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Lee BIA holds 11th Annual Bricks & Sticks Fishing Tournament on Captiva Island

June 15, 2018
By TIFFANY REPECKI ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Lee Building Industry Association hosted its yearly fishing event on Captiva Island for the first time.

Held at the South Seas Island Resort, the 11th Annual Bricks & Sticks Fishing Tournament took place on June 2, with 72 registered boats and a total of 265 anglers participating. The teams targeted two each of snook, redfish and ladyfish, with cash prizes awarded to the top three to reel in the most total inches.

In addition, the redfish were weighed at the marina as part of a Calcutta challenge.

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Team Better Buildings Inc. took first place at the 11th Annual Bricks & Sticks Fishing Tournament, held on June 2 at the South Seas Island Resort.

"It's a fun way of getting everybody together," Special Events Director Emily Bumsted said.

Eric Carstensen, Mike Carstensen, Miles Meredith and Kristin Carstensen of Team Better Buildings Inc. took home the first place prize of $5,000. Second place and $3,000 went to Shane Dooley, Sherry Dooley and Amanda Jones with Team Dooley Charters. Third place, which came with a $2,000 cash prize, was awarded to Jayson Rider, Nelson Diaz and Richard Fruend of Team HONC Industries.

For 10 years, the tournament was held at the Tarpon Point Marina in Cape Coral.

"We grew out of that space," she said. "It was just a little too tight for us."

Bumsted noted that South Seas also had amenities desired by sponsors and participants.

"We really wanted to make it family-oriented, so people could bring their families out for the weekend," she said, adding that it also served to kick off the summer for all involved.

"There's not a whole lot of options for big tournaments like ours," Bumsted said.

She called the new venue a success for the event.

"It's all been positive feedback. They were all really happy with the way things turned out," Bumsted said. "We knew that South Seas was probably going to take the tournament to a new level."

The event kicked off on May 31 with a captain's dinner at The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon in Fort Myers. The proceeds raised will benefit the Lee BIA in serving the Lee County building industry.

"We do a lot of government advocacy and education in the community," she said.

After the tourney, an awards party was held on the resort's grounds. The Lee BIA raised $20,000 through a live auction for Lee BIA Builders Care, which serves as its charitable arm. Builders Care provides emergency construction services to elderly and disabled community members in need.

Bumsted explained that those interested apply for assistance.

"It could be for a new roof, a new A/C system," she said. "It could be for a wheelchair ramp. It could be a bathroom remodel to make it more accessible."

Some of the backers for this year's event included platinum sponsors Five County Insurance and Builders Insurance Group, beverage sponsor Better Buildings Inc., cabana sponsor Wayne Wiles Floor Coverings and hat sponsor Cape Coral Plumbing.

"This year's tournament has been the most successful to date," Executive Vice President Phillip Ford said. "It would not have been possible without our generous sponsors, event partners, anglers and committee members that show up year after to year to support our association and Lee BIA Builders Care."

For more information about Lee BIA, visit or call 239-936-5525.



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