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2009 RedSnook Catch & Release Tournament slated for Oct. 2-4

By Staff | Aug 4, 2009

Registration is under way for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s 2009 RedSnook Catch and Release Charity Tournament, scheduled to take place Oct. 2-4. This International Game Fish Association certified tournament is open to teams, individuals and junior anglers under the age of 16.

Roland Martin, legendary angler and television host of the “Fishing with Roland Martin Show,” will again host the three-day tournament. Thomas M. Wagor, community bank president with M&I Bank, will serve as chairman of the event. Last year, the tournament netted more than $60,000 for the Conservancy.

The RedSnook tournament benefits a juvenile game fish study being conducted by Conservancy biologists. The study will examine juvenile game fish living within the mangrove tidal creeks and salt marshes of Ten Thousand Islands. The goal is to learn more about how to conserve and restore juvenile game fish habitat.

The tournament will begin with a kick-off party and auction at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 2 at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, located at 9891 Gulf Shore Drive in Naples. Competitors will launch from three locations in Naples, Goodland and Chokoloskee, with competition scheduled on Oct. 3 and 4 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The tournament concludes with an awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at Northern Trust, located at 4001 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 100 in Naples.

Teams can register for the tournament at www.conservancy.org/redsnook. Divisions include unguided general bait, guided general bait, unguided spin/plug and guided spin/plug. Registration is limited to the first 60 teams.

For more information, call 239-403-4200.

The event is being sponsored by M&I Bank, Comcast, Florida Weekly, Outback, Amerivest Realty, Heatherwood Construction, LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, Northern Trust, The Johnson Meland Group of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Calusa Island Marina, Renfroe & Jackson, Naples Yacht Club and Whole Foods. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available.

To become a sponsor, contact Meghan Clancy at 239-403-4200.

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is a grassroots organization focused on the critical environmental issues of the Southwest Florida region. Partnering with like-minded organizations, the Conservancy works to manage growth and protect area waters, land and wildlife. They are located at 1450 Merrihue Drive, off Goodlette-Frank Road at 14th Avenue North in Naples

For additional information about the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, call 239-262-0304 or visit www.conservancy.org.