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Three teams earn prizes in first Matlacha Trout Tournament

Event a benefit for Hookers’ Outreach Program

May 16, 2012
By MEGHAN McCOY ( , Pine Island Eagle

The first annual Matlacha Trout Tournament was held behind Miceli's Restaurant Saturday to benefit the Matlacha Hookers' Outreach Program.

Darlene and Jason Synder, owners of Wasted Seaman, hosted the event.

Darlene said since they hold an annual redfish tournament in September, they decided to add another tournament in May to benefit the Hookers. She said they took care of everything with the tournament and the Hookers took care of the raffle, 50/50 and silent auction.

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Team Friendly Frankies won first place during the 1st annual Matlacha Trout Tournament Saturday afternoon with 68 1/2 inches, which awarded them $1,000.

"We have six boats out today," Darlene said. "I'm happy with that."

Jason said they took the entry fees from the fishing tournament to divide into three cash prizes. First place winners Team Friendly Frankies, 68 1/2 inches, received $1,000; 2nd place winners Team Southern Ice, 61 1/2 inches, received $750; and 3rd place winners Team Schooner Bay, 60 inches, received $350.

The total length of the three trout that the teams caught and brought back to Miceli's determined the winners. The six teams had the opportunity to travel wherever they chose as long as they were back by 4 p.m. for the weigh in, which was done by Jayson Rider.

Capt, Tim Sisemore of "Get Hooked" took part in the fishing tournament Saturday with two other members of his team. He said they decided to enter the event because they like fishing tournaments.

Although it was windy, Sisemore said they caught a lot of fish. With the three trout they decided to keep equaled 57 inches.

Capt. Kyle Knight of "SP Designs" also took part in the tournament. The team traveled out to Big Pine Island Sound, but did not have luck catching very large trout. The three they brought back to the weigh in totaled 53 inches.

Although Knight enjoyed the tournament, he said he enjoys fishing for red fish and trout because it is more fun.

D.J. Ruscik, Matlacha Hookers Madame Dj vu, said they made $118 at the captain's meeting Friday night for the 50/50 raffle. Saturday they collected $1,673 for the Outreach Program, coining it a very successful event, she said.

"Every dollar makes a difference because it goes back to the community," she said.

The Outreach Program, Ruscik said, is for situations where a member of the community is in need of some assistance in some way. She said they help with such things as rent or electricity by paying it directly to the bill holder.

Ruscik said F.I.S.H., Beacon of H.O.P.E. and the Pine Island Community Church work together to fulfill the need of the community.

"A call goes out and say here is what we need,' she said, adding that sometimes the effort to meet that demand is made through a contribution from all the organizations.

The Matlacha Hookers is comprised of more than 300 actively paid members, which Ruscik said makes it the largest active organization on the island.



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