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Fishing Report for Homosassa, Florida

Capt. Mike Locklear
October 3, 2007
Homosassa - Saltwater Fishing Report

There is not a better way for a fisherman to give than to give to this charity this Saturday, October 6th. At MacRae's on the Homosassa River, a fundraiser for "special needs children fishing tournament" will unveil as the First Annual Fishing Challenge Catch and Release Tournament.

The Homosassa Guides Association(HGA), Pro-Line Boats and BrightHouse Networks are main sponsors for the Family Resource Coalition(FRC) whom is hosting the Tournament.

Aside from the tournament, Capt. Jim Long, HGA President and co-coordinator of the event with 14 HGA members will be on hand to take children with autism fishing for a half day; courtesy of each guide.

After fishing, the children will return around noon time (MOL) and will be greeted by former tennis star Andre Agassi. That is right folks, perhaps the most loved man from the U.S. Open will fly in for an appearance. Hopefully he will like it here and want to stay and spend more time with the children on Saturday.

Andre has his own foundation and has really made a difference in many a child's life. He is quoted here from his web site. "I have been very blessed and had many opportunities available to me," said Agassi. "Children today face so many obstacles. If I can make a positive impact on at least one child's life, then it has all been worthwhile."

TV fishing show host, Capt. Bill Miller of Tampa will be in town to fish and emcee the winners and help with the cash and prizes for largest redfish, trout and snook. Legal size redfish and trout, I believe, count towards grand champion, in total inches. Each fishing team will have a camera and measuring board to record all the data

Later in the day around 5:00-6:00 P.M. Capt. Long and the guides will put on their cooking hats to whip up a farm raised fish fry with all the trimmings and hushpuppies. I hope they remember to bring the bacon and guava jelly!

Participation is expected to good for the first time that the two Jims' have put together a fishing tournament of this magnitude. They have had a lot of help from many volunteers who remain behind the scenes. Still they need about 50 more boats to enter between today and Saturday to meet their monetary goal of 100 boat entries.

If my math is right they are hoping to raise at least $15,000. Some of the folks I have spoken to are not fishing the tournament but are stroking the ink pen with their John Henry with a sizable doantion.

The really cool thing is that you can arrive the morning of the event to fish, but the committee would prefer you attend the captains meeting beginning at 6:00 P.M. at MacRae's on Friday, October 5. Jim Stine will be at the big white tent next to the Tiki Bar(The Shed) of MacRae's at 6:00 A.M. on tournament day.

Time of departure is safe light. The weigh-in time was not available at press time. I heard from anywhere from 1-4 P.M.

There is not a better way for a fisherman to give than to give to this charity this Saturday, October 6th. At MacRae's on the Homosassa River, a fundraiser for "special needs children fishing tournament" will unveil as the First Annual Fishing Challenge Catch and Release Tournament.

The Homosassa Guides Association(HGA), Pro-Line Boats and BrightHouse Networks are main sponsors for the Family Resource Coalition(FRC) whom is hosting the Tournament.

Aside from the tournament, Capt. Jim Long, HGA President and co-coordinator of the event with 14 HGA members will be on hand to take children with autism fishing for a half day; courtesy of each guide.

After fishing, the children will return around noon time (MOL) and will be greeted by former tennis star Andre Agassi. That is right folks, perhaps the most loved man from the U.S. Open will fly in for an appearance. Hopefully he will like it here and want to stay and spend more time with the children on Saturday.

Andre has his own foundation and has really made a difference in many a child's life. He is quoted here from his web site. "I have been very blessed and had many opportunities available to me," said Agassi. "Children today face so many obstacles. If I can make a positive impact on at least one child's life, then it has all been worthwhile."

TV fishing show host, Capt. Bill Miller of Tampa will be in town to fish and emcee the winners and help with the cash and prizes for largest redfish, trout and snook. Legal size redfish and trout, I believe, count towards grand champion, in total inches. Each fishing team will have a camera and measuring board to record all the data

Later in the day around 5:00-6:00 P.M. Capt. Long and the guides will put on their cooking hats to whip up a farm raised fish fry with all the trimmings and hushpuppies. I hope they remember to bring the bacon and guava jelly!

Participation is expected to good for the first time that the two Jims' have put together a fishing tournament of this magnitude. They have had a lot of help from many volunteers who remain behind the scenes. Still they need about 50 more boats to enter between today and Saturday to meet their monetary goal of 100 boat entries.

If my math is right they are hoping to raise at least $15,000. Some of the folks I have spoken to are not fishing the tournament but are stroking the ink pen with their John Henry with a sizable doantion.

The really cool thing is that you can arrive the morning of the event to fish, but the committee would prefer you attend the captains meeting beginning at 6:00 P.M. at MacRae's on Friday, October 5. Jim Stine will be at the big white tent next to the Tiki Bar(The Shed) of MacRae's at 6:00 A.M. on tournament day.

Time of departure is safe light. The weigh-in time was not available at press time. I heard from anywhere from 1-4 P.M.

For more info call 866.506.5437 or go to frc4kids.org/

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