Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Distance Casting Event March 19-20

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Distance Casting Event March 19-20

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Byline: Joe Julavits, The Times-Union

Surf fishers, take note. Northeast Florida's first distance casting competition will be held March 19-20 in St. Johns County.

The Distance Casting Tournament is open to all comers and will feature two classes -- 150 grams of lead (about 5 1/4 ounces) on Saturday, March 19, and 125 grams (4 ounces) on Sunday.

The site for the tournament is the sod field about 2 miles west of Interstate 95 on County Road 207. Follow the signs.

Among those expected to attend are former world casting champions Roger Mortimer and Neil McKellow of England.

"It's going to be quite a crowd. We've got guys coming from Texas, Virginia, Delaware, all over," said Jacksonville's Steve Austin, one of the tournament's organizers.

The entry fee is $20 for both days of competition. Any rod/reel combination can be used, but the reel must be capable of retrieving line. Reels must be spooled with monofilament line with a minimum diameter of .31 mm in the 150-gram class and .28 mm in the 125-gram class.

Casters will compete in several divisions, including youth, women's, seniors and open. Food and beverages will be available.

For more information, visit www.floridasurffishing.net or call Austin at (904) 737-7669 during the day or Mike Foster (904) 471-6798 evenings.

REDFISH ENTRIES GOING, GOING . . .

After only a week of registration, fewer than 175 openings remain for the 425-boat Times-Union Redfish Roundup scheduled for Saturday, April 9, out of Sisters Creek Park.

Anglers can register at Strike-Zone Fishing, 11702 Beach Blvd., or at the Times-Union building at 1 Riverside Ave. A mail-in registration form is available in today's Times-Union on Page A-27.

The entry fee is $50 per boat.

FRESHWATER LICENSE BONUS OFFERED

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is offering cash savings and merchandise incentives for the first 3,000 anglers who purchase a five-year freshwater fishing license. …

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