OUTDOORS: Matt Schubert’s five best bets to do this weekend

■ Flatty fever — Take your pick on your favorite halibut hole.

With the majority of the Peninsula’s saltwater opening to flatty fishing at some point this weekend, anglers have lots of choices.

Throw in some favorable tides, and this might be the best time all year to score a slab.

■ Crustacean nation — A wise man once said shrimp are the fruit of the sea.

Well, at the very least, they’re its garbage men. They’ll eat just about anything, as long as it’s got a little tinge of fishiness to it.

Take advantage of those ravenous habits and drop a pot in Hood Canal.

■ Geoduck goodness — The geoduck is perhaps the most elusive of all the clams (if not the most disturbing in appearance.)

These fellas require lots of digging . . . followed by even more digging.

If the tide is right — like, say, Wednesday’s minus 2.90-footer at 11:33 a.m. in Oak Bay — it can be well worth it.

■ Bird count — Dungeness River Audubon Center is organizing an all-day bird count called the Clallam County Birdathon on Saturday.

Volunteers are invited to cover a special route, join another group or count the neighborhood during a 24-hour period on International Migratory Bird Day.

To sign up for the count, contact the River Center at 360-681-4076.

■ Videolympics Film Fest — The winners of this year’s Videolympics film contest will be shown at a special event Saturday night in Port Angeles.

The film festival is set for 7 p.m. at BarN9ne, 229 W. First St., featuring the finest Peninsulites have to offer in outdoor movie making.

Those in attendance will also get to vote on the “People’s Choice” award winner.

Matt Schubert

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