The angler’s meeting was held at Lansdowne Street Pub in Bonita Springs, FL. Old and new friends met and talked fishing while rules were reviewed. The format allowed fishing from the end of the meeting (around 7:15 pm), till the next day at 3 pm. The excitement grew until the cannon was fired, signaling the beginning of the tournament, and most of the anglers took off to their vehicles to begin a long night of snook hunting. The few that stayed behind enjoyed cold beverages in the outdoor patio of Lansdowne Street and talked about strategies for the next day.
Saturday morning broke to mixed clouds and a nice breeze from the east. At Lansdowne Street, the anglers started coming in around 1 pm to check in their catches. They were treated to live music from the Michael King Band (yes, they performed “Fish On”) and great food from our hosts. During the check in it became clear that the redfish were being shy, with half of the anglers missing reds from their aggregate. Almost all anglers scored snook from 17” to 32.5”. The largest redfish caught was a nice fat bull at 30”. At the end of the day there had to be winners, so the scores were tabulated.
Top Female Angler - Kasie Thornton 37.5”
Top Junior Angler – Dakota Wright 22”
5th Place – Andrew Wright 45”
4th Place – Joey Nicotra 45.5”
3rd Place – Doug Shallmoser 49” (Doug just swept the IFA West Coast Div)
2nd Place – Andrew Reschke 49”
1st Place – Preston Haytac – 55.5”
After the awards and prizes were given out, the raffle began. The club raised $300 for the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Fallen Heroes Fund. Sponsors donating prizes included YakAttack, YakDaddy, Hook1, MirrOlure, Deep South Rods, Estero River Outfitters, and many more. Congratulations to the winners all of the anglers who made this event a success!
About the Author: Bob Bramblet is an avid tournament angler, competing in local, regional and national events. He is the President of the Southwest Florida Kayak Angler’s Association at www.swfkaa.com, and Captain of the Blue Line Fishing Team at www.bluelinefishingteam.com. Bob also writes kayak fishing articles and reviews for several online resources and kayak fishing magazines. He can usually be found fishing his home waters of Estero Bay or Pine Island Sound, where he has been fishing for over 20 years.