State Biologists seek angler aid on Red snapper
Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute biologists are seeking public assistance with a research project focusing on red snapper caught in offshore gulf waters. They will be distributing survey cards at boat ramps, fishing piers and marinas for anglers targeting red snapper. Fishermen are asked to fill out the cards if they catch a red snapper, noting where they are caught and released, the type of equipment used and the condition of the fish when released. The information will help improve the management of the red snapper. For information, go to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's website at MyFWC.com.
Free saltwater fishing weekend
Just in time for Father's Day, Saturday and Sunday are license-free saltwater fishing days in Florida. If you've never tried fishing in saltwater, or were hesitant to do it because you didn't have a license, this is the weekend to dive in. All other fishing regulations apply.
Boat shopping without any docks
You've been thinking that the way to escape the brutal heat around here is to splash into boat ownership. The Tampa Bay Boat Show runs today through Sunday at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. You can see millions of dollars of inventory from popular manufacturers in the main expo hall that is, yes, air-conditioned. You can also catch a diving or fishing seminar at the accompanying Gulf & Bay Florida Fishing School. Admission is free, parking is $5. Hours: Today and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fishing seminars are in the afternoons. For information, call (727) 893-8523 or visit tampabayboatshows.com.
Things to do
• Billy's Stone Crab Speckled Trout tournament. Captains meeting, 6-9 tonight at the restaurant in Tierra Verde. Fishing, Saturday morning, with weigh-in at 3 p.m. Cost: $25. Information: Steve Fennell, (727) 458-6731
• The Cats n Brats Father's Day Weekend Catfish Tournament to benefit American Diabetes Association. Captains meeting 6 tonight at Quaker Steak and Lube in Pinellas Park. Fishing, 6 a.m. Saturday with weigh-in at 3 p.m. Cost: $30 per boat and $10 per person. Information: Pertilefamilyfoundation.org.
Rodney Page, Times staff writer
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