Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Outdoors

Outdoors news and notes: Monster kingfish event this weekend, MacDill Air Force Base to open designated waters to registered anglers

Making news

Kingfish event remembers Local captain

Larry Hoffman, a.k.a. Captain Huffy, was a fixture on the west coast of Florida kingfish circuit. A former Green Beret, Col. Hoffman helped raise thousands of dollars for charity through kingfish tournaments at John's Pass before his death in 2009 at age 61. This weekend, anglers will gather again to fish for monster kings when the annual Suncoast Kingfish Classic is held in Hoffman's honor. Organizers are advertising a $10,000 first-place prize based on a 100-boat fleet ($350 entry fee). Fishing starts at 6:45 a.m. Saturday. The weigh-in starts at 4 p.m. at Gators Cafe and Saloon (12781 Kingfish Drive, Treasure Island). Registration begins at 5 p.m. today at Gators. Call (727) 367-2942 or go to gatorsonthepass.com.

MacDill waters open to guests

MacDill Air Force Base will open 2 miles of its south shores to boats for fishing from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 28 and 29 to registered guests. Registration can be completed by going to macdillfss.com and clicking on "MacDill AFB Open Fishing." The form must be submitted no later than Tuesday via fax to (813) 828-7507. For information, call (813) 828-4982.

Marathon swimmers hit bay

The annual Tampa Bay Marathon Swim, a 24-mile open-water race, features 16 individual competitors in Saturday's event, including Chris Burke, 50, St. Petersburg; Arnie Bellini, 53, Tampa; Mark Smitherman, 54, Clearwater; Bart Cobb, 57, Tampa, and Pat Marzulli, 63, Indian Rocks Beach. The longest race sanctioned by U.S. Masters Swimming starts at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and ends on the Courtney Campbell Parkway in Tampa. The event is held each year to celebrate Earth Day and mark the revitalization of Florida's largest estuary. For the first time, fans will be able to follow the swimmers online in real time by visiting distance matters.com.

Boating

Boat shoppers head to Sarasota

Now in its 30th year, the Suncoast Boat Show hits Sarasota this weekend at Marina Jack (2 Marina Plaza). The Gulf Coast's leading boat dealers will have hundreds of boats on display as well as the latest in marine electronics. The show is open today and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults; children under 15 are free. For information, call toll-free 1-800-940-7642 or visit showmanagement.com.

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