Sanibel Island Fishing Club meeting to feature Bob Reed
On Tuesday, May 3, the Sanibel Island Fishing Club will hold its last meeting of the season. The next meeting will be held in October, after the angling snowbirds return to Sanibel. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a brief meet and greet in the north room of the Sanibel Island Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way. This month’s featured speaker will begin his presentation at 7 p.m. sharp. There is no admission charge for the event and the angling public is cordially invited to attend. Pizza and refreshments are available at a nominal charge.
This month’s featured speaker in Bob Reed, who is considered by many local anglers to be the one of the best tarpon fisherman in Lee County. His presentation will focus exclusively on the dos and don’ts of catching the elusive tarpon. Captain Reed joined the Ft. Myers Beach Tarpon Hunters Club in 1991 and since that time has boated in excess of 150 silver kings. He specialized in light tackle tarpon fishing, which is something most experienced tarpon anglers know is next to impossible.
Beyond fishing Reed has a master’s degree in zoology and is currently coaching his daughter-in-law, Nicole Reed, on how to catch and release tarpon. He has won the overall release award three times and has repeatedly won the light tackle award. For those anglers interested in hooking into and landing the premiere gamefish of Southwest Florida, Megalops atlanticus (tarpon), this is a program you will certainly want to attend. His power point presentation should last approx. 40 minutes followed by an extended question and answer session.
The Sanibel Island Fishing Club meets monthly through season and sponsors several group outings, as well as lending support for various fishing related charities and organizations such as START, Lee Reefs and the Sanibel Sea School.
For information on joining the club, contact Warren Tiegen at (239) 579-0354, or attend the next meeting. The Sanibel Island Fishing club has been an active social club for more than 33 years on the island.