Saturday the Matlacha Mariners held their annual fishing tournament and fish fry for its members. Thirty-five anglers turned out for the event. A relatively slow day fishing still brought in some good fish.
The weigh-in took place at Seven Seas Bait and Tackle across the street from Bert's. Martin Yaffey, Mariner's member conducted the weigh-in. Julian Gunnoe caught the biggest redfish at 6.32 pounds and 26 inches. Second place was won by Bob Bock with a trout weighing in at 2.64 pounds and 20 inches and Tony Rogers took third place.
"These events are successful because of the generosity of the local community," Larry Scharnberger said.
Julian Gunnoe shows off the winning fish.
In a few weeks the Mariners will help out the Matlacha Hookers with their annual fishing tournament to be held Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Olde Fish House Marina.
In November the Mariners will hold their Southwest Florida Blues Festival on Saturday Nov. 23 at Sun Splash in Cape Coral. All proceeds from this event goes back into the Pine Island Community.
On February 22nd the Mariners will hold their Seafood Festival and Car Show at Sun Splash in Cape Coral. This event will give everyone an opportunity to sample a variety of the best seafood southwest Florida has to offer. There will also be live music, crafts, and entertainment.
The Matlacha Mariners is a 501c (3) non-profit men's organization devoted to supporting the charities that help Pine Islanders in need.