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Outdoors news and notes: Tarpon, bonefish to become catch-and-release only on Sept. 1

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Bonefish and Tarpon become release-only

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's new regulations making tarpon and bonefish catch-and-release-only go into effect Sunday, as state officials add another layer of protection for the prized sport fish. All harvest of tarpon will be eliminated, with the exception of the possession of a single tarpon when in pursuit of an International Game Fish Association record. Even then, anglers must still purchase a tarpon tag, which will be limited to one per person, per year. An angler can still shoot a photo of the fish as long as it remains in the water. In regard to bonefish, the tournament exemption permit that allowed tournament anglers with the proper permit to temporarily possess bonefish for transport to a tournament scale has been eliminated.

Free fishing day

Sunday is a free fishing day in saltwater, meaning Florida residents and visitors don't need a license to fish saltwater. There were three previous license-free fishing days, including freshwater days, and the FWC is considering adding four more days in 2013 when it meets Sept. 5. Two would be saltwater days and two would be freshwater days.

Solunar chart

AM PM

Minor Major Minor Major

8/30 1:35 7:40 1:50 8:05

8/31 2:20 8:25 2:35 8:45

9/1 3:00 9:05 3:15 9:30

9/2 3:45 9:50 4:00 10:15

9/3 4:30 10:30 4:40 10:55

9/4 5:10 11:10 5:20 11:35

9/5 5:50 11:55 6:05 0

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: Tarpon, bonefish to become catch-and-release only on Sept. 1 08/29/13 [Last modified: Thursday, August 29, 2013 7:58pm]
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