[fcb-l] 1st Annual SWFCB Blind Fishing Tournament!
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Thu Jan 5 22:10:21 EST 2012
this is wonderful and if I my husband and I were fisher folks, we would love to come down there from Deltona and join in. You are doing such a Good job.
Donna from Deltona
From: Michael Ullrich
Sent: Thursday, January 05, 2012 7:00 PM
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Cc: rncpopp at embarqmail.com ; Paul Smith
Subject: [fcb-l] 1st Annual SWFCB Blind Fishing Tournament!
The SWFCB will be having their 1st Annual Blind Fishing Tournament on Saturday April 28, 2012.
It will be based out of the Old Pine Island Marina, 3187 Stringfellow Rd. St. James City, Florida. At the south end of Pine Island, west of Fort Myers Florida.
This is an inshore slam, the team with the biggest Snook, Redfish and Sea Trout will win top prizes.
Each team will consist of a Sighted Captain, the owner and operator of the boat. A sighted mate or helper, and a blind angler. Both the Sighted Mate and the Blind Angler pay a $25.00 entry fee that goes directly to the Sighted Captain, who is a volunteer, to help defray the high cost of fuel. So you don’t have to know someone with a boat to compete. We have a pool of sighted Captains with boats! The same thing goes for having a sighted mate or helper, we will have a pool of sighted mates too.
The one thing, and this is important, you must be comfortable in a boat. These boats can range from 18 feet long to maybe 26 feet. So make sure you’ve got a good set of Sea Legs!
The actual fishing time will be from 8:00 am until when all teams must be back at Old Pine Island Marina at exactly 1:00 pm!
After the judging and the winners are declared, we will present the winning team with prizes. So far, I've gotten a pair of Shimano Symmetry 3000 FJ spinning reels along with a pair of Shimano seven and a half foot Clarus Medium power, fast action spinning rods. About a $200.00 rod and reel combo! Some very nice stuff! To go to the Sighted Mate and the Blind Angler. I am still trying to procure, for the winning team’s sighted Captain, a donated $200.00 fuel gift card from area gasoline vendors.
I will also try to get other donated prizes, it'd be nice to see many go home with a prize!
After the prize presentation, we are having a cookout for all the team members! I'm almost locked into someone roasting a wild hog for us! YUM!
I do expect a lot of blind people coming out for the cookout and such.
We are also having a blind art auction.
I'm trying to get a local band, The Yard Dogs, to come out and play some good old fashioned "Swamp Music"! This band Rocks! Southern style that is! They play a mix of Zydeco and Southern Rock! Way cool!
I've also lined up Classic Rock 94.5 to come out with their goody van. Here's your chance to get some free swag!
I am also going to try to get some fishing magazines to cover this thing. We might do a thing were the sighted Fishing team Captains must put on blindfolds and use a White Cane to make their way around after they get the boat in. I would love to get the media to interview these blindfolded captains and get their reactions on camera! Maybe even have them cross the street, with a blind instructor walking along side and coaching them!
The main thing I want to accomplish is to get blind people out there fishing and having a great time! Also to show John Q Public that we blind people can do anything except drive a car, legally that is! LOL!
Oh yeah! And fly a plane too! Anybody heard anything about a Google plane for the blind yet?
So this promises to be a good time to be had by all!
If anyone is interested in coming round these parts, to have a real blast and possibly go home with some nice fishing swag, give me a call or shoot me an email!
I might be able to get some kind of a deal for lodging. So I need an idea of how many people would be coming from out of this area.
Thanks, Ouch, now that's, where that darn hook went!...Mike
Michael D. Ulrich
Southwest Florida Council of the Blind
"Providing Insight for Blindness"
1st Annual Blind Fishing Tournament!
Saturday April 28, 2012!
Old Pine Island Marina
3187 Stringfellow Rd.
St. James City, Fl.
Home phone: 239-540-7431
Cell phone: 239-565-5845
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