The first public fishing tournament series in Southwest Florida will end after 23 years on Fort Myers Beach this weekend.
Officials of The Caloosa Tournament Series, which began in 1989, will hold The Caloosa Grand Finale at Pink Shell Beach Resort & Spa on Nov. 2 and 3, 2012.
Founder Ron Riley said he has "many other doors that are opening to him." He, along with his daughter, Kristi, still have plans for fishing tournaments such as Grouper Grab and Chix-N-Stix.
The Finale will again provide anglers of every skill level the opportunity to compete for cash, prizes and trophies and welcome families and friends to stay and enjoy the destination resort with a family-friendly tournament weekend.
"We are going to drive this tournament at Pink Shell to the point it once was 23 years ago," said Riley, who announced there will be no qualification, yet the field will be limited to 50 paid teams with no exceptions.
"The tournament that led the market since 1989 will close as it began ... with a high pay-out, open bars, high end gear and fantastic food at a great location and the last chance to celebrate 23 great years," he stated through an emailed release.
The tournament purse promises $10,000 of guaranteed money, including $5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place and $1,500 for third. A Redfish Bonanza payout is also $10,000 ($5,000 -first place, $3,000 second, $2,000 for third, etc.).
The Caloosa Tournament Series began at the 'Tween Waters Inn and moved to South Seas Island Resort in Captiva. Pink Shell has hosted series' tournaments for roughly six years.
Go to website www.caloosacatchandrelease.com for more information on the tournament like highlights, rules, hours and all other information pertinent to the event.