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Going outdoors

By RODNEY PAGE, Times Staff Writer
Published July 15, 2005


REDFISH: One of the largest redfish tournaments in the country takes place July 22 and 23 in Inglewood. The FLW Redfish Series holds its third event in the Eastern Division off Charlotte Harbor. There will be 150 teams. Anglers, competing in two-man teams, will fish for a top award of $25,000. Also at stake are points that earn teams a berth into the FLW Series Championship in October in Mobile, Ala. Mid July is the perfect time for redfish in the Venice/Inglewood area, as the fish tend to school around grass flats and oyster bars. There will be daily weigh-ins at 3 p.m. at Stump Pass Marina. For more information, check out


SPORT SEASON: Just a reminder that the spiny lobster sport season is July 27 and 28. The special two-day window gives recreational lobster divers a head start before the regular season begins August 6 and runs until March 31. There is a bag limit of six lobsters per person per day for Monroe County and Biscayne National Park, and 12 per person per day for the rest of Florida. The minimum size limit for a spiny lobster is at least 3 inches for the carapace the main body, excluding the tail, it must be measured in the water and possession of a measuring device is required at all times while diving. There is no night diving allowed in Monroe County for the two-day season. A recreational saltwater license and crawfish permit are needed to harvest the tasty "bugs." For more information or regulations, see


STUDY THE WETLANDS: Weedon Island Preserve is offering a workshop focusing on the island's wetlands. The workshop consists of two components, a classroom session and a field session. The classroom session is Thursday, and the field session is the following Sunday. This is part of a year-round series that takes place on the third Thursday of every month and covers a wide range of topics. For information call (727) 453-6500.


SHARK WEEK: For those who just can't get enough of sharks, the Discovery Channel is presenting Shark Week starting Sunday. The highlight is a feature called Anatomy of a Shark Bite, which analyzes a real shark bite caught on film. Experts break down the attack frame by frame. The show airs at 8 p.m. Sunday.


WOMEN'S GROUP: The Windlasses, a group of women sailors, is looking for new members. The group is based out of Dunedin Marina and meets every Thursday during its school year. The membership drive begins August 18 at 9:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Dunedin. The group offers instruction, interclub races and cruises. The Windlasses began in 1967 and have more than 120 members. Call (727) 424-3783 or (727) 725-1015.

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