CONTINUOUS: Tampa Coast Guard Auxiliary offers a rotating Boating Skills and Seamanship class, with meetings every Wednesday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Fee is $60, and boaters can start on any Wednesday; (813) 835-4118; http://cgwebs.net/flotilla79/.
CONTINUOUS: U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Brandon meets second Tuesday monthly at Handly Park, 3006 S. Kings Avenue in Brandon, 7:30 p.m.; (800) 704-4216, www.cgaux74.org
CONTINUOUS: Safe Boating Course conducted by St. Petersburg Coast Guard Auxiliary, starts Tuesdays as 7:30 p.m. at 1300 Beach Dr. SE, St. Petersburg; (727) 898-1324.
THROUGH MARCH 31: Regular season for spiny lobster statewide, bag limit 6 statewide, saltwater fishing license required.
TODAY: St. Johns Shad Derby catch and release tournament hosted by Fishing Florida Radio, no entry fee, www.fishingfloridaradio.com.
THURSDAY: Mark Nichols of DOA lures presents a free inshore seminar, 6 p.m. at West Marine, 1721 Gulf to Bay in Clearwater; (727) 447-5320.
MARCH 5-7: Tampa Tribune Outdoors Expo and Boat Show hosted by Frank Sargeant at Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, admission $8;w w w.tbo.com, keyword: Outdoors Expo; 727-894-3644.
MARCH 6, 27: Orvis fly fishing school with Capt. Rick Grassett at CB's Saltwater Outfitters, Stickney Point Road in Sarasota, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., $150 fee includes tackle use, text book, DVD and lunch; (941) 349-4400.
APRIL 1: Reel Animals TV hosts Mike Anderson and Billy Nobles present a free fishing clinic at West Marine 3905 West Cypress, 6:30 p.m.; (813) 348-0521.
APRIL 22: CCA Tampa Chapter auction and banquet featuring "Reel Animals" tv hosts Mike Anderson and Billy Nobles, at Pepin's Hospitality Centre, 4121 N. 50th Street in Tampa; (813) 238-2220.
TURKEY SEASONS: South zone, March 6-April; central and north zones, March 20-April 25
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