Tournament Designed to Support Stewardship of our Waters through MOTE Marine and Recycled Fish
If you’re in Florida – or if you can be on November 2 & 3 – you’ll want to be part of this first-ever catch-photo-release inshore fishing tournament to benefit Recycled Fish & Mote Marine Laboratory’s Project Snook.
Capt. Blair Wiggins, host of Addictive Fishing, is looking for some friendly fishing competition – for a good cause. The unique format of the tournament makes everyone a winner.
First, every angler is a winner, before the first line is ever cast. The entry fee is only $25 and each angler receives a “Captain’s Bucket” worth $50. With separate divisions for motorized boats, canoes and kayaks, and shore-bound anglers, the playing field is leveled.
Second, rather than a catch-and-keep or catch-livewell-release tournament, fish are caught, photographed and released immediately, right where they are caught. To minimize handling time and simplify the catch-photo-release process, every angler will be provided a Plano bump board made from recycled plastic. That’s not just a ‘win’ for the fish; it helps ensure a vibrant fishery for other anglers.
Third, our waters win because 100% of the entry fees are donated to MOTE Marine Laboratory, MOTE Marine’s Project Snook and Recycled Fish. These non-profit organizations work to ensure that there are healthy fisheries today and a strong future for the coming generations.
“This concept is definitely clicking with people,” said Captain Blair Wiggins, Host of Addictive Fishing. “For a pilot event, we have exceeded expectations – over 160 people have signed up already, and we’ve limited the event to the first 250 anglers, so people need to sign up soon!”
Prizes are provided by DICK’S Sporting Goods and manufacturers like Minn Kota, Humminbird, Ocean Kayak, Wright & McGill, Eagle Claw, Costa Sunglasses, Plano, FINS, D.O.A., Mirrolure, Star Brite, Seaguar, and Calusa Cast Nets.
To learn more and sign up for the Addictive Fishing Weekend Warrior Challenge presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods, visit www.addictivefishing.com/tournament or any of the Tampa Bay Area DICK’S Sporting Goods Stores.
Logo courtesy Recycled Fish/Addictive Fishing