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Bert’s Redfish Challenge Sept. 6-7

August 28, 2013
by ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

The Fifth Annual Bert's Redfish Challenge will be held Friday, Sept. 6, and Saturday, Sept. 7, at Bert's Bar and Grill in Matlacha.

Teams of up to four anglers per boat will compete to land the two largest legal redfish.

"Last year's two winning fish totaled 13.26 pounds," said spokesman Jason Snyder. First place winners were "Yankee No Dooley and the Dandees"

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First place wins $1,200, second place wins $800, third place wins $500 and fourth place wins a free entry for next year's tournament.

"We will have a captains' meeting at Bert's at 6 p.m. on Friday to review the rules. One angler from each boat must be there for the meeting," said Snyder. "Anglers can register via Email at or call Jason Snyder at 349-1129. The entry fee is $300 per boat."

The fishing begins at 7 a.m. Saturday with weigh-in starting at noon and ends at 4 pm.

At 5 p.m. Saturday, the challenge winners will be announced, there will be a cast net raffle, a silent auction, 50/50 and a fish fry for the anglers.

Entertainment for the challenge is Friday, Marty Stokes and the Captiva Band, 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Sept. 7, Dogfish, 7:30 p.m.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the event will benefit Pine Island F.I.S.H. (Fellow Islanders Sending Help), an organization that assists local residents in need with transportation, medical supplies, rent payments, utility bills, medical bills, etc. It also provides relief to non-paid primary caregivers for up to four hours per week, and contact with homebound individuals by phone and home visits. Pine Island F.I.S.H. is the lead agency in the Pine Island "Basket Brigade" Program. F.I.S.H. is entirely free to those who need their assistance and is funded solely by donations.

"Over the last four years we have raised over $25,000 that was used to assist a local fire fighter with cancer, assist area firefighters in need , and to help Pine Island F.I.S.H. with expenses," Snyder said.



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