■ STAFF REPORT
The Lemon Bay Touchdown Club’s seventh annual fishing tournament is set for Saturday, Aug. 4 at Boca Grande Marina, 220 Harbor Drive, Boca Grande. Offshore anglers will fish for red grouper, snapper and a mystery fish. The inshore division will fish for redfish, trout and a mystery fish.
There will be a captain’s meeting at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3 at Ricaltini’s Bar & Grille, 1997 Kentucky Ave., Englewood. Offshore boats will be released at 9 p.m. On Aug. 4, inshore boats will check in between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. at one of two locations and begin fishing at 7 a.m. All weigh-ins will be from 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. at Boca Grande Marina, with an after party starting at 5 p.m.
Team entry is $350, which includes four anglers, VIP bag and long-sleeve tournament shirt. Anglers may be added for $50 per person. Registration after Aug. 1 will be $400 per team. Proceeds benefit the Lemon Bay High Manta Rays football program. Organizers are also welcoming sponsors at all levels.
There will be $10,000 in payouts based on 50-69 boats. There will be three awards in the red grouper category, three for the redfish category and one for snapper, trout and mystery fish categories.
Boat entry fees are $350 for four boaters, $50 for additional anglers for pre-registration. After August 1, the cost is $400 to participate.
For more information, contact Janine Vito at (941) 441-7045, Ryan Johnson at (941) 586-8019 or Holly Haynes at (941) 270-2479.