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RedSnook tournament still taking entries  

By Staff | Sep 7, 2012

A few spaces are still available for lucky anglers to register for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s RedSnook Catch and Release Charity Tournament scheduled for Nov. 2-4 in Naples.

The tournament is open to all amateur anglers. Awards will be presented to the top teams in each division: largest fish, grand slam, corporate team and top female angler.

Dr. Aaron Adams, director of operations for the non-profit Bonefish and Tarpon Trust and senior scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory, is the honorary chair for the three-day event. His pursuit of effective fisheries and habitat conservation are rooted in his years growing up near Chesapeake Bay, when he witnessed the collapse of the Bay’s habitats and fisheries. Adams spends considerable effort translating science and conservation into fishermen’s terms, has given countless presentations to fishing clubs, and is an avid fly angler.

Last year’s tournament netted more than $110,000 for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida to protect the area’s waters.

The tournament begins with a kick-off party and auction at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 2, at the Naples Yacht Club. Anglers launch from locations in Naples, Goodland and Everglades City, with competition scheduled on Nov. 3-4 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The tournament concludes with an awards ceremony at 6 p.m. Nov. 4, at Northern Trust, 4001 Tamiami Trail N., Naples.

Teams can register for the tournament at www.conservancy.org/redsnook. Divisions include guided and unguided bait, guided and unguided artificial and fly fishing. Registration is limited to the first 60 teams. For more information, call 239-403-4219 or email nikkied@conservancy.org