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May 8, 2013
Pine Island Eagle

Church of God of Prophecy: May 11

Church of God of Prophecy is having their chicken dinner on Saturday, May 11 from 3-6 p.m. The church is located at 15146 Stringfellow Road in Bokeelia. Call 283-2128 for take out.

Trip to Seminole Casino: May 22

The Pine Island Elks Lodge will be the meeting and departure site for a trip to the Seminole Casino in Immoka-lee on Wednesday, May 22. The will board the bus in the Elks' parking lot at 9:45 a.m. and return at approximately 6:30 in the evening. Tickets are $30 which includes $30 in free slot play and a $5 food voucher. Join us for a fun bus ride full of games and drawings. You could be a big winner before you even get to the casino.

For reservations and information, call Deanna Martell at 239-822-5634. Everyone welcome.

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 or call 423-620-9103.

Memorial Day celebration at Woody's Waterside: May 27

On Monday May 27, Memorial Day, Woody's Waterside at 3051 Stringfellow Rd. in St. James City will host the "5th Annual Pien Island All American Memorial Day BBQ and Picnic and Canned Food Drive," featuring Yard Dog Charlie and special guest Kip Lawrence from 2-5 p.m. For 10 years from 2002-2012, Charlie and Kip along with Brian Travis formed the legendary Yard Dogs. They will revive some of the old Swampy tunes along with some new ones. There will be Woody's world famous pig roast along with drink and food specials.

Come out and help us remember those who have given their lives in the service of our country. It is the ultimate sacrifice.

Woody's will also be collecting canned foods, toothpaste, soap, etc., in conjunction with FISH Fest to benefit the Pine Island Food Pantry.

This Memorial Day also marks the 5th anniversary of Charlie performing Mardi Gras Mondays at Woody's. Mardi Gras Mondays, as they are called, have grown into a weekly event attended by people from all over the world.

For additional information, call Woody's at 239-283-5555, or visit or

Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce: July 13 and 14

MangoMania 2013 will be held July 13th & 14th at the German American Social Club.

If you would like to participate in MangoMania as a vendor or volunteer, please contact Welcome Center Director Jennifer Jennings at 283-0888 or



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