The First Annual Fall Standing Watch Fishing
Tournament was a success. We had a total of 29 boats entered with 84 anglers
participating. Team Conover consisting of Capt. Albert Garner, Bonnie
Beers, and Chris Conover took first place prize of $350.00 with the combined
weight of one redfish and one mangrove snapper totaling 10.29 lbs. and
also took the prize for redfish with most spots (3) and numerous other
raffled prizes as well.....good job !
1st place in the kids' tournament was taken by Eddie Love followed by
There was lots of good food, lots of beer, good music provided by Ray
Jardine, and most importantly, lots of good people having a good time
for a good cause. There were no people or animals harmed in the process
and most of the fish were safely returned to the water intact, healthy,
and possibly a little more wary of a free lunch offering.
Our newly elected president, Vance Hurd, emcee'd the event and newly elected
vice-president John Kinney manned the info tent. Patty Kinney and Jeannie
Harrington helped to organize the food operation.
Jay LeBlanc, our very capable and knowledgeable weighmaster from Anglers'
Outlet, did a great job and will hopefully assist at the next tourney.
Thanks to Becky at Viking Marine Inc. for hosting the event and all of
her help (also husband Evan for putting up with us), Randy Johnson of
Standing Watch for his help and his excellent shrimp feast and Capt. Terry
Pitz for his help and advise.
We would like to thank all of the people that helped out at the event
selling tickets, beer, food, and setting up. The Cape Coral Tarpon Hunters
Club went above and beyond in their assistance on short notice and I would
like to thank those Ladies and Gentlemen for their generous help. Tight
A special thank you to J.D. Hollway from the Waterfront Restaurant and
Marina in St. James City for his help, advice, and donation. He not only
provided us with tables and a very large tent, but he put it up and took
it down as well. Thanks to the Matlacha Hookers for their help with tables,
chairs, sodas, etc. and to the North Ft. Myers Firefighters for the tables
We would like to thank the following people and businesses for their donations,
contributions, and kindnesses and would ask that you support them with
your patronage as often as possible : The Waterfront Restaurant and Marina,
Bonita Furniture and Patio ( thanks, Pat ! ), Artwave Images, Capt. Terry
Pitz, American Marine Const., Smith Marine, Pine Island Realty, Richard's
Mobile Marine Repair, Fishing Fever Marina, Pork Bellies BBQ, Double Nichol
Pub, Dockside Realty, Knoll's Ct. Motel, Honc Marine Const., SouthTrust
Bank, Sellstate Realty Pine Island, Suntrust Bank, Offshore Audio, Cherry
Estates !!, Bridgewater Inn, Gulf Coast Automotive Services, The Battery
Connection, Cape Tool & Tackle, Jensen's Twin Palms Resort and Marina,
Suncoast Beverages, Waterman & Son, Boat U.S., S.W. Fl. Marine Trades
Association , Lehr's Economy Tackle, Marina 31, Seven Seas Bait &
Tackle, Anglers' Outlet, Bill Algier, Pine Bay Seafood, Bubba's Roadhouse,
Bert's Bar & Grill, R.C. Marine, Youngblood's Sanitation Services,
West Marine, Sea Tow, Carraba's Italian Grill, Larry Ryan , WCI Marine,
Pepsi, The Landings, and last but by no means least, Jim Hohnstein from
Bonita Bay for bailing me out when I needed it.
We learned a lot from this first tournament and the following tournaments
will get better and better. We are tentatively planning a spring tournament
at the Double Nichol Pub and Fishing Fever Marina in St. James City for
sometime in April or early May. We will keep you posted.
Thanks again for all of your help.
Capt. R.H.(Dusty) Harrington
Assist. Director, Standing Watch Lee Co.
Fl. State Standing Watch BOD
P.O. Box 296, Estero, FL 33928 E-mail
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