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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 Erin.DeVaugh@skanska.com 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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Solunar chart

AM PM

Minor Major Minor Major

8/31 5:45 11:50 6:00 0

9/1 6:25 12:10 6:50 12:40

9/2 7:15 1:00 7:45 1:30

9/3 8:10 1:55 8:30 2:15

9/4 8:50 2:40 9:20 3:05

9/5 9:40 3:30 10:10 3:55

9/6 10:30 4:20 11:00 4:45

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 -01:37 -00:47

Bayport +01:13 +01:39

Cedar Key +01:16 +01:03

Crystal River +01:13 +01:33

Hudson Creek +00:06 +00:01

Indian Rocks Beach +00:19 +00:10

Mangrove Point +01:34 +01:54

North (Anclote River) High Low

Pithlachascotee River +00:18 +00:52

St. Joseph Sound -00:34 -00:42

Steinhatchee River +01:33 +01:32

Suwannee River +01:22 +01:21

Withlacoochee River +01:23 +01:58

South (The Pier) High Low

Anna Maria, pier -02:10 -02:19

Egmont Key -02:15 -03:20

Gandy Bridge +00:59 +00:57

Gulfport, Boca Ciega Bay-01:32 -01:05

John's Pass -02:14 -02:04

Madeira Beach-01:32 -01:45

Mullet Key Channel -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 -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: Snook season opens in Atlantic waters; license-free fishing for one day; upcoming events 08/30/12 [Last modified: Thursday, August 30, 2012 8:23pm]
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