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Outdoors news and notes: Snook season opens in Atlantic waters; license-free fishing for one day; upcoming events

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Snook season opens saturday in the atlantic

Snook season opens Saturday in Atlantic waters, but Gulf of Mexico anglers must wait until Sept. 1, 2013 to catch and keep them. Gulf snook anglers can help biologists get a handle on population dynamics by participating in the Snook Gamefish Foundation's angler survey at snookfoundation.org. Anglers fishing the east coast can keep one snook per day between 28 and 32 inches. The Atlantic season closes Dec. 15.

Fish the salt for free on Saturday

State officials have designated Saturday as a license-free fishing day for saltwater recreational anglers. More details are at MyFWC.com.

Upcoming events

• Hillsborough Community College will host its Hawks, Line & Sinker Inshore tournament on Sept. 14 at the Westshore Yacht Club in Tampa to benefit the college's scholarship fund. The catch-and-release event will target snook, trout and redfish. Go to hccfl.edu and click on the event icon to register.

• The USF fishing tournament is Sept. 14 at the Hula Bay Club. The angler who catches and releases the greatest combined total inches of redfish, trout, cobia, snook, mackerel, grouper or shark wins. Contact Erin DeVaughn at [email protected] for more information.

• The Pinellas chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association will hold its annual banquet and auction at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at NOVA535 (535 Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg). Tickets are $80 each. Contact Mike Modisett at (407) 257-7333 or go to ccaflorida.org.

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