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LCEC fishing tourney to raise money for United Way

April 18, 2018
By MEGHAN McCOY ( , Pine Island Eagle

Registration is open for the 22nd annual LCEC United Way Fishing Tournament.

The benefactor for the tournament has always been United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties.

The 22nd annual LCEC United Way Fishing Tournament will take place Saturday, April 21, at D&D Matlacha Bait and Tackle. It is $65 per angler before Wednesday, April 18, and $75 thereafter. Students (with valid student identification) are also welcomed to join the tournament for $50 before Wednesday, April 18, or $55 thereafter.

A captain's meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, April 20, also at D&D Matlacha Bait and Tackle.

The tournament also pays out for the grand slam, usually $600, which is the heaviest combined weight of a snook, red fish, trout and snapper.

Anglers put their lines in the water at 7 a.m. the day of the tournament and have to be at D&D Matlacha Bait & Tackle for weigh in by 3 p.m.

In addition to the tournament, the event also includes a big barbecue, silent auction and raffles.

Five dollar donations are requested from the public who wish to enjoy some barbecue.

The big ticket raffle item this year is a 2002 Ford F150 4x4 automatic with 86,000 miles. Some of the Ford options includes new tires, chrome wheels, A/C and bed cover. Raffle tickets are $5 each, or six for $25.

There are other raffles with items ranging from $49 to $100 ($1 for one, or $6 for $5) and from $100 to $400 ($5 a ticket).

The silent auction includes such items as a beautiful original painting donated by Hillary Hemmingway, stays at various places, iPad and baskets. The auction will open at the captain's meeting Friday night and conclude after the weigh in and award ceremony.

For more information about registration, sponsorships and raffles visit , email, or call (239) 656-2122.



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