95 Anglers compete in 10th Annual Junior Flatsmasters Tournament
95 anglers competed in the Junior Flatsmasters Qualifier held on April 18th at the Laishley crab House. With one of the largest turnouts ever in the Jr. Flats the competition was tough among the young anglers.
The event kicked off with a Anglers Meeting on Friday night featuring a pizza party sponsored by Hungry Howie's Pizza and Pepsi. At the meeting of the anglers received a multitude of items including rod and Reel combos presented by Bimini Bay-Tsunami, Tackle boxes full of tackle sponsored by Downtown Bait & Tackle, a limited edition hat sponsored by Rapid Graphix and Sifrit & Dees Team- ReMax Anchor, along with other angler gifts sponsored by Laishley Marine, Power Pole, Mosaic Fertilizer. Each angler also received a limited edition Flatsmasters T Shirt presented by Charlotte County Ford, & Integrity Employee Leasing.
Saturday morning all the anglers checked in and were on the water at 7:30 anxious for a day of competition. A lot of great redfish were weighed -in and all the anglers were cheered on regardless of the size of their catch. Once the weigh-in was concluded our anglers and their captains were treated to a cookout sponsored by the Laishley Crab House. All of the anglers regardless of their catch were provided a 2015 Junior Flatsmasters Trophy presented by Ingman Marine. All of the fish were released after the weigh-in with special thanks to J & C Drydock Marine and Southern Oxygen & Welding for their help with the release boat and oxygen tanks.
The Top 2 anglers in each division will each receive a Reaper Fishing Rod and a Custom Junior Flatsmasters Finalist fishing jersey and move on to the Junior Flatsmasters Finals on May 3rd during the Wounded Warriors Tribute Tournament with the overall winner receiving the Ingman Marine Junior Flatsmasters Championship Trophy, a custom Reaper Rod engraved with their name and "2015 Junior Flatsmasters Champion" and a pair of Salt Life Sunglasses