Powder Puff fishing tourney starts Friday
Gear up, ladies!
Registration for the 26th annual Woody’s Powder Puff Fishing Tournament begins tomorrow, Friday, June 19, and fishing will commence early Saturday, June 20.
The tournament for women only features two divisions. The professional division includes anglers who fish with a guide, and the amateur division is for anglers who forego that service.
The rules require that lady contestants catch the fish on a rod and reel. The contestant must hook and retrieve the fish. Men may cast, run the boat, net the fish and serve refreshments to the anglers. In previous years, women were required to cast. Anglers will be fishing for redfish, hardhead, speckled trout, flounder and black drum. All women on the boats must be registered contestants.
Each angler paying the $75 entry fee will receive a Powder Puff t-shirt and tote. Folks can register in person at 5 p.m. on June 19, on the back porch at Woody’s Sports Center, 136 W. Cotter St. A registration party will begin at 5 p.m. next door to Woody’s at the Back Porch bar. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.
Rules and regulations will be reviewed at the contestants’ meeting at 7 p.m. following the party. Late registration will be the following morning at Woody’s, until 6:30 a.m.
Fishing will begin at 6:30 a.m. Saturday.
Deadline for weighing in is 3 p.m. at the Fred Rhodes Pavilion in Roberts Point Park. Anglers must be inside the pavilion and in line, with their fish, at that time. Weigh-in will begin at 2 p.m.
An awards presentation will be after the weigh-in. Trophies will be awarded for the overall winner and winners in the individual species categories of redfish, flounder, drum, hardhead and speckled trout.
A trophy also will be awarded for the best hard-luck story. The stories will be told at the pavilion after weigh-in.
Whether fishing in the professional or amateur division, women may fish in teams of one to four people. The team with the heaviest stringer of three eligible species will be the division winner. Measuring the lengths of the three species will break ties.
Anglers may put together their heaviest three species for a stringer to be submitted for weigh-in and a chance at becoming the overall winner.
Call Woody’s Sports Center at 749- 5252 or visit www.woodysonline.com for a copy of the rules and regulations or more information.