The seventh annual Fillet and Release tournament will be held Saturday, Sept. 17 along the watery stretches of Fort Myers Beach, with weigh-ins, tourney parties and more held at Matanzas Inn, 416 Crescent St.
Each year the annual tournament benefits Hope Hospice (a special kind of care designed to provide comfort and support to people of all ages who are facing a life-limiting illness) and has raised a total of more than $17,000 in the last five years for the organization.
A special appearance by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders will be at the weigh-in and available for photographic opportunities for anglers and guests, at Matanzas Inn, by 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. The captain's meeting will be held at Bahama Breeze, in Fort Myers, at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16. The tournament will be from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., with the weighing in ceremony party to follow.
The tournament is comprised of four anglers per boat, with one redfish and one trout to be weighed in per team. The cost to enter is $250 per team, and a cash payout of $7,250 will be awarded, based on 30 boats entered. Other prizes will be awarded from generous local business donations in Lee County.
Each year, this tournament has grown and expanded in money collected for Hope Hospice and awarded prizes to the teams entered. Entry forms should be filled out and sent in as soon as possible. All details are online, at FilletAndRelease4Hospice.com.
For more information, contact Ralph Andrew, 222-6787, or Amy Andrew, 940-4473.