Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NOTEBOOK; 100 Teams Expected for Redfish Event

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NOTEBOOK; 100 Teams Expected for Redfish Event

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Byline: Joe Julavits, The Times-Union

At least 100 two-man teams are expected to compete this coming Friday and Saturday in the Inshore Fishing Association's Redfish Tour tournament out of the downtown marina in Fernandina Beach.

The lures-only, catch-and-release event offers a Ranger boat and trailer valued at $37,000 as top prize.

Participants will trailer their boats down Front Street to the waterfront district for the weigh-in. Redfish will be tagged before release into the Amelia River.

Entries are still available and cost $750 per boat. To register, call (407) 865-5915. For more information, visit www.redfishtour.com.

POKER RUN ON THE ST. JOHNS

The seventh annual AngelAID Poker Run for powerboats will be held the weekend of April 24-25 on the St. Johns River.

Under the poker run format, boats leave from a common starting point and travel to five different check points. Skippers pick up a sealed playing card at each check point, and when they return to the home base, the envelopes are opened. The skipper with the best poker hand wins.

Proceeds from the event go toward AngelAID, a non-profit Jacksonville charity that helps children with critical or terminal illnesses. Last year the poker run drew 47 entries and raised $27,000 for the charity.

The entry fee is $200 per boat and includes a Saturday night dinner and party, along with breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Entries will be divided into two classes -- high performance and cruiser. All powerboats are eligible.

To enter a boat, or for information on becoming a sponsor of the event, call Tom Dylewski at (904) 292-1287.

GEORGIA HUNTING INPUT SOUGHT

Three public hearings are scheduled this week on proposed changes to hunting regulations in Georgia for the 2004-2005 season.

The proposals include a statewide dove season, eliminating the dove zone line; increasing the number of counties open for alligator hunting from 23-40; and increasing the number of permits to hunt gators from 180-300. …

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