The 13th Annual Pine Island Elementary (PIE) Fishing Tournament & Derby presents a day of pulling in fish, live music, a fish fry, auctions, and kids activities at the Olde Fish House Marina in Matlacha on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011.
Registered children are invited to participate in games, face-painting, T-shirt-painting, the fishing derby in three age divisions, lunch, and a trophy awards ceremony. Cost for non-PIE students is $35; for PIE students, $30 (sponsorship available for those who cannot pay the fee.)
The following live bands will perform throughout the day: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Kip & Friends, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Rick & Danette from Stringtown, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Aimee Linn & Charlie Kuchler, and finally from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The Yard Dogs.
Tournament registration fee for adult anglers is $50, which includes a free T-shirt and the fish fry. Prizes of $500 are awarded for heaviest legal mangrove snapper, redfish, and trout; $1,000 for heaviest legal slam.
Fishing starts at 7 a.m.; weigh-in is at 3 p.m. Registration is Saturday, Oct. 22 from noon to 6 p.m. in a tent staked across the street from Olde Fish House Marina.
Participants can also pre-register at partner businesses: Miceli’s Restaurant and Seven Seas Bait & Tackle in Matlacha, Four Winds Marina in Bokeelia, and Monroe Canal Marina and Old Pine Island Marine & Tackle in St. James City.
For kids sponsorship and registration forms or more information about the fishing event or donating auction items, visit www.matlachahookers.org or call 239-282-1442 or 239-283-3706.