The Navarre Fishing Rodeo was a huge success this past weekend with more than twice as many anglers than in year’s past and a 100 percent increase in the number of fish brought in to the weigh station at Juana’s Pagoda during the two-day tournament. All in all, the tournament saw a 224 percent increase in anglers this year over last even though the weather and wind brought about by a hurricane turning in the ocean on the other side of Florida, and a cool front made the weather a little less than perfect. “That just separates real anglers from those that think they are anglers,” Frank Dailey said in jest, the day of the rodeo. Bottom line, everyone had the same conditions, and more fish were reeled in than ever before.
“Great prizes and better fish for the weather that we were handed. Thanks also to the sponsors,” said rodeo participant Bob Boston after the event.
An added bonus this year was teaming up on the same weekend as “Take a Kid Fishing.” More than 400 children received a free rod and reel and fishing lessons on the pier the Saturday of the Rodeo.
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