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Welcome to the Sixth Annual Marion County Firefighters Benevolence Fund Saltwater Classic Fishing Tournament. We are pleased to have Encore Crystal Isles RV Resort in Crystal River once again host this year’s tournament. This will be a one day tournament on Saturday, November 4th, 2017 with the Captain’s meeting and dinner on Friday, November 3rd, 2017 @ 6PM. Captain’s meeting will be held at the Encore RV Park club house. Address is 11419 W. Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429. Tournament is open to the public; no Fire Dept. affiliation required. Hook and Line category will be Red fish, Trout, Grouper (combined Red or Gag), and King Mackerel. Spear fishing category will be Grouper (combined Red or Gag) and Hog Fish. See rules section for further details. Immediately following the weigh in will be the fish fry dinner, awards ceremony, raffle prizes, and giveaways. Included in your $65.00 entry fee is a tournament T-shirt, Captain’s meeting dinner, and fish fry dinner on Saturday after the weigh in. Children 14 and under fish free for the entire event. Entry into the tournament is not required to attend the fish fry and raffle, so plan on having family and friends join us for a guaranteed good time after a fun day of fishing. October  27th, 2017 is considered late registration and fee will be $75.00 per person. For any additional inquiries or sponsorship opportunities please contact James Cussins at 352-427-6639 or jdcussins@yahoo.com.

Lodging

Encore Crystal Isles RV resort offers cabins and RV spots to rent. There are a limited number of cabins and they are being rented on a first come basis. We have most of the cabins blocked off for the tournament participants. To reserve a Cabin please contact James Cussins @ 352-427-6639. To reserve an RV spot please contact the Encore RV Resort directly and let them know you are registered for the tournament @ 352-795-3774. 

Rules

All categories will be judged by weight. Spear fishing Category for 2017: Hog fish and grouper (combined Red or Gag). Heaviest single legal fish will be determined the winner for each species. Cash prize based on the number of participants. Hook and Line category for 2017: Trout, Red fish, Grouper (combined Red or Gag) and King Mackerel. The top three heaviest single fish will determine 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for each species. Each category will be paid out equally. Cash prize will be based on the number of entries per category. Tournament scale and measurement device will be provided and will be the final determination of fish weight and length. Fish weight and length will be verified by tournament judges and team captains will sign off on weight and length to prevent any dispute. In the event of a tie, money will be split between winning teams. Fishing will begin at safe light on tournament day. Weigh in will be at the Encore RV Park, exact location will be announced at the Captains meeting, and will close at 5pm. Participants must be in the designated area by 5pm in order to weigh fish. Fish may be brought by vehicle or boat to the weigh in but must have been caught by the registered team. This will be on an honor system and we feel no further explanation is required. All fish must be in accordance with FWC guidelines. All fish weighed will be donated for use in fish fry. Anglers will not be required to donate all fish caught during the day, only the fish weighed for prize money.