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Celebrate National Fishing & Boating Week with Guy Harvey Outpost
National Fishing & Boating Week June 3-11 showcases the importance of recreational fishing and boating to the U.S. economy — and to the nation’s overall well-being. There’s no better cure for stress and overwork than getting out on the water for a few hours — or every day! And perhaps the best place to do this is in Florida– the fishing capital of the world– where excellent weather and abundant angling opportunities can be found just about anywhere.
The state of Florida is making it even easier for residents and visitors to wet a line by declaring license-free fishing days this coming week. Saltwater anglers do not need to possess a fishing license to catch dinner from the ocean June 3-4, and freshwater anglers plying lakes, streams and rivers get the same break June 10-11. Of course, all size and bag limits and closed seasons still apply. Visit myfwc.com for more information.
A fun way to hone your angling skills is to compete in a family- friendly fishing tournament, and several are on tap near Guy Harvey Outposts for National Fishing & Boating Week. Here’s a sampling:
Skippers Dockside Restaurant in Key Largo will present the third annual Skippers Dolphin Tournament June 2-4 where everyone is invited to fish–including captains and mates. More than $50,000 in cash and prizes will be given out for the heaviest combined weight of three fish caught by the top six teams. For more information, visit www.skipperstournaments.com.
The Florida Keys Elks Lodge in Islamorada will host the fifth annual Ladies Dolphin Tournament June 9-10. The event is for female anglers, but male family members and friends may serve as captain and crew. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded. For more information, visit www.floridakeyselks1872.com.
To book your stay at the Islander, a Guy Harvey Outpost in Islamorada, go to www.guyharveyoutpost.com.
ST. PETE BEACH
The Baddest BBQ on the Bone Fishing Slam & BBQ Festival will be held at nearby Madeira Beach June 8-10. In addition to barbecue and other grilled delicacies served all weekend long, there will be fishing tournaments for adults and kids. The Fishing Slam on June 10 is a multi-species photo-and-release contest for grown-ups awarding thousands in cash prizes while the kids will enjoy their own Fishing Rodeo on June 9.
The event also features a marine art show, mini boat show, pig races and other activities. For more information, visit oldsaltfishing.org
The Ed Alber Tarpon Rodeo All-Release Tournament will be held June 8-9 out of Fort De Soto Park near St. Pete Beach with proceeds benefitting Tampa Bay Watch.
Anglers will compete for cash prizes in the tarpon and shark divisions. You don’t even have to fish to enjoy the nightly social events. For more information, call Michelle Tepper, special events coordinator, at 727-867-8188, ext. 234. To book a room at Guy Harvey Outpost St. Pete Beach, visit www.guyharveyoutpost.com.