The tournament kicks off with a captains meeting on Friday, June
17, at 5:30 p.m. and features a Taste of the Island menu. The tournament
will begin at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, June 18. The awards banquet on Sunday
will include entertainment by Dr. Dave, a fish fry beginning at noon and
loads of raffle and door prizes. Food will be provided by the Chiles Group
of restaurants, so bring a good appetite! Both events will be held at
the AMI Community Center.
This is a boat tournament and the registration will be closed after 175
teams have signed up. The first 50 entries will receive a 7-foot Start
Backwater fishing rod. There will be a permanent trophy located at the
Community Center as well as take home trophies for all 1st, 2nd and 3rd
place division winners.
Contestant catches will be scored on a combination of points per fish
and points per inch. For example a snook will score 25 points per fish
and 2 points per inch. Six fish may be weighed in. The team with the most
points will be declared the winner.
Snook, redfish, trout, tarpon and flounder must be released alive at the
time they are caught. Cameras and measuring boards will be provided to
each boat fishing in the inshore division. Photos must have the fish,
the measuring board, and the teams official registration number.
No dead fish will be accepted for weigh-in in the Inshore Division. All
fish must be at least minimum legal size.
On Saturday, each team must check-in with a tournament boat before beginning
fishing. Official boats will be located at Bean Point and Longboat Key.
Visual sighting of the teams assigned number as well as voice or
radio contact must be made. All teams are required to check-in between
6:30 A.M. and 8:30 A.M. Any team not able to check-in by 8:30 A.M. must
contact the Committee to be able to compete. The official designated tournament
radio channel is 72.
Two official weigh-in stations will be open from 4 P.M. until 8:30 P.M.
on Saturday, June 18, 2005. The weigh-in stations are at the Anna Maria
City Pier on the north end of Anna Maria Island, and the Mar Vista Restaurant
at the north end of Longboat Key. Teams must show official Tournament
registration (boat) numbers when weighing the fish. All boats must be
in the water to weigh-in fish. All boats must be at a weigh station and
recognized by the weigh master by 8:30 p.m. The Captains of each boat
must sign the official weigh-in sheet accepting the weight of his teams
catch. A complete listing of all rules and regulations will be provided
with each registration and will be covered at the Captains meeting
prior to the tournament.
The "Fishing the Islands Tournament" offers anglers a chance
to fish a well organized event while having fun and raising money for
a good cause. I look forward to seeing you there. If you have any questions
please contact Steve Bark 778-5900 or Bill Lowman 779-2838.