View More images >>“The kids that came hooked into some nice fish,” said Joe Wier, supervisor for Lee County Parks & Recreation. “They caught mangrove snapper, gag grouper, flounder, grunts, spanish mackerel, sheepshead and a possible pompano. They caught over thirty fish bigger than eight inches long.”
Joe stated the tournaments would not be possible without the support of the Friends of Boca Grande Community Center, Charlotte County Community Service for the use of the Boca Grande pier and Boca Grande Marina for all of the live shrimp and support they have given the Community Center and the kids. He also wanted to thank Marcy Shortuse & Dusty Hopkins from the Boca Beacon and Josh & Lee from Waterline Magazine for promoting the event.
The next Youth Fishing Tournament has not been scheduled, but will be announced this September. Christopher Campbell (top right), Ryan Rudderham with a fine flounder (bottom right), Dylan Pearl with a pompano (upper middle), Savannah Pope with a ladyfish (center left), Elizabeth Campbell with a mackerel (bottom left) and Mason McLaughlin with a nice snapper (below).
Complete results included: 6 and Under Age Group Winners: Most Fish Caught: Mason Mclaughlin, Biggest Fish Caught: Chris Campbell; 7 - 9 Age Group Winners: Most Fish Caught: Elizabeth Campbell, Biggest Fish Caught: Dylan Pearl; 10 - 15 Age Group Winners (20 participants): Most Fish Caught: Connor Rudderham, Biggest Fish Caught: Anthony Zappocosta; Overall Biggest Fish (Fisher Boy): Ryan Rudderham; Overall Biggest Fish (Fisher Girl): Savannah Pope.
Photos by Dusty
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