The weather was nowhere near perfect or cooperative this past weekend, but 36 boats still braved the waters at the Naples Contender Kingfish Classic.
The St. Petersburg-based boat “Four Mary’s,” comprised of captain Pete Tsourakis, Harry Thomas, Keith Thomas and Joel Zalud, took the top prize — a 21-foot Contender boat, a Yamaha engine and a trailer valued at $45,000 — after snagging a 39.33-pound fish.
The St. Petersburg boat “Team Pro Marine,” captained by Kevin Hannon, was second with a 37.41-pound fish, while the Naples boat “Mambo Kings,” captained by Alberto Abad with anglers Brandon Lawson and Josh Hatcher, finished third.
In the 23-feet-and-under class, the Naples boat “Team Wiltshire,” captained by Andrew Gunn, finished first, while “Fin-Addict,” with Tim Packard and Russ Jones, finished second.
The weather, though, did the tournament no favors. Anglers faced 6- to 8-foot waves as they took to the water, which forced the boats to travel slower to their fishing points and made the simple act of fishing more difficult.
“You can’t imagine,” John Zalud, one of the tournament coordinators, said. “Before I assumed this position with (the Southern Kingfish Association), I fished the circuit for seven years. It’s tough, tough on the equipment. You just use your equipment, use your body, you go for it and the best man wins.”
The last competition in SKA’s Division 11, comprised of Southwest Florida, is May 5-7 in Sarasota at the Contender Yamaha Loadmaster Suncoast Kingfish Tournament at City Island. For more information on that tournament, call Sandy Blowers at (941) 232-3474 or visit the tournament’s Web site at www.sertomassarasota.com.
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The Lee County Archers will hold their monthly 3D Archery Shoot at Nalle Grade County Park in North Fort Myers on Sunday, April 26. Signup lasts from 8 to 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun 9 a.m. start. The Lee County Archers will provide a roving field range of 20 3D target stations and a 14-station NFAA field course. A $10 shooting fee applies.
For more information, call Lee County Archers president Ben Brown at (239) 369-6212.
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The Coastal Conservation Association will hold its monthly fishing tournament Sunday starting at 7 a.m. at the Calusa Yacht Club and Marina. It will retain the same format — two redfish brought to the scales alive with an optional mystery fish. Registration begins Sunday at 6:15 a.m. The entry fee is $40 per boat with a $10 per boat mystery fish fee. Ramp fees are $10 and there will be one place paid for every group of five boats (one place for five boats, two places for 10, etc.).
For more information, call (239) 821-9203.