Register kids now for the Michael O’Donnell Memorial Fish-a-Thon

August 21, 2015
By Marcy Shortuse

Pier-and-Michael-ODonnellTo the Editor:
An Englewood Pioneer Days tradition returns again for the sixth year. Kids 12 and under can participate in the 6th Annual Michael O’Donnell Memorial Fish-A-Thon. Chairs Cathy and Roger Redman, believe strongly that every child should have a chance to learn to love fishing as her late son, Michael O’Donnell did.
The event will be held Sunday, Sept. 6, from 7 to 10:30 a.m. at the Tom Adams Bridge in Englewood. The event is free to kids aged 12 and under.
Registration is open now. Forms can be obtained at All the children in a family may be listed on one form. You do not have to be preregistered to attend, but participants must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registered participants will be able to get ready to fish more quickly than those who are not pre-registered. There will be a sign up table at the pier.
On-site registration begins at 7 a.m. on Sept. 6. At 8 a.m. Capt. Chris O’Neill will give a talk on “Fishing tips and safety.” Lines will go in the water at 8:15 a.m.
Bait for the event is donated by the Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary.

Michael O'Donnell
Michael O’Donnell

Also assisting are Leslie Brown of Keller Williams, Amanda Hawkins, and many volunteers. Adults do not need to know how to fish, the volunteers are experienced and will assist anyone who needs some help.
Trophies will be given for the longest fish, shortest fish, ugliest fish, heaviest fish, most unusual catch and the most caught fish.
This event believes in good sportsmanship, which means all participants treat other fishermen and the fishing area and the fish caught with respect.
A copy of the registration form and rules are available at Experienced fishermen from across the community are pitching in to make this a great time for the younger ones.
For further information, visit the website or email, or call (941) 698-9484 before 9:30 p.m.
Cathy Redman