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Saturday, 24 November 2018 21:27

2018 Calusa Blueway Kayak Fishing Tournament Featured

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It's a few weeks away, Saturday December 8th 2018.... the 15th Annual Calusa Blueway Kayak Fishing Tournament! presented by Gulf Coast Kayak and hosted by "Olde Fish House Marina" 4530 Pine Island Rd NW Matlacha, FL 33993

This will be a "catch, photo and release" tournament, All Fishing must be done from a non-motorized paddle craft & take place in Lee County Waterways.

This tournament is on its way to becoming premier paddlesport fishing tournament here in Southwest Florida and is expected to draw up to 100 anglers. Entry is $65 per angler and tournament proceeds will benefit Candlelighters of Southwest Florid, whose mission is to help families of children with cancer or blood disorders, serving approximately 550 families in a five-county area - Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Hendry and Glades - providing support, education and advocacy to these children, as well as the professionals that care for them. All children with cancer or blood disorders and their families are eligible to receive benefits of membership. For more information visit them at

Registered "paddle anglers" can begin to fish at safe light, with the "weigh in" starting at 12 noon and going till 3pm. Post-tournament ceremonies to begin at 3:30pm:


1st Place Prize-$1000,

2nd Place Prize-$500,

3rd Place Prize-$250

1st Place PADDLE BOARD Angler Prize-Body Glove Mariner Paddle Board

1st Place WOMENS ANGLER PRIZE-Rod/Reel Combo from Estero River Outfitters valued at $200

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This is a is an inshore slam tournament. Longest total inches of a snook, trout, and redfish. So don’t waste time catching a tarpon.




They will also be giving away another Body Glove Angler paddleboard, and plenty of other opportunities to Win something Cool!


All Heros! Veterans, Military & First Responders! Now through the end of November receive $10 off your registration with proof of service! Register now:

Well you say this sounds like fun but you don't know anything about kayak fishing? YOU'RE IN LUCK!

Four days before this tournament there is an "Intro to Kayak Fishing" presentation... read on!

The "Intro to Kayak Fishing Tournaments" will be presented by Dan Carns as the first talk in a series of free Calusa Blueway-related programs. This informational talk is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center, 16760 Bass Road, Fort Myers, FL 33908.

Dan Carns is a professional kayak fishing guide with years of experience fishing the waters of the Calusa Blueway and participating in paddle fishing tournaments. He will bring his own equipment and discuss how to prepare for fishing tournaments, strategies, rigging your craft, measuring fish, and other topics related to tournament fishing.

“With the Calusa Blueway Kayak Fishing Tournament being just a few days after our first talk, we thought it would be a great idea to have Dan focus on tournament fishing,” says Calusa Blueway Coordinator Mike Hammond. “He is our most requested speaker and we’re excited to have him back again”.


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So come on out to the informational intro to Kayak Fishing and then jump right in to your first tourney!

Remember the fishing vessel has to be propelled by paddle!

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