Powder Puff tourney set for June 17 and 18
Ladies are invited to wet their lines for an all-women fishing tournament to be held Friday and Saturday, June 17-18.
Woody’s Sports Center’s Ladies Powder Puff Fishing Tournament features two divisions: A professional-amateur division, for anglers fishing with guides, and an amateur division, for anglers who forego that service.
Ladies fishing in the proam division may take part in Calcutta-style bidding, with money raised from the auction going to the winner’s pot.
Tournament rules require that lady contestants catch the fish on a rod and reel and must hook and retrieve the fish. Men may cast, run the boat, net the fish and serve refreshments to the anglers.
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 commemorative gift package. Folks can register in person at 5 p.m. on June 17, on the back deck at Woody’s Sports Center, 136 W. Cotter St. A catered 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 will be reviewed at the contestants’ meeting at 7 p.m. following the party. Rules may be altered at the meeting, so it’s advisable for at least one team member to be present.
Calcutta bidding begins immediately following the contestant meeting Friday night. The Calcutta purse will be awarded to the top three teams of the overall (three species) qualifiers.
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.
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 pro-am 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 or more information.