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Outdoors notebook

South Florida outdoors notebook

Free fishing: Nov. 29 is saltwater license free fishing day, which means no recreational saltwater fishing license is needed for Florida residents and visitors. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission also is introducing nine saltwater grand slams. They include bluewater (dolphin, sailfish, wahoo), Florida (permit, tarpon, bonefish), nearshore (cobia, kingfish, tripletail) and small fry (pinfish, grunt, catfish) for anglers under 16. Visit and click on "Saltwater Fishing" and "Angler Recognition."

Snook closure: The snook season in waters along the Gulf coast, Everglades National Park and the Keys closes Dec. 1 and remains closed until March 1. Snook can be caught and released during the closed season. The snook season in Atlantic waters is closed Dec. 15-Jan. 31.

Fishing talk: The Hollywood Hills Saltwater Fishing Science and Social Club meets Dec. 3 at Shenanigans East Side Pub, 1300 S. Federal Highway, Dania Beach. Professor Harry DeFerrari of the University of Miami, an expert on the use of sound in oceanographic research and an avid fisherman, will present "Sound in the Sea." The meeting starts around 7 p.m. with fishing reports and introductions, followed by DeFerrari's talk. Visit

Lifetime licenses: Here's a great holiday gift courtesy of Gov. Rick Scott, who signed an executive order to offer Lifetime Sportsman's Licenses for Florida residents 21 and younger for $500 — half the current cost of $1,000 — through Dec. 31. The license covers saltwater and freshwater recreational fishing, hunting and permits for turkey, waterfowl, lobster and snook, among other species. The license is available at all Florida county tax collector offices, online at and by calling 888-347-4356. Residency must be verified. For more information, visit

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