RUSKIN – The South Shore Anglers is offering anyone with a fishing pole the chance to win some big prizes and help sick kids at the same time.
The club will host the 2013 Robbie Armstrong Redfish Tournament Oct. 4-5.
“The entry fee is only $25 per person,” said spokesman Steve Hoffman. “We want as many folks as possible to come out and fish to benefit the 1Voice Foundation’s pediatric cancer school at USF.”
Tournament proceeds will be used to buy iPads for children receiving treatment at the center, he said.
“We’ve agreed to buy all of the iPads from Target, which is donating a 42-inch flatscreen TV as one of our raffle prizes,” Hoffman continued. “Our goal is to raise $9,000.”
Last year the tournament raised $6,000, which was donated to LifeCare of SouthShore for ultrasound equipment. And in 2011, $7,000 went to the family of Robbie Armstrong, a Brandon resident who died after being hit by a drunk driver while he was working in a construction zone on Interstate 75. The tournament – previously called the South Shore Anglers Redfish Tournament – was renamed for Armstrong.
Since its inception in 2008, the 300-member club has sponsored four fishing tournaments every year to benefit charitable causes. Recipients have included A Kid’s Place in Brandon, the Bloomingdale Library attack survivor, the Big Give in Ruskin and a South Shore couple who lost their home to fire.
This year’s tourney begins Oct. 4 with the captains meeting at 7 p.m. at Sunset Grill, 611 Destiny Drive, Ruskin, and fishing starts immediately afterward anywhere on Tampa Bay. The weigh-in will take place Oct. 5 at 3 p.m. at the Little Harbor Marina in Ruskin.
Winners will be determined solely by length of the fish. All redfish must be caught by hook and line and documented digitally with a date stamp. Judging will be done by the Coastal Conservation Association.
The first-place winner last year caught a 39.5-inch redfish.
Tournament prizes include a $9,000, three-seat golf cart from Ron’s Golf Carts in Davenport and a weekend getaway at the Dream Inn at Anna Maria Island.
Kids younger than 15 get to fish free in the children’s division, which has its own prizes.
The event will include food, beverages and entertainment, plus an additional drawing for the TV, a Bud Light patio umbrella, scuba certification from Jim’s Dive Shop in St. Petersburg, Beanie’s gift certificates, a $600 spa treatment package from Planet Beach and lots more. Tickets are $1 and $5.
You don’t have to participate to help. To make a donation for the iPads, visit https://www.facebook.com/1VoiceFoundation, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (813) 545-9988.