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Outdoors news and notes: Network seeks America's top fishing town; horseshoe crabs mating season; fundraising for shooting sports

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Network seeks America's top fishing town

Florida has plenty of great places to fish. That's why the Sunshine State calls itself the "Fishing Capital of the World." Destin, Pensacola, Palm Beach, Key West and St. Petersburg … any one could be called the "Ultimate Fishing Town."

The World Fishing Network will donate $25,000 and feature the lucky community on television if and when it receives the most votes to become America's No. 1 fishing city.

All you have to do is nominate your town and then promote it through social media channels to generate more comments, photos, videos, etc. You can preregister until April 1. Nominations will be accepted until April 30. Voting begins May 1 and closes May 31. To learn more, go to worldfishing network.com. You can also follow the action at visit florida.com.

Marine LIfe

Seeking horseshoe crab 'hangouts'

Do your part for science on your next trip to the beach. Every spring, horseshoe crabs gather on beaches throughout the state to mate. Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission need the public's help to pinpoint places where horseshoe crabs spawn.

Beachgoers are likely to have the most luck seeing mating horseshoe crabs at high tide, just before, during or after a full or new moon. The conditions around the full moon on April 6 will create an ideal opportunity to view the spawning behavior. Males cling to the shells of the larger females as the females head up onto the beach to lay eggs.

If you see mating horseshoe crabs, go to MyFWC.com/contact and click on the "Submit a Horseshoe Crab Survey" link, then "Florida Horseshoe Crab Spawning Beach Survey."

You can also email findings to horseshoe@MyFWC.com or call the FWC toll-free at 1-866-252-9326. Observers should note the number of horseshoe crabs seen and whether those horseshoe crabs were mating.

Fundraising

Ballplayers back shooting event

The U.S. Clay Target Association and Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will host a Shoot with the Legends fundraiser March 31 at the Skyway Trap and Skeet Club in St. Petersburg to raise money for future shooting sports Olympians. Special guests include Wade Boggs, Anthony Telford, Andy McGaffigan, Toby Hall, Travis Phelps, Scott Williamson, Brian Tolbert, Mark Whiten and Michael Pittman. To learn more, call (731) 616-0536.

Solunar Chart

AM PM

minor major minor major

3/23 6:30 12:15 6:50 12:40

3/24 7:20 1:05 7:45 1:30

3/25 8:05 1:55 8:30 2:15

3/26 8:55 2:45 9:20 3:05

3/27 9:45 3:35 10:15 4:00

3/28 10:35 4:25 11:05 4:50

3/29 11:30 5:20 0 5:45

Send your news and notes to Outdoors Editor Terry Tomalin at ttomalin@tampabay.com or call (727) 893-8808.

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: Network seeks America's top fishing town; horseshoe crabs mating season; fundraising for shooting sports

03/22/12 [Last modified: Thursday, March 22, 2012 6:27pm]
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