Anglers of all ages have an opportunity to join the inaugural Fish 36 Weekend to raise funds for Child Care of Southwest Florida on Oct. 3-5.
Participants will fish as much or as little as they wish over a 36-hour period for any of 36 species of fish, each with an assigned point value. Anglers take a photo of each fish caught before releasing it. The catch is a mystery item provided at the Friday team meeting must be included in the photo as proof of the 36-hour window. The objective is to target multiple species and take photos.
"It's about fun on the water, with a touch of competition, and supporting a great local cause," said Jim Griffiths, event organizer and publisher of Nautical Mile Magazine. "Fish from a boat, pier, dock, bridge, Fort Lauderdale or an aquarium; just make sure your secret item is in the photo, and aim for multiple species."
The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 3 with a team meeting at Cape Harbour Boat House on Chiquita Boulevard. Registration is $100 for up to four-angler teams. Teams return to the Boat House to trade their fish photos for raffle tickets 8-11 a.m. on Oct. 5. Prizes will be given out and a lunch follows at noon.
Prizes can be anything from fishing tackle, sailing lessons and fishing charters to clothing, gift certificates, and a few surprises.
Child Care of Southwest Florida provides quality early education and voluntary prekindergarten programs at six accredited centers in Lee and Hendry counties. Scholarships are provided to low-income families, allowing them to maintain employment and providing their children with the continuity that fosters learning and social development.