RUSKIN – For the fourth year, a local women’s shelter is offering fishing fanatics and golf gurus an opportunity to indulge their hobbies while raising funds for a good cause.
Registration is underway for the annual Hook ‘n’ Sink Fishing & Golf Tournament from March 28 to 30.
“This is an event that will help us continue to raise funds to help homeless and abused women and their children at Mary & Martha House,” said Laurie Herring, event director and program resource specialist for the residential shelter. “It’s one of our largest and most popular fundraisers because it incorporates two favorite pastimes in South Shore – fishing and golfing.”
The three-day event will kick off Friday, March 28, at 7 p.m. with a party and captains’ meeting at The Resort & Club at Little Harbor’s Sunset Grill, 611 Destiny Drive, Ruskin.
“Registrants for the fishing or golf tournaments get in free but anyone is welcome to attend the party for a donation at the door,” Herring said.
Sponsored by Fifi’s Fine Resale Apparel of Apollo Beach, the party will include hors d’oeuvres, drinks, music, raffles, a 50/50 drawing and silent auction. Party-goers will have an opportunity to bid on a variety of silent auction items that Herring’s committee has collected from businesses throughout the year, including tickets to Walt Disney World, weekend getaways and gourmet wine baskets.
Participants in the catch-and-release fishing tournament will head to the Sunset Grill at 7 a.m. Saturday, March 29, to check in before casting their lines, starting at 7:30.
The cost to participate in the fishing tournament, sponsored by Payant Financial Services of Sun City Center, is $65 for adults and $25 for children up to age 11, which includes a boxed lunch, admission to the kick-off party and admission to the post-tournament awards banquet. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
“It’s a very family-friendly event,” Herring said. “The tournament is set up so even novice anglers can win.”
Armed with digital cameras to photograph their catches, teams of anglers will be scored based on the species of fish they’re able to hook. Teams will be awarded 100 points for hard-to-catch fish like tarpon, cobia and shark and 25 to 50 points for more common species such as trout, pompano and catfish.
After a day of fishing, anglers will check in at the Sunset Grill by 4 p.m. The tournament winners will be announced at an awards banquet at 4:30, where they’ll receive cash awards. Winners of the 50/50 drawings and raffles will also be announced.
The three-day fundraiser will conclude Sunday, March 30, with a golf tournament at Cypress Creek Golf Club, 1011 Cypress Village Blvd., Ruskin.
Check-in begins at 11 a.m. and the tournament will get underway with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.
The cost of $75 per person or $300 per foursome includes admission to the kick-off party and an awards banquet following the tournament.
“This tournament isn’t only for pros,” said Herring. “We’re looking for everyone to come out and have a good time.”
To register for any of the events, visit the fundraiser’s website or call Herring at (813) 641-7027.
D’Ann Lawrence White is a freelance writer who can be reached at [email protected]