Fort Myers, FL, Oct. 20, 2023 ‒ The 20th Annual Calusa Blueway Kayak Fishing Tournament returns to Lee County on Saturday, Nov. 11, with proceeds benefitting the Candlelighters of Southwest Florida, a charity that supports children with cancer or blood disorders and their families.
The tournament is a family fun event that features door prizes, raffles, food, and silent auctions from noon to 4 p.m. on the day of the competition. It is organized by Gulf Coast Kayak and hosted by Scotty’s Bierworks.
Event registration is open now and additional information can be found at FishDonkey.com.
Prizes include $1,000 for 1st place, $500 for 2nd place, $250 for 3rd place and $100 for the longest snook, trout, or redfish. A Surf 9 Nautica Adventure iSUP (value $500) is the wildcard prize.
“I’m really excited that Gulf Coast Kayak wants to organize the tournament again this year,” said Mike Hammond, Calusa Blueway Coordinator. “They lost their launch and shop but know how important this tournament is for local anglers, the community, and the Candlelighters of Southwest Florida.”
All fishing will be catch, photo and release using the FishDonkey app. Anglers must fish from paddlecraft on Lee County waterways. The tournament will begin at safe light. Weigh-ins will be at Scotty’s Bierworks noon to 3 p.m. Weigh in updates will be posted on Calusa Blueway Kayak Fishing Tournament’s Facebook Live page.
The mandatory captain’s meeting and registration is 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at Scotty’s Bierworks, 901 East Industrial Circle, in Cape Coral.