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Trailmix: Big amberjack is winning catch


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See the video, learn to paddleboard, get fit

Brody Welte, owner of Stand Up Fitness in St. Petersburg, and Safety Harbor fitness writer Pete Williams have a new book, actually a "vook," called Paddle Fit that will help you master the stand-up paddleboard. The combination of text and video also includes fitness routines that can be done on the water atop a paddleboard. Paddle Fit is available online for digital reader devices at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore.

Grouper update

Dust off those grouper rods. Recreational anglers in the Gulf of Mexico can fish for gag grouper once again from Sept. 16 through Nov. 15. The bag limit is two gags within the four-fish aggregate bag limit with a minimum size of 22 inches.

Reef cleanup

Ever wonder what happens when a fish breaks your fishing line and swims off in the Gulf of Mexico? Much of it ends up on local artificial reefs. But if you are a seasoned scuba diver, you can do your share to clean up local waters.

On Sept. 24, Reef Monitoring Inc. will sponsor its third artificial reef cleanup. A similar event this time last year removed more than 700 pounds of debris that can endanger or entangle fish, birds, turtles and dolphins. It was an abandoned crab-trap line that damaged the tail of Winter, featured in the movie Dolphin Tale, set for release this month.

Reef Monitoring Inc. was formed last year by marine scientists from St. Petersburg College and the University of South Florida to train sport divers to collect data on marine populations on the artificial and natural reefs off Pinellas County. To learn more, go to

Awesome amberjack

Sandy Kyros poses with an 81.02-pound amberjack, hoisted by Tom Scarcarelli, after winning $500 and the trophy for that category at the Old Salt Ladies tournament Aug. 13. She caught the fish in 150 feet of water aboard the 39-foot Contender Momma Said.

Paralympic sailors begin quest for 2012 regatta

With a silver medal from the recent world championship in Great Britain, local sailors JP Creignou and Jen French of theJ2 Racing USA team are making final preparations for the U.S. Paralympic Trials in January. The St. Petersburg sailors — French is a quadriplegic from a snowboarding accident; Creignou is blind from a degenerative condition, retinitis pigmentosa — train out of the downtown sailing center. Creignou won a bronze medal at the Paralympics in Greece and has sailed with French for nearly two years. She handles the helm while Creignou mans the sails.

Sailing is different than other sports for those who are disabled because crutches, wheelchairs and prosthetics are left at the dock. "We often race against able-bodied people in open regattas," French said. "And it's really great when we beat them."

The 2012 Paralympics in London will be held two weeks after the regular Olympics in the same venue. Only one sailing team qualifies to represent the United States. Athletes will have two chances to qualify: IFDS World Championship in Port Charlotte, Jan. 7-15, and the Miami Olympic Classes Regatta, Jan. 22-28. But both able-bodied and disabled athletes need to raise funds to achieve their goals. To help Creignou and French, go to

Trailmix: Big amberjack is winning catch 09/01/11 [Last modified: Monday, September 5, 2011 12:53am]
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