I actually have two, yes you read it two fly fishing event in the Tampa area to tell you about. It is nothing major like and ICAST or a conclave but it is still a couple event I want to tell you about.
The first is this Saturday and the Captain’s meeting is this Friday. It’s a local redfish fly fishing tournament. Basically you go out and catch a couple reds on fly, take some photos and come back to the weigh in with the photos. No fish limit size since it’s a photo contest, so the bigger the better.
I fished it last year and I will be fishing this one as well. A no nonsense laid back tournament 100% payback $50/per team to enter. It was tough conditions last year. Tom of wanganchor and I took 2nd only caught one fish. Joe of Carbon Marine and John Wilson got first because their rat red was bigger than our rat red.
So if you are fishing it I’ll see you at the captain’s meeting.
RedFly #4 sponsored by Flint Creek Outfitters – Riverview
Friday at 6:00pm – Saturday at 4:00pm
|Location||13425 Fishhawk Blvd., Lithia, FL 33569|
-Saturday, November 6, 2010.
-Mandatory registration and captain’s meeting will be the night before (11/5/10) from 6:00-8:00 pm.
-Each team must bring their measuring device, to be approved by tournament officials, to the captain’s meeting on 11/5.
-This is a catch-photo-and-release tournament, largest two redfish by total combined inches (to the nearest ¼ inch) will win the tournament.
-Fly-fishing gear ONLY. No tipping, chumming, GULP! soaking, spin tackle, etc.
-Two-man teams may fish from a skiff, canoe, kayak, paddleboard, wade fishing, shoreline, dock, etc.
-Anglers can launch anywhere on the West Coast of Florida, but not prior to 6:30 am.
-Anglers MUST be at Flint Creek Outfitters NO LATER THAN 4:00 pm on 11/6. Anglers arriving at 4:01pm will be disqualified.
-Each two-man team must provide one digital camera with a clear memory card.
-The whole fish must be in the picture along with approved measuring device and tournament marker. Pictures that do not meet tournament requirements will not be counted.
-Redfish of ANY size can be measured.
-$50.00 entry fee per team. Fees MUST be paid at the captain’s meeting IN CASH.
-There will also be drawings for prizes and raffles at Flint Creek Outfitters during the weigh-in.
-Flint Creek Outfitters is located at 13425 Fishhawk Blvd., Lithia, FL 33569. 813-681-1888
2nd Local fly fishing event is “BIG GUN SHOOTOUT SET FOR NOVEMBER 21”
run by the Tampa Fly Fishing Club.
Sunday, November 21, 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Picnic Island Park, We will be at the first parking
area beyond the boat dock turnoffs.
This is an annual event in which our club hosts
surrounding clubs in a friendly competition of fly-casting
skills. There are five casting accuracy tests, including the
infamous Hanson cup, and one distance casting test. The
few contestants who manage a 100 ft. cast during the
regular competition are invited to compete in the final
event, a shootout for the top distance prize. Trophies are
awarded for individual and team (of 3) performances and
a great lunch
Since I’ve never been to this event I got synopsis sent to me via local fly fishing guide Byron Chamberlain
Just an FYI to all you fly fishers. The Tampa Bay Fly Fishing Club is hosting its annual Big Gun fly casting skills competition on November 21st at Picnic Island Park. This is a fun event that consists of a casting obstacle course and a distance event. Bring your friends to form a 3-man team to compete for bragging rights as the best casters in the Tampa Bay area. If you don’t have a team, come anyways, there are always others looking to join a team, and who knows, you may make a new friend and future fishing buddy. This is a great place to meet new people in the fly fishing scene. We consistently have casters that come as far away as Miami to compete in this event every year. Lunch and drinks are provided by the club. The event usually runs from 9am till about 2pm. Don’t be shy either…ALL skill levels are welcome.
Oh yeah I can’t forget I need to share some pretty photos for you to enjoy today 🙂