Out and about

By Rodney Page, Times staff writer
Published May 25, 2007



St. Petersburg teams claimed the top three spots at last week's Forrest L. Wood Kingfish Series event in Tierra Verde. Team Pork Chop, headed by Robert Dawson, caught a 27-pound, 10-ounce kingfish at Boca Grande to earn the $12, 000 first prize. Dawson, along with teammates Dan Condron and Ray Szymanski, caught nearly 20 kingfish in just over an hour.

Team Maximo Marine, captained by Chris Turner, finished second (26-6). Team Baitmasters, headed by Robert Aylesworth, was third (25-4). Karen Bixler of Redington Beach was the top female angler with a 19-8 king.

The next FLW kingfish event for the Gulf Coast Division is Saturday, also in Tierra Verde.

Mac Attack event reaches 30 years

Billy's Stone Crab restaurant is hosting its 30th annual Big Mac Attack in Tierra Verde this weekend. The entry fee is $100 for the kingfish category and $100 for Spanish mackerel. The captains' meeting is tonight, and the weigh-in begins at 3 p.m. Saturday. Call (727) 542-3900 for info.


Former Dolphin takes wildlife post

Dwight Stephenson, who played center for the Miami Dolphins for eight seasons (1980-87), was appointed commissioner of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission by Gov. Charlie Crist on Wednesday. He fills the position vacated by Sandra Kaupe on the seven-person commission, which meets in different parts of the state to seek public opinion and set wildlife management policies.


Give the kids a lift out on the water

June 2 is Take a Kid Boating Day in Florida. The St. Petersburg-based Take a Kid Boating Foundation is hoping to link foster care and special needs children with boaters for a day on the water. Volunteers are needed for the events at Fort De Soto and Caladesi Island. Go to www.TakeAKidBoating.org or call (727) 804-3680.

Oceanography buffs to talk data streams

The Florida Institute of Oceanography will hold a public meeting June 8 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. to discuss the Geospatial Assessment of Marine Ecosystems project. GAME seeks to assemble information about coastal waters, and it would like the public's assistance. Call (727) 896-8626 for information about the meeting at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg.

Rodney Page, Times staff writer