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Outdoors news: Red snapper season nears close

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Final days to nab Red Snapper in state waters

Red snapper season closes in state waters Monday. That means Sunday is the final day to catch these prized sport fish, unless federal officials open the waters back up because a recent stock assessment revealed the fish are doing better than previously thought. This year's state season was 44 days long. The season in federal waters, which begin 9 miles offshore in the gulf, was 28 days and ran June 1 through June 28. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is considering a supplemental recreational season for later this year in federal waters. If approved, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will consider a supplemental season for gulf state waters. For information, go to

Reality stars part of Big Buck Expo

Outdoors celebrities will be at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa today through Sunday as the Big Buck Expo showcases the latest in hunting gear. Meet "Mountain Man" from Duck Dynasty, today from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Troy Landry from Swamp People will greet fans from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and co-stars R.J. and Jay Paul Molinere will be there 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. For information, go to or call (334) 699-2825.

Lakewood High sailor stays busy

Addison Hackstaff, a 17-year-old rising senior at Lakewood High, is headed to Limassol, Cypress, to sail the Laser in the ISAF Youth World Championship, which begins Saturday. Hackstaff, a member of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club Junior sailing team, also recently qualified to defend his US Sailing Smythe Singlehanded championship in August.

Solunar chart


Minor Major Minor Major

7/12 9:15 3:05 9:45 3:30

7/13 10:05 3:55 10:30 4:15

7/14 10:50 4:40 11:20 5:05

7/15 11:40 5:30 0 5:55

7/16 12:10 6:25 12:35 6:50

7/17 1:05 7:10 1:20 7:40

7/18 1:55 8:00 2:10 8:30

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: Red snapper season nears close 07/11/13 [Last modified: Thursday, July 11, 2013 9:24pm]
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