Saturday, October 24, 2020

Welcome to the Marco Sportfishing Club

Dave 'Seaweed' Totos at the October 7 meeting with his table of goodies in preparation for the annual Redfish V tournament held Oct. 15-16.

Dave ‘Seaweed’ Totos at the October 7 meeting with his table of goodies in preparation for the annual Redfish V tournament held Oct. 15-16.

The Marco Sportfishing Club is a social club which promotes backwater and gulf fishing camaraderie, tips, contests, fishing trips and tournaments. The club is non-profit, non-commercial, and meets the first Thursday of the month at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island.

President Pete Arcidiacono runs a structured meeting incorporating lots of laughter, fun, and education regarding fish and fishing in southwest Florida. There are approximately 150-200 members. During the season most of the members attend these monthly meetings.

At www.marcosportfishingclub.com, information abounds. For example, topics, such as “What’s in your Tackle Box”, include pertinent data preferred for fishing local waters. The recent Fifth Annual Redfish Tournament was prefaced by Captain Jay Peeler’s informational talk at the October

Ed Brown,left, receiving Redfish V tournament hat from Bert Hoell a the October 7th meeting. Photos by Jeane Brenna

Ed Brown,left, receiving Redfish V tournament hat from Bert Hoell a the October 7th meeting. Photos by Jeane Brenna

7 meeting in which he shared a full spectrum of knowledge about catching Redfish. The website also includes information on the “Fish of the Month” (a monthly contest); “for sale items”; and a monthly newsletter with tide chart and information regarding fishing etiquette, and offshore and backwater fishing guidelines.

An upcoming event is a backwater outing called “Fish and Dine” on Saturday November 6. The event begins at leisure and ends at the Old Marco Lodge in Goodland at 1 p.m. for lunch, and fishing tales. For information contact Jim Mueller at 393-0507, or sign up at the monthly meeting November 4.

And remember what Ed Crane, club member and webmaster says, “Keep a hand on your rod at all times!”

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