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 myfwc.com.
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 southerntrophyhunters.com 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.
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