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Catching a King:

May 17, 2012
Melissa Schneider - Editor ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The next leg of the third annual Blue Water Promotions' Saltwater Classic Kingfish Tournament, hosted by Nervous Nellie's, will be sweeping the shores of Fort Myers Beach Friday through Sunday, May 18 to 20. Local anglers are welcome to join in the tournament, which is expected to attract hundreds of anglers to the island that weekend.

Stephen DeAngelis, assistant manager of Nervous Nellie's, is eager to be on Team Ugly's, competing in this weekend's tournament. "I'm super excited to be hitting the water with Team Ugly's. We're expecting somewhere between 300 to 400 anglers during this offshore tournament. And, with the chance to win up to $20,000 in cash and prizes, we might have even more join the competition."

That's right. Teams have a chance to win up to $20,000 in cash and prizes during the tournament, presented by Yamaha and Contender Boats. It's certainly worth the chance of dropping in a few lines and catching a few monsters.

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The third annual Blue Water Promotions’ Saltwater Classic Kingfish Tournament will be hitting the shores of Fort Myers Beach this weekend, May 18 to 20. Local anglers are encouraged to join in on all the fishing fun. Photo courtesy SALTWATER CLASSIC SERIES

The festivities will kick off Friday, with Yamaha and Contender test rides given from the Snug Harbor Marina all day, followed by tournament registration later in the afternoon, and the mandatory Captain's Meeting later in the evening.

Anglers will compete either Saturday or Sunday (their choice) all day until weigh-in time, from 3 to 5 p.m., where the public is invited to watch and join in on the no-cost cash-prize raffle drawings.

An awards ceremony will be held Sunday, upstairs at Ugly's Waterside Bar, around 7 p.m.

Fact Box

Saltwater Classic Kingfish Tourney

Friday to Sunday, May 18 to 20

At Nervous Nellie's and Snug Harbour

Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Contender/Yamaha

test ride campaign (from Nellie's

Snug Harbour Marina)

Friday, 3 to 8 p.m.: Tourney registration

Friday, 7 p.m.: Mandatory Captain's Meeting

Saturday/Sunday 6 a.m.: Boat check-out

(from Nellie's Snug Harbour Marina)

Saturday/Sunday, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Offshore

fishing competition

Saturday/Sunday 3 to 5 p.m.: Weigh-ins, with

no-cost cash drawings for the public

Sunday, 7 p.m.: Awards ceremony at Ugly's

"The whole weekend is going to be a complete blowout. We encourage local anglers to compete in the competition. But, if you don't want to compete, we'll still have plenty of great things going on for you to enjoy ?live music, cash-prize raffles and more. It's going to be a really good, really fun time," Stephen said.

The King Mackerel "Weekend Warrior" division's (fishing either Saturday or Sunday) regular entry fee is $150 in advance, payable by check or credit card. If registering the day of the event, it's $175, by cash or credit card (no checks accepted day of the event).

On-site tournament registration opens at 3 p.m. Friday, May 18, and the official Captain's/Team Meeting starts at 7 p.m., at Nervous Nellie's (Snug Harbour Marina). Tournament registration closes at 8 p.m. that evening.

All competitors must complete a "Team Member Information Form" prior to start of competition.

All weighed fish must be caught with rod and manual reels during tournament competition hours and brought by boat to the scales. The fish must meet local, state and/or federal harvest guidelines. No augmented, altered or mutilated fish will be allowed. Weighed fish will become the property of the tournament's benefiting non-profit charity.

Also, all boats must have an operating VHF radio onboard. The Tournament will monitor VHF Channel 72 during Check-out and Check-in

If interested in joining the tournament, or for further details, visit Anyone interested in entering the competition may call Terry Adkins directly at 912-729-7216 or 1-800-KING-MAC (1-800-546-4622). Good luck!



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