Some grouper can be caught starting Monday
After a two-month closure, the season for shallow-water grouper — which includes black, red, yellowfin, scamp and yellowmouth but not gag — reopens in the Gulf of Mexico on Monday.
Gag grouper remains closed until July 1 in most areas off our coast except for state waters off Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties. That includes all waters of the Steinhatchee River, Apalachicola Bay and Indian Pass. This area closes June 30.
The local gag season lasts until the recreational quota has been met. Federal fishery managers expect that to be between Nov. 11 and Dec. 3. State waters off Monroe County are included with the Atlantic seasons and are currently closed to harvest through April 30.
National Hospice Regatta to be held in St. Petersburg
The National Hospice Regatta Championship, hosted by the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, returns to Tampa Bay on April 12-14.
Seventeen teams from the United States and Canada will compete off the Pier in St. Petersburg in Sonars and Ideal 18s.
Fans also can check out the miniregatta April 12 when members of the Yacht Club's Salty Sisters take on the Junior Sailing Class. Each team features its top five sailors, who will square off in the Vinoy Basin.
The National Hospice Championship was founded in 1982 in Annapolis, Md., and sailed on the Chesapeake Bay for several years. In 2009, the competition moved to the Great Lakes off Rochester, N.Y., then moved to Tampa Bay in 2012.
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