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Outdoors news: Red snapper season opens in federal waters in June

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Federal REd Snapper season to Start in June

If you're planning fishing trips for 2014, keep June and July open. Next year's red snapper season in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico will open June 1 and close July 11. But anglers should take note: The seasons for state and federal waters, which begin 9 miles offshore in the gulf, don't always coincide. So watch for future developments. Red snapper are one of the most prized and highly regulated fish in the gulf. Most of the fish caught by recreational anglers are 3-5 years old. But as snapper get older and bigger, they produce more and higher quality eggs. That's why fishery managers pay such close attention to the stocks. The snapper fishery is currently about one-third of the way through a 30-year rebuilding plan devised by federal officials.

Top sailors headed for Key West races

Some of the best sailors in the world will be in Key West for what many consider the most competitive sailing event outside of the Olympics and the America's Cup. The Quantum Key West race week, scheduled for Jan. 19-24, is expected to draw teams from a dozen countries. Competitors will race on courses set over an 8-mile stretch of the Atlantic just offshore and inside the continental United States' only living coral barrier reef. To learn more, go to fla-keys.com.

Solunar chart

AM PM

Minor Major Minor Major

1/10 12:50 6:55 1:05 7:20

1/11 1:35 7:40 1:50 8:05

1/12 2:20 8:25 2:35 8:50

1/13 3:05 9:10 3:20 9:35

1/14 3:50 9:55 4:05 10:20

1/15 4:35 10:40 4:50 11:00

1/16 5:15 11:20 5:30 11:40

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 opens in federal waters in June 01/09/14 [Last modified: Thursday, January 9, 2014 6:35pm]
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