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Outdoors: Out and about

By Rodney Page,Times staff writer
Published May 11, 2007




Stone crab season closes on Wednesday and remains closed until Oct. 15. All stone crab traps must be out of the water by midnight on Tuesday. Restaurants may have the claws for about another week before they will be off the menu for the summer.

"I'll be in Crystal River and Cedar Key getting about 250 pounds of stone crab on Tuesday, " said Billy Moore, owner of Billy's Stone Crab Restaurant in Tierra Verde. "That will last about five or six days. We don't freeze the claws. They freezer burn real easy. So once we're out, we're out."


Sheriffs events cover bay, coast

Next weekend you can fish with the cops either in Pinellas or Hillsborough County. The Pinellas Sheriff's Police Athletic League will host a kingfish tournament on May 19 at the Clearwater Yacht Club. The tournament expects to attract nearly 150 boats competing for more than $20, 000 in prizes. For information, call April Hoaglin at 727 582-6950.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is holding its tournament for snook, redfish and trout on May 19. Fishing is 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the weigh-in at Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa. For information, call (813) 247-8115.


Course will steer new boaters right

The St. Petersburg Sail and Power Squadron is offering a seven-week boating safety course beginning Monday at the St. Petersburg Sailing Center in Demen's Landing. The course covers all facets of boating rules, navigation and safety. Call (727) 565-4453 or go to



-Saturday is Eco Day, and Tampa Bay Watch is working on three restoration projects at Fort De Soto Park. There will be salt marsh planting, native beach planting and a coastal cleanup. The projects will be from 9 a.m. to noon and lunch is provided. Contact Alexis at aackmanz

-If you're looking for something even more physical, try the Picnic Island Adventure Race 6:45 tonight. The 3.3-mile race goes through water and also involves jumping and climbing. Go to for more information.

-The Johnny Ferlita Memorial Fishing Tournament begins tonight with a captains' meeting at the Bay Club at Westshore Yacht Club. Fishing for redfish, snook and trout begins at 7 a.m. Saturday and the weigh-in is at 3 p.m. at the Bay Club. For information, call Amanda Polson at (813) 269-0955.

-The Suncoast Dutch Oven Society (yes, there is such a thing) is holding a gathering Saturday at John Chesnut Park in Palm Harbor from 1 p.m. to sunset. There will be plenty of food cooked in traditional dutch ovens. Call (727) 725-4619 for details.

Rodney Page, Times staff writer

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