The Third Annual Captain Mel Classic is on March 23, 2013. This is an all-amateur, all-lure catch/photo/release charity event with the target species of trout and redfish; a bonus species “buy-in” (flounder) with the grand prize in each division based on the longest inches of each angler’s longest redfish and trout.

The event is to honor the late Captain Mel Berman and benefits The Humane Society of Hillsborough County. There are five divisions: Open, No Motor, Fly, Junior and Ladies. There are prizes and cash payouts for the top finishers.

Entry fees are $40 for all divisions except Junior (which is $30). The Captain’s Meeting is on March 22 at the Fat Cat Tavern in Clearwater where anglers will receive their tournament materials. The judging and awards is also at Fat Cat Tavern and anglers must check in before 2:30PM to be eligible to win.

For more information, rules and sponsor information visit and click on “Captain Mel Classic” or call 727-692-6345.

Image courtesy Captain Mel Classic

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