Participants in Key Largo’s first annual Take Stock in Children Backcountry Challenge are to search for snook and redfish day or night throughout the Florida Keys Friday, Oct. 26 through Sunday, Oct. 28, raising funds for a statewide initiative to help improve the lives of Florida’s deserving low-income children.
Presented by the Rotary Club of Key Largo and sponsored by TIB Bank of the Keys, the angling competition is to be headquartered at Sundowners Restaurant, mile marker 104 bayside. Activities are to commence at 6 p.m. Friday, with a rules meeting and kickoff party. Beginning at 10 p.m., anglers are to head out in waters throughout Monroe County to catch, photograph and release the largest of either species, submitting their cameras and score sheets to the Sundowner’s score table no later than 4 p.m. Sunday.
On Sunday, a 6 p.m. cocktail hour precedes the event’s awards dinner. During the awards presentation, first-, second- and third-place finishers in snook and redfish categories are to be presented Waterford crystal bowls as trophies.
The non-profit Take Stock in Children organization provides low-income third- through ninth-graders with college and vocational scholarships and volunteer mentors, tutors and more. Since 1995, nearly 4,000 children in 53 counties throughout Florida have enrolled in the program. Entry to the backcountry tournament is $100 per angler, and social passes are available for $40 each.
For more information or to obtain an entry form, call tournament organizer Norm Whitla at (305) 451-5461.
To find out about area accommodations, call the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce at (800) 822-1088, (305) 451-1414 or visit the Florida Keys & Key West Web site at www.fla-keys.com.