The 16th Annual Bobby Holloway Jr. Fishing Tournament will be held at Pineland Marina Saturday, March 29.
"Please note that registration fees for the 'Little Bobbers' have been reduced," Elsie Stearns said. "For the adult anglers, the registration fee is the same as last year - $300. However, the 'Little Bobbers' has been reduced to $200."
The "Little Bobbers" captain's meeting will be held Tuesday, March 25, at Stonegate Bank at 6 p.m. Mel's Mullet Wagon will provide kids and parents with dinner sponsored by Stonegate Bank.
"At the meeting, the captains will receive their bucket of goodies, their meal ticket and rules and regulations about the tournament," Stearns said. "The kids will have the opportunity to meet the captains and pick their team name, learn how to cast a net and use a fishing rod, as well as learn about the different fish during the meeting. Also, Ernestine Holloway Squires will also talk about her son Bobby to carry on his memory."
The regular anglers captains meeting is Friday, March 28, at Monroe Canal. Woody's Waterside is providing the food.
The first place adult winners will receive $1,250 (sponsored by Stearns Custom Builders), the second place winner will receive $750 (sponsored by York Road Marina), the third place winner will receive $500 (sponsored by Goldberg, Racila, D'Allessandro and Noone), the fourth place winner will receive $350 (sponsored by Southern Tradition Bushhog and Mowing) and the fifth place winner will receive free entry for next year's tournament (sponsored by Monroe Canal).
If You Go:
What: 16th Annual Bobby Holloway Annual Tournament
When: Saturday, March 29
Where: Pineland Marina, 13921 Waterfront Drive, Pineland
Entry fee: $300 per four anglers, $50 each additional angler
Captains meeting: Friday, March 28, 7 p.m., at Monroe Canal Marina, 5551 Sunset Lane, St. James City.
The tournament is named after Bobby Holloway, a Pine Island youth who lost his life in a hunting accident when he was 11 years old. Like many youngsters, Bobby loved sports and the outdoors, especially boating and fishing.
"He was a very thoughtful and considerate boy," Bobby's mother, Ernestine Holloway Squires, said. "When the accident occurred, so many people came together to make the first Bobby Holloway Fishing Tournament happen. The first tournament was so many of Bobby's friends and their families. It's grown so much in 16 years.
"I know it sounds like a clich' but we really want to make a difference," Squires said.
"We want our kids involved in sports, or karate or fishing to keep them on track, that's what we are all about," she said. "If we're bugging you for more stuff, it's because we want more money to give out. The funds go back to our youth on the island for many things including for soccer camp, baseball camp or swimming lessons. We also try to get more parents involved with their children."
A large portion of the profits from the annual tournament provides funds for the Bobby Holloway Jr. Memorial Scholarship. Stearns said they have provided more than $114,000 in scholarships to those continuing their education over the past nine years.
The shotgun start for the adult division will be at 7:30 a.m., near marker 10 in Darling Key in Pineland Channel March 29. The mandatory check-in is no later than 8:30 a.m. with the tournament director. All boats must be back at the docks no later than 3:30 p.m. for the weigh-in. Little Bobber rules vary please contact any Holloway board member.
For more information, call Ernestine at 239-281-8225, Ralph at 239-283-2918 or Chris at 239-344-6159. Information is also posted on their website at www.hollowaytourney.org.