Matlacha Hookers: April 8
The Matlacha Hookers general membership meeting will be on Monday, April 8 at the Sandy Hook Restaurant in Matlacha beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sandy Hook will have a limited menu available for your enjoyment and the doors open at 5:30 p.m. The Matlacha Hookers is a 501c women's civic organization whose mission statement is to 'Make a Positive Difference in our Community' and is open to women over the age of 21.
For the month of April, members are reminded to bring two items for the Food Pantry. This month they have requested cereals, hamburger/tuna helper, canned tomatoes, canned legumes and crackers.
For additional information about the Matlacha Hookers or the general membership meeting, please call DJ at 283-5270. Our next monthly meeting is scheduled on Monday, May 13 at the Sandy Hook Restaurant in Matlacha.
Golden Brush: April 9
The Golden Brush Painting Group of St. James City Civic Association will sponsor a workshop on April 9 from 1-4 p.m. with Joan Roberts. The medium is acrylic and oil and the topic is beach scene.
All workshops meet at SJCCA building on corner of 4th and Lemon Street. For information or to sign up call MaryAnn at 283-9337 or Melissa at 283-5203.
Golden Brush: April 16
The Golden Brush Painting Group of St. James City Civic Association will sponsor a workshop on April 16 from 1-4 p.m. with Deborah Swetsch. The medium is silk scarf and the topic is chair yoga. This is the second workshop offered with Swetsch due to a waiting list.
All workshops meet at SJCCA building on corner of 4th and Lemon Street.
For information or to sign up call MaryAnn at 283-9337 or Melissa at 283-5203.
Guided Kayak Nature Tour: April 19
The Mangrove Mazes of Matlacha Pass Kayak Tour with GAEA Guides - Guided Kayak Nature Tours will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in Matlacha. Visit the Mangrove Mazes and Tunnels of Matlacha Pass, "Nature's Cathedrals." Lots of birds, fish and critters in these mysterious tunnels.
Includes all equipment and a Florida Master Naturalist as your guide. The fee is $50 per person. Reservations needed. 239 694-5513.
Gambling Trip: April 22
Allstar Charters and Sarah Furia are doing a free day trip to the Seminole Immokalee Casino on Monday, April 22. You pay $30 and get $30 free play plus a $5 food voucher and your round trip to Immokalee. We will be picked up at 9:30 a.m. from the boat ramp at Pine Island Cove and leave the casino at 5 p.m.
Call Sarah Furia for reservations at 283-8410. There can be a pick up at the Winn-Dixie parking lot at 9:45 a.m. Make sure you bring a photo ID. If mailing a check make it out to Allstar Charters and mail to Sarah Furia, 4990 PinFish Lane, St. James City, FL 33956.
Guided Kayak Nature Tour: April 26
The Matlacha Pass Backwaters Kayak Tour with GAEA Guides from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wander through some fascinating mangrove creeks, see many birds (white pelicans, may be here from the North), manatees and dolphin. Learn about the critters and the ecology of the estuary. Eat lunch on the water in this tranquil area. Fee is $50 per person includes all equipment and a Florida Master Naturalist Guide. Cape Coral. Call for your reservation at 239 694-5513.
Wounded Warrior Anglers: May 26
The Original "Redfish Poker" Fishing Championship will be held on Sunday, May 26, with lines in the water no earlier than 7 a.m. and check in at the Olde Fish House Marina no later than 4 p.m. The Captains Meeting will be at the Olde Fish House on Saturday, May 25, at 7 p.m. a member of the team and all kayak participants must be present.
Ultimately, "Redfish Poker" Fishing Championship is played just like seven card stud poker with the best five card hand winning the championship, but with a unique twist. The unique twist is how the teams receive their cards to play the hand. Each team or individual will receive a playing card for each slot redfish between 18" to 27" with a maximum of seven cards for the team or individual. Where it becomes fun is that an 18" redfish that is typically around 2 1/4 lbs. is now equal to that 27' redfish about 8 lbs. This makes it more fun because the average angler has effectively had the playing field leveled to compete with local professional redfish tournament fishermen.
All fish will be photographed on an approved "Redfish Poker" fishing championship measuring board with each fish laid with the nose to the front and the belly against the bottom board and released in their home waters to rejoin their school. When the team or individual returns to the weigh masters station they must bring their camera or smartphone with the proper USB cable. One weigh master will download the pictures and then all of the team's pictures will be reviewed by two weigh masters to determine how many cards are warranted.
Wounded Warrior Anglers has developed this concept for tournament fishing to make the event more enjoyable and increase the ability for anyone to win. This original concept is the merger of the card game poker and a photo and release fishing tournament and is now known as "Redfish Poker." The Original "Redfish Poker" Fishing Championship will be an annual event on Memorial Day Weekend with an emphasis on raising funds for Wounded Warrior Anglers.
For information visit redfishpoker.eventbrite.com/ or call 423-620-9103.