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Matlacha Hookers’ 19th annual Fishing Tournament a success

November 15, 2017
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

Under sunny skies and with cool breezes blowing, the Matlacha Hookers hosted its annual fishing tournament to benefit Pine Island Elementary School Sunday morning, Nov. 5. The day started with the honor guard, the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of the National Anthem.

"Of course, the Pine Island Elementary Fishing Tournament is our biggest event and this is our 19th," Hookers Madam President Julia Simpson "Madam DouZie" said. "We start planning for this day about six months ago. It's all about supporting our children's education and our community.

"Hurricane Irma forced a one-month postponement but I'm very happy with the turnout," Simpson said. "It's still early and we have lots of people."

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The 1st Place Winner 4th & 5th grades was Joshua Hyde.


Fishing began early with the adult anglers starting at 7 a.m. and the 4th and 5th graders fishing from 8 a.m. til 9:30 a.m. Then the 2nd and 3rd graders fished from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. and the Kindergarten and 1st graders fished from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Every child fishing the derby received a fishing pole to keep, tournament T-shirt, special goody bag, lunch and drinks and a day of making memories to last a lifetime.

"The adults left early this morning," Simpson said. "We have $2,500 in cash prizes for the biggest redfish, trout, snook and slam."

The winners of the adult tournament:

Heaviest Snook - Team Tall Tails - Jessica Hendricks, Larry Hendricks, Daniel Hendricks & Jack Dean - 7.85 lbs. /26"

Heaviest Redfish - Team MOFLO - Bobby Ruggles, AJ Martin - 6.4 lbs. / 28"

Heaviest Trout - Team Fisch - Alex Fischer, Kai Streeter, Casey Streeter, Jordan Suchomel- 3.75 lbs. / 23.5"

Heaviest Slam - Team Fisch - Alex Fischer, Kai Streeter, Casey Streeter, Jordan Suchomal 16.25 lbs.

The winners of the children's tournament:

4th & 5th Grade Winners

1st place Joshua Hyde - w/total of 7.8 (4th grade)

2nd place Sofia March - w/total of 7.1 (not PIE)

3rd place Lily Moreau - w/total of 4.5 (5th grade)

2nd & 3rd Grade

1st place Angela Davis - w/total of 9.2 (2nd grade)

2nd place Mason Martin - w/total of 8.7 (3rd grade)

3rd place Jayci Shaw - w/total of 5.5 (not PIE)

Kindergarten & 1st Grade

1st place Aaliya Swenson - w/total of 4.5 (kdg)

2nd place Landon Cammilleri - w/total of 3.8 (1st)

3rd place John Patrick Lambert - w/total of 3.4 (kdg)

The biggest fish was a catfish weighing 2.2 lbs and Lily Moreau took that trophy (5th).

The Principal's Award went to Samantha Sabella with a catch of barnacle rope weighing 0.2 (4th)

"The fishing tournament was a great day," Principal Steve Hook said. "The weather was spectacular and everyone in attendance had a great time. The Matlacha Hookers go above and beyond to make this event special for children, fisherman and the Island Community. To see the joy on our students faces as they land a fish, win a prize or just enjoying making hats and painting shirts makes it all worthwhile. Taking a pie in the face was well worth it. The hooker's support of our kids is special."



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