The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has scheduled a series of public workshops regarding possible changes to state permit regulations. The FWC wants to hear what people think about establishing a commercial permit trip limit, extending state regulations for permit into federal waters, establishing a permit-tagging program, eliminating the commercial harvest and sale of permit, and making permit a catch-and-release-only fishery. One of these workshops will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 5 at the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (100 Eighth Ave. SE) in St. Petersburg.
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Event benefits popular captain
A group of guides, hard-core anglers and representatives of the fishing industry have joined forces to hold a benefit tournament for Doug Hemmer, a Times Captain's Corner correspondent and veteran of the west coast flats fishing scene, who injured his back and has been unable to work. The Oct. 3 event, billed as an everyman's tournament, will offer no cash payout or big prizes; the only thing up for grabs will be trophies and bragging rights. One hundred percent of the $25 entry fee will go to help pay for Hemmer's surgery and rehabilitation. For more information, go to www.floridainshoreangler.com.
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Early duck season drawing near
The special early duck season is Sept. 26-30. Some other seasons are currently open: crow, rail and common moorhen and Canada goose. For a complete list of migratory bird and early waterfowl hunting seasons, go to www.myfwc.com.
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Distance Classic races to Fort Myers
This year's annual Distance Classic Sailboat Regatta will begin Sept. 30 at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club at Pass-a-Grille. The race concludes at the St. Charles Yacht Club in Fort Myers. Those interested in the SPYC Distance Classic can find eligibility rules and entry forms at www.spyc.org, or contact Randy Swanson at (727) 368-4785, or Jeff Morello at (727) 452-5294.