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Outdoors special: Dec. 6, 2002
Boat on water 'Fishability'
Local builders have combined old-fashioned quality with 21st-century materials to create a boat that can cruise shallow, deep and everywhere in between. Story

Snook closure
Snook season closes Dec. 15, which means there only are a few days remaining to catch and keep the popular game fish. The closed season runs through Jan. 31, statewide. During the closed period, it is illegal to possess snook of any size. When the season is open, only snook between 26 and 34 inches may be kept, and the bag limit is one snook per person, per boat.

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Freshwater fishing heats up in chilly December
December marks the start of the freshwater fishing season. My log book and field notes reveal the first trophy fish (10 pounds and above) are caught during this month.

December forecast
December is a month of transition in the Tampa Bay area. The fall migrations of kingfish, Spanish mackerel and cobia typically wind down and the winter pattern establishes itself. Weather plays the key role in determining how good the fishing will be and what species will be available.

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