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Fishing

State agency seeks anglers to catch tarpon

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's tarpon genetic recapture program needs anglers who fish Florida's northern counties. The information gathered by fishermen helps scientists learn more about the fish's history.

Anglers supply the FWC's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute with DNA "fingerprint" data from tarpon then release them so they can be caught another day. Much work has been done in Southwest Florida, but researchers need DNA samples from fish larger than 30 inches hooked in northeast and northwest Florida.

Participants have until mid January 2015 to submit samples. To date, anglers have submitted about 19,600.

To participate, anglers must request a free, easy-to-use sampling kit. Call toll-free (800) 367-4461 or send an email to tarpongenetics@myfwc.com. For details, go to myfwc.com/research.

TV hunter pleads guilty to charges

A hunting guide who appears on the Animal Planet show Wild West Alaska pleaded guilty to four misdemeanors. Jim West was charged with guiding a client who illegally killed a moose in 2009, killing a black bear while guiding in 2011 and failing to remove bear-baiting stations in 2011 and 2012. He was fined $8,000 and must perform 80 hours of community service.

Compiled by Times staff writer Terry Tomalin. Send news and notes to ttomalin@tampabay.com or call (727) 893-8808.

Solunar chart

AM PM

Minor Major Minor Major

8/223:309:35 3:4510:00

8/234:1510:204:3010:40

8/244:5511:005:1011:20

8/255:30 11:405:500

8/266:1512:006:35 12:25

8/277:00 12:457:211:10

8/287:45 1:358:10 1:55

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 08/21/14 [Last modified: Thursday, August 21, 2014 9:39pm]
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