The Southwest Florida Kayak Angler’s Association announces dates of the 2nd Annual Inshore Kayak Classic.
-Anglers from all over the country already signing up.
The 2013 SWFKAA Inshore Kayak Classic will be held April 19 and 20. The event, which allows angler to fish overnight from the Captain’s meeting till the weigh in the next day, is one of the largest kayak tournaments on the west coast of Florida. “Last year we had 50 anglers,” said Bob Bramblet, SWFKAA President. “This year we expect close to 100.”
The Captain’s meeting begins at 6 p.m. on Friday the 19th. At the conclusion, tournament staff will fire a signal cannon and anglers can fish from then until 1:30 p.m. the next day. All Charlotte, Lee, and Collier counties’ waters are open to anglers for the event. “It’s a unique format that works well,” according to SWFKAA Vice President Jim VanPelt. “There is a lot of excitement, and we already have people signed up from North Carolina and California.”
Anglers will compete for cash and prizes, including a brand new Hobie “Mirage Outback” provided by Estero River Outfitters. The weigh in is being held at Lansdowne Street Pub in Bonita Springs. There will be great food provided by the staff, as well as live music by the Michael King Band.
The event will also include a raffle and silent auction. All proceeds will benefit Josh Stuller, whose family owns Estero River Outfitters. On December 3, 2004 Josh was involved in a motorcycle accident that left him paralyzed with severe neck and spinal cord injuries. Josh was 18 and an avid angler, fishing every square inch of water from Suthwest Florida to the Keys. Nine years later, Josh remains paralyzed and suffers from constant pain. Yet he continues to help run the family business, which is the headline sponsor for this year’s event.
For more information and a complete list of rules, visit www.swfkaa.com.