Outdoors notebook: Register by Sunday for the Lady Luck Underwater Poker Tournament
Underwater poker: The registration deadline is Sunday for the inaugural Lady Luck Underwater Poker Tournament, which is July 23 on the artificial reef off Pompano Beach in honor of the one-year anniversary of the ship’s sinking. The free Texas Hold ’em tournament is open to players of all abilities. Qualifying rounds will be held online, with the final six players winning a free dive trip to compete for the championship on the Lady Luck poker table, which is 80 feet below the surface, using special playing cards and poker chips. To register, email your name and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit southfloridadiving.com or call 954-783-2299.
Snakehead tournament: A JD’s Custom Baits Snakehead Round-Up is Saturday out of Oriole Park in Margate. Anglers weigh in their five biggest snakeheads. Entry fee is $40 per angler or per two-angler team and the big fish pot costs $20 to enter. Visit jdscustombaits.com.
Dolphin Challenge: Rocky Gurdak won the South Florida Dolphin Challenge for the second time with a 17-pounder in Saturday’s fish-off among the top qualifiers. He also won in 2012. Kevin Smith and Chris Mangin tied for second with 11-pounders.
Wahoo tournaments: The West Palm Beach Fishing Club has its second wahoo tournament Saturday out of Sailfish Marina in Palm Beach Shores. Cash payouts will be awarded to the top three boats. Entry fee is $60 per boat and teams must have at least one club member. The final tournament is Aug. 5. Visit westpalmbeachfishingclub.org or call 561-832-6780.
Hunter safety: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has a hunter safety Internet-completion course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 23 in Deerfield Beach. Students who complete the online portion attend the course, which includes shooting instruction and a written test. Register at myfwc.com/huntersafety or call 561-625-5122.
Goliath workshop: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has scheduled an additional public workshop in Lake Worth to gather input on goliath grouper management, including the possibility of a limited harvest. The workshop is 5 to 8 p.m. July 31 at the Lantana Road Branch Library at 4020 Lantana Road. Fifteen workshops are scheduled throughout the state, including Oct. 12 in Davie. Visit myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/rulemaking/workshops.
Pier clean-up: An Anglin’s Pier Underwater Clean-up is July 29 in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Sponsored by local dive shop Gold Coast Scuba, the event is 8-9:30 a.m. with a free barbecue following the dive at the Surf & Yacht Club on El Mar Drive. In addition to beach divers, who must bring a pair of sea snips and gloves, non-diving volunteers are needed to haul buckets containing fishing line and other debris collected by the divers onto the pier. To participate, call Gold Coast at 954-616-5909.
Kayak tournament: The Summer Slam Part 2 offshore kayak fishing tournament is Aug. 12 starting and ending just south of Pompano Beach Pier. Visit extremekayakfishing.com.