[dropcap]W[/dropcap]e are proud to announce that our 26th Annual Inshore Fall Classic Fish- ing Tournament is just around the corner. Mark your calendars. On Friday 12 September, the mandatory Captain’s Meeting will be held at Break Awayz in Flagler Beach. It is located at 819 N. Oceanshore Blvd just south of the Flagler Pier. The meeting will begin with registration at 5:30pm and a late registration will take place at 7:30pm with a $5 additional charge. Entry fee is $50 per angler with a juvenile entry fee of $15. As always at the Captain’s meeting, there will be raffles and a silent auction with some great stuff donated by our sponsors.
The tournament begins on Saturday morning, 13 September and runs from 7am till 4:30pm. Anglers must check out at one of the following 4 locations between 7 and 8 am: Bing’s Landing, High Bridge, Herschel King Park or the ramp under the Rt. 100 Bridge. The weigh-in will be held at Herschel King Park between 3 and 4:30pm. Total payouts for this tournament based on 100 anglers are $4000. Trout, Redfish and Flounder are the three target species and there are 4 places for the largest legal fish in each category. 1st place pays $500, 2nd pays $400, 3d pays $200 and 4th pays $100, again, based on 100 paid entrants. There will also be a Flagler Slam which pays $400 and is determined by the angler that catches one of each of the tournament species and a Black Drum. The heaviest combined weigh of the 4 legal fish will win the Slam.
The beneficiary for this tournament is the Eli Foundation which supports families of children suffering from Childhood Leukemia. It is certainly a worthwhile charity and our club is proud to be able to support it. This is the club’s final tournament of the year that is open to the public and it is getting bigger and better every year.
For more information on this tournament, contact John Falter, tournament director, at (386) 446-2391 or visit our website at fcsportfishing.com.
In August, we held an all night club tournament which produced some big fish and a good time for our members.
Other club tournaments and activities in the works for the remainder of the year are a surf tournament, our annual picnic and swap-shop, a flounder and redfish tournament, a kayak tournament and our club Christmas Party to name a few. We are active as you can see and expect to be even more so next year.
The final point of interest for all is that the Flagler County Manatee Speed Zone ends on 7 September.
The Flagler Sportfishing Club’s regular monthly meetings are held at the Palm Coast VFW, Post 8696, 47 N. Old Kings Road in Palm Coast. Meetings begin promptly at 7:30pm on the first Tuesday of every month. As always, there will be a guest speaker that is a local fishing expert or offers expertise related to the sport of boating or conservation. The public is always invited and encouraged to attend the meetings.
For more information on the Flagler Sportfishing club, contact Bill May at email@example.com or see the club’s website at fcsportfishing.com.