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Outdoors news: Brandon swimmer wins bay marathon; grouper opens in Keys

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Local wins Rugged swim

Brandon's Chelsea Nauta, 24, won last weekend's Tampa Bay Marathon Swim, covering the 24 miles between the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and the Courtney Campbell Causeway in Tampa in 10 hours, 7 minutes in what organizers said was one of the roughest races on record. Four minutes behind was Olympic gold medalist Brooke Bennett, 32. Six from the field of 18 completed the race. The men's champ was St. Petersburg's Chris Burke, 51, finishing in 12:16 and ahead of Clearwater's Mark Smitherman, 55 (12:33).

Grouper season to open in Keys

For those heading south to fish in the Florida Keys, remember grouper season reopens Wednesday in the Atlantic and waters off Monroe County. The species covered include gag, black, red, yellowmouth, yellowfin and tiger grouper; scamp; red hind; rock hind; coney; and graysby. The season runs to Jan. 1, 2014. Anglers may keep three a day, and within this three-fish limit anglers may possess only one gag or black grouper, not both.


Off for Mexico

The Regatta del Sol al Sol, an annual yacht race from Tampa Bay to Mexico, starts at 10 a.m. today. Spectators can see the start of this 456-mile journey to Isla Mujeres, an island off the coast of Cancun, from the Pier in downtown St. Petersburg. It will take the boats from two to four days to finish.

Solunar chart


Minor Major Minor Major

4/26 6:20 12:05 6:50 12:40

4/27 7:30 1:15 8:00 1:45

4/28 8:35 2:25 9:05 2:50

4/29 9:30 3:20 10:10 3:55

4/30 10:40 4:30 11:15 5:00

5/1 11:40 5:30 0 6:00

5/2 12:15 6:30 12:45 6:55

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: Brandon swimmer wins bay marathon; grouper opens in Keys 04/25/13 [Last modified: Thursday, April 25, 2013 6:49pm]
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