The fifth annual Pine Island Big Fin Shark Tournament, organized by the Bobby Holloway Memorial Fund, will take place Saturday, Aug. 9. Proceeds will be used to purchase new books for Pine Island Elementary School Library.
"We generally attract about 100 fishermen," Bobby Holloway Memorial Fund president Ernestine Squires said. "The event will kick off with the mandatory captains dinner at Pineland Marina at 4 p.m. on Saturday. This is an 'all night' fishing tournament that ends 8 a.m. Sunday morning."
At the dinner (barbecue), the rules will be explained and the anglers will take off, fishing all night for the largest bull shark and the largest blacktip shark.
"When they catch a shark, they call it in, Squires said. "If an angler catches say a 5-foot shark, they bring it in to be measured. But if a 5-foot shark has already been caught, they let it go."
The first "measure-in" will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday and the final measurement at 8 a.m. Sunday. Breakfast will be served at the marina at 8 a.m. Sunday.
Entry fees are $60 per angler whether from shore or on a boat. Boats with unregistered persons will be disqualified. All anglers receive a T-shirt, ramp pass, one parking pass, captains dinner and breakfast. Anglers can register right up until the start of the tournament.
The prize for the largest bull shark and the largest black tip shark is $1,000. The minimum bull shark size for the tournament is 5 feet from the nose to fork of the tail. The minimum black tip shark is 4 feet. Longest shark wins. In case of a tie, the first shark wins.
A tournament catch must be quickly "gutted" and thoroughly iced so that the shark can be passed along to food processors - if the angler desires.
Sharks must be caught with a rod and reel. Shooting sharks is illegal in Florida and all Florida fishing regulations apply. All decisions by the tournament director are final.
"The prize for the largest bull shark is sponsored by Wilbur Smith Law firm and the largest black tip shark sponsor is York Road Marine," Squires said. "This is just a simple shark tournament that is good old Pine Island fun. I hope everyone comes out and has a great time."
For additional information or to download the application form, please visit: www.hollowaytourney.org.