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.
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 [email protected] 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.
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.
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