A change of venue was just the thing the Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary Club Fantasea Fishing Tournament needed, according to club member John Mead. The ninth tournament is going to be held at 5 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Englewood Event Center 3069 S. McCall Road.
“I think we’re the first event (after its renovation),” Mead said. “From what I’ve heard, it’s a real nice remodeling job they’ve done.”
The center has been under a series of renovations, according to director Scott Barber.
“The renovations are coming along great,” Barber said. “They aren’t fully complete yet, just phase one. We’re working on it still. We’re proud of it and it looks fantastic.”
The tournament was previously held at the Elks Lodge.
“The change of venue is nice, because it was starting to get stagnant,” said Bryan McDaniel, chairperson of the event.
Mead said the tournament is unlike any other fishing tournament since it’s held indoors.
“It’s one of a kind,” McDaniel said. “We have fishing poles with magnets. The fish have a bar code and we keep track of it electronically.”
McDaniel said prizes will be awarded the top three places based on aggregate scoring. Entry is $125, which includes dinner and entertainment.
“We also have a third round of fishing and it will be an extra charge,” McDaniel said. “The entry for the third round is $20. We also do a 50/50 for smallest aggregate weight. It’s called the Calcutta.”
McDaniel said he anticipates up to 200 fisherman participating.
“We’ll try to have more prizes,” he said. “We’ll (also) try to have more cash prizes. We have $6,000 in cash prizes.”
McDaniel said there will be a silent auction and entertainment will be provided by Torched, a Fort Myers-based band.
“We’re happy they’ve chosen us to host the fishing tournament,” Barber said. “It will be fun, good food and entertainment.”
All proceeds benefit Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary charities. For more information, visit http://www.lemonbaysunriserotary.com , or call 941-270-3129.