Lee County/Fort Myers–Calusa Blueway or Bust: SNOOK, TROUT, REDFISH TO EARN TOP ANGLER FREE HOBIE KAYAK
Kayak, paddles, cash prizes offered
Fort Myers, FL, July 29, 2010 — The annual Calusa Blueway Kayak Fishing Tournament is expected to draw about 75 paddling anglers to the shores of Pine Island this fall as they compete for cash prizes and a chance to win a Hobie Adventure fishing kayak from Hobie and Estero River Outfitters. Kayak fishing paddles from Bending Branches and custom rods from Cape Haze also will be awarded.
Fast becoming the premier kayak fishing tournament in Southwest Florida, the catch-and-release event is scheduled for Nov. 6 as part of the 10-day canoe and kayak festival along the Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail. Get details at www.CalusaBluewayPaddlingFestival.com.
This year’s event features a one-day competition for anglers who catch and release snook, redfish, sea trout and other species. All fishing must take place on Lee County waterways. Captains’ meeting, weigh-in and awards take place in Matlacha.
The first-place winner will receive the fully rigged Hobie Adventure kayak, which has a retail value exceeding $2,000. The second-place winner will receive $500, based on 50 participants. The third-place finisher gets $300; the fourth-place angler earns $150; and the fifth-place finisher wins $50.
“It’s significant to have a kayak of this caliber donated as our grand prize this year,” said Josh Harvel, tournament committee chairman who also is a Hobie Fishing Team member and Lee County Parks & Recreation volunteer. “The Adventure is one of the best-performing kayaks on the water today. I’m very excited that Hobie and Estero River Outfitters have come together with the Calusa Blueway to help promote the great sport of kayak fishing.”
The Nov. 5 captains’ meeting will include a reception sponsored by Angler’s Inn and Bert’s Bar. The digital weigh-in, a seminar with Kayak Charters’ Dominick Greco and the awards presentation will be Nov. 6 at Matlacha Park with a celebration afterward for anglers and kayakers at The Sun & The Moon Inn, Matlacha.
Tournament proceeds benefit the Great Calusa Blueway and the Society for Ethical Ecotourism, which is hosting the event with assistance from Lee County Parks & Recreation volunteers. Sponsors include Hobie, Bending Branches, Cape Haze, Estero River Outfitters, West Marine, Sea Tow, Angler’s Inn, Bert’s Bar, The Sun & The Moon Inn, Kayak Excursions, Kayak Charters and many more local businesses.
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MARK YOUR CALENDAR
The Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival Fishing Tournament is set for Nov. 6; fishing on all Lee County, FL, waterways with tourney awards at Matlacha Park, 4577 Pine Island Road NW, Matlacha, FL 33993. It’s part of the closing weekend of the 10-day Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival. Register and get details online at www.CalusaBluewayPaddlingFestival.com.
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