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Date of Issue: March 17, 2005

Fishing
Supersize sea trout
Lewis Singleton, 6, from Rochester, England, caught this 24-inch-long spotted sea trout while fishing with Capt. Justin Moore last week.
Click on image to enlarge

Fishing tourney this weekend

Don't forget the Eighth Annual De Soto Fishing Tournament is coming up with a captain's meeting at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, at the Bradenton City Center-Municipal Auditorium, followed by a party and with offshore fishing to start after the meeting.

Inshore and nearshore action will commence at 6:30 a.m. Sept. 11 with a shotgun start at the mouth of the Manatee River. Weigh-in will be at the Bradenton Yacht Club beginning at 11 a.m. Sept. 12.

There will be offshore, nearshore and inshore divisions, and cash awards at $5,000 for first place awarded in each, as well as lesser prizes for other place-winners.

Entry fees are set at $275 for inshore, $400 for nearshore, and $500 for offshore boats through Sept. 6; an additional $50 will be added for registrations after that date.

The fundraising event by sponsoring Hernando De Soto Historical Society Inc. benefits a host of other agencies, including college scholarships.

For more information about the fishing tourney, call 747-1998.

What with Hurricane Frances looming or crashing against the Island for much of last week, fishing reports were scattered, although the outlook for good snook and redfishing continues in the bays and, for those willing to try to get outside, grouper and snapper action should be good in the Gulf of Mexico.

Good luck and good fishing.

Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year fishing guide. Call him at 779-9607 to provide a fishing report. Prints and digital images of your catch are also welcome and may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to news@islander.org. Please include identification for persons in the picture along with information on the catch and a name and phone number for more information. Snapshots may be retrieved once they appear in the paper.

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