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Snook season closed in Gulf

Snook season closed Dec. 1 in state and federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, including Monroe County and Everglades National Park, and won't reopen until March 1. Snook season will close in the Atlantic Ocean, Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River on Sunday and won't reopen until Jan. 31. Snook are protected during these cooler months because the subtropical species is vulnerable to cold weather. Anglers still might hook snook while targeting redfish or trout, so it pays to know a little about catch-and-release. Use nonstainless steel hooks and pinch down the barb. Tighten the drag and use a line of adequate strength to land the fish quickly. Don't fight a fish until it is exhausted. Leave the fish in the water if possible during unhooking. Do not use a net and handle the fish as little as possible to preserve its protective membrane. If you must handle the fish, use a wet towel. Gently place the fish in the water. If it responds slowly, hold its mouth open and move it back and forth to move water through its gills until it is strong enough to swim off on its own.

Harvey in Oldsmar to help aquarium

Renowned marine wildlife artist, conservationist and scientist Guy Harvey will be at the Bealls department store in Oldsmar (3140 Tampa Road) from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. Harvey and his Ocean Foundation will also donate $1 from every Guy Harvey item purchased from Dec. 2 to Sunday to the Florida Aquarium in Tampa. The Guy Harvey Research Institute at Nova Southeastern University of Fort Lauderdale funds marine conservation research and educational initiatives. For more, go to guyharvey.com.

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Captainís Corner: Warming weather brings permit to wrecks, ledges

Captainís Corner: Warming weather brings permit to wrecks, ledges

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Captainís Corner: Trout moving toward the beaches

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Published: 04/18/18
Updated: 04/19/18

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Published: 04/17/18
Updated: 04/18/18

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Published: 04/16/18
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Published: 04/16/18

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