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Shallow water event beckons kayak Anglers

Kayak fishermen, get ready for a treat. The Salt Springs Alliance, the nonprofit organization that serves as the official "friends" of Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park in Pasco County, is hosting a "skinny water" fishing tournament from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday. Salt Springs has great backcountry fishing, only accessible to light, maneuverable watercraft. The rules are simple: no motorboats and all fish caught must be released after being photographed. Entry fee is $25. Go to to register.

Lucky Strike takes King of the Beach

Billy Miller's Team Lucky Strike landed a 44.5-pound king mackerel to win first place and more than $25,000 in cash and prizes at the Fall King of the Beach Tournament on Nov. 9. Jason Stock was second (39.9), followed by Alex Fernandez (38.68). Taylor Danowski of Team Noble won the single-engine division (35.82), Kerry Borrego the Ladies' Division (28.8), Tanner Zellmer the youth division (26.56), and Kevin Pate the largest Spanish mackerel (7.42).

Check it out

Hikers, prepare to go the distance

Backpacking guru Richard Smith will get you geared up to go on a long-distance hiking trip with his free seminar at the Bill Jackson Shop for Adventure in Pinellas Park at 6:30 tonight. Smith, one of the few who has hiked the Appalachian, Pacific Crest and Continental Divide trails, will also hold a gear clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free but please RSVP at (727) 576-4169.

Send news to Terry Tomalin at or call (727) 893-8808.

Solunar chart


Minor Major Minor Major

11/15 3:05 9:10 3:20 9:35

11/16 3:50 9:55 4:05 10:20

11/17 4:35 10:40 4:50 11:05

11/18 5:20 11:35 5:45 0

11/19 6:15 12:00 6:35 12:25

11/20 7:05 12:55 7:35 1:20

11/21 7:55 1:45 8:25 2:10

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 11/14/13 [Last modified: Thursday, November 14, 2013 6:47pm]
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