ENGLEWOOD — With preparations underway for the second Lemon Bay Touchdown Club Fishing Tournament coming up on July 6, Jim Connaghan has been doing what he can to lend a hand.
“I’m there handing out fliers; (I’ve) collected donations and helped sign people up,” Connaghan said. “It’s starting to come together.”
The organizers — Connaghan, Dave Nelson, Tom Hinck and Dan Reigle — gathered last week to discuss sponsorships. It will be Connaghan’s first time helping to run the event.
Nelson said they’re hoping to get some more sponsors.
“We have a couple of entries (to the tournament),” Nelson said. “We usually have most of our people come the week before to see if conditions and schedules are clear.”
The tournament is scheduled for July 6 at Cape Haze Marina, 6950 Placida Road. Registration begins July 5 with the captains’ meeting.
The early registration entry fee is $350 per boat for up to four anglers, with a $50 fee for additional anglers. Fees are $400 per boat the day of tournament, which includes registration for up to four anglers. Registration for additional anglers is $50 each.
Winners can expect to take home an estimated $12,000 in rewards and payout, based on a minimum of 35 boats per divisions, according to tournament organizers.
Hinck said July weather is perfect for fishing.
“We wanted to have better weather and variety of fish with the gag and red grouper,” Hinck said. “We’ll also be taking advantage of the (Fourth of July) holiday weekend.”
A portion of the proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Lemon Bay High School football team.
For more information, go to http://www.lbtdclub.com/fishing.htm, or call 941-716-0442 or 239-398-4263.