Anglers from all over the state descend on Southwest Florida each spring to take part in the popular LCEC United Way Fishing Tournament.
The 21st tournament is scheduled for April 15 in Pine Island Sound, Charlotte Harbor and surrounding waters, which are some of Southwest Florida's best fishing locations.
The tournament has raised almost $400,000 for the United Way since it began in 1996. Anglers enjoy not only the fishing, but delicious food, prizes and other giveaways.
A retired 2009 LCEC?Ford Ranger truck will be given away in addition to a silent auction full of great catches from jewelry to theater tickets and complimentary stays on Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel Island.
The cost per person is $65 before April 12 and $75 thereafter. There is a student rate of $50 before April 12 and $55 thereafter. College students must have current college identification to qualify for this rate.
Anglers will be targeting snook, snapper, redfish and trout with awards to the top fish in each category plus the grand slam. Fishing starts at 7 a.m. with weigh-in at 3:30 p.m.
A mandatory captain's meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on April 14 at D & D Matlacha Bait & Tackle.
All participants receive a commemorative long-sleeve shirt and a delicious home-cooked barbecue. Meals for guests and non-anglers during the weigh-in for $5.
LCEC is grateful to employees, returning fishermen, vendors and local businesses for their continued support over the years.