified: Thursday, July 26, 2012 7:29pm]
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