Each year during the first week in March, anglers assemble on the Pavilion Condominium and Boathouse Motel docks for the “Size Does Matter” fishing tournament.
This year fishermen (and two women) traveled from the West, Midwest and east coast for the event. Contestants compete for the largest three fish caught in nine categories: snook, sheepshead, trout, snapper, catfish, jack, ladyfish, whiting and porgy. The person with the most categories wins the traveling trophy. This year’s winner was Bob Brown of Santa Rosa, California.
This is the tournament’s ninth consecutive year, and it proved to be more challenging than previous years. Much to the dismay of the anglers, the fish caught were smaller in all categories. Fishermen blamed the warmer waters, strong winds, slack tides, the dredging of Collier Creek this past summer, etc.
The tournament concludes with a party at the Boathouse-Gazebo at sunset. Anglers and their spouses gather with food and drink to relive some of the past two days. Winners are announced and plans are finalized for the next year – a return to Marco and another memorable year.