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Naples Take A Soldier Fishing Event

Joe SnookJoe Snook Senior Memberport of the islands in NaplesPosts: 468 Deckhand
On Sept. 13 2014 there will be 130 active duty troops and some wounded warriors coming down to fish with 70 boat captains from sw Fl.
Come down and support the event and the troops starting at 11:00am. There will be music, food and beverages and also a kids zone.
The weigh in will begin at 2:00pm. There is both an inshore division and offshore division.
There will be some high profile fishing guides and a celebrity fishing talent among the 70 boats that have been arranged by an amazing group of people to take the soldiers out so I suspect once more you will see Lots of Big Fish going to the weigh in.
Hooters is a big sponsor so there will be plenty of orange shorts skippin around too. But seriously its for a great cause and 100% of all donations goes towards the funding of this event so support it and every year they will be able to keep this wonderful event going n growing.
The event is held at Bayside wich is across from tin city on 41 n goodlette frank. The morning is definitely worth getting up for. The troops are picked up from their hotel by huge buses and have a police escort to bayfront where they get on their boats ready for a day of fishing but not after the national anthem is sung in the peaceful quiet of the morning. Then the engines start and 70 boats all flying American flags go under the bridge to the end of the idle zone where its then off to the races with a shotgun start. Its hair raising and really gets red white n blue pumping through yur veins. Be there!
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  • ChopskiChopski Junior Member Naples, FLPosts: 25 Deckhand
    I'll be fishing it! I'm excited! It really is an amazing event for an even better cause!
  • 10kman10kman Senior Member Posts: 967 Officer
    A word of caution.We belong to a organization that was looking to give them monies as a donation.
    We asked for a financial statement,to date we are still waiting and zero reply back.This maybe a
    very worthy cause but a few questions.
    1.Who is the head of the organizing group?It is not available on there web site.
    2.They are requesting a $1,000/boat donation,for what,the boats and guides are donated?
    3.If you are non profit,what do you with monies not spent if there is any?
    4.What salaries are paid and to whom?
  • Joe SnookJoe Snook Senior Member port of the islands in NaplesPosts: 468 Deckhand
    Chopski I hope I get a chance to meet you there are a bunch of guides going id like to meet.
    10k man those are all good questions I too are skeptical of charities. I cant answer that for I am definitely not qualified to answer those questions and would have no right speeking on the orginizations behalf. when they tell me I get a bunch of free beer and a day of fishing to make a real difference in peoples lives who literally put their lives on the line so we can continue our way of life here in America Well sir I say where do I sign. But thats the extent of my involvement and i feel blessed to do so.
    You need to be asking these questions to Jamie and Steve Loyd and their number is:239-289-1971 or email: [email protected]
    I hope they answer your questions promptly and you decide to fond a way to help this wonderful event.
    And please since you asked the questions and got people thinking a certain way do is a favor and post up the responses you get to the questions you posted. Tear Em Up!
    By the way I went out today to see what the fish are doing and got a fat trout and 3-25" reds in less than an hour hope it goes that way on saturday07b898aa3433680b2a5172f729125057.jpg
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  • blewitupsirblewitupsir Senior Member Everglades City/Labelle FLPosts: 774 Officer
    Joe that sounds like a great event, I'm in Tampa this weekend at the FS expo or i would be there. Good luck and thanks for taking the time to take care if those who took/take care of us.
    http://hopefishing.comFishing the Florida Everglades National Park with Hope Fishing Adventures.
  • Joe SnookJoe Snook Senior Member port of the islands in NaplesPosts: 468 Deckhand
    I know you would buddy. Have fun with your new gig on giving your offshore seminores congrats dude!
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  • polliwogpolliwog Senior Member Posts: 355 Deckhand
    Hi 10K, Will be anxious to hear the response from your questions. I love the idea of " taking a soldier fishing" and would like to make a contribution as I did a few yrs ago.
  • 10kman10kman Senior Member Posts: 967 Officer
    Polliwog,very worthwhile goal to take a solider fishing,I I'm questioning who runs it(found that out,Lloyds)
    how is the monies being spent,are there people on salaries and how much,where is the monies going
    if boats and guides are donated.In other words,Polliwog is your check going to help a solider or someone's
  • floridascubafloridascuba Member Posts: 94 Deckhand
    Wonder how I can get into the next one. Either as the captain or the active duty troop. Need to look into it further when not on my phone.
  • Joe SnookJoe Snook Senior Member port of the islands in NaplesPosts: 468 Deckhand
    Another Unbelievable event this year. So much respect to the people that work so hard for so long to make the event happen. Awesome seeing first hand how much The Troops appreciate it. They all say theyre absolutely blown away by how extravegant the event is and are amazed that there are so many guides out here on the water willing to donate their time to bring them fishing. Totally grattifying experience! what an incredible organization. Thank You Lloyds!
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  • dtobiasdtobias Senior Member Bonita SpringsPosts: 733 Officer
    Very cool Capt. Joe. A very worthy cause indeed.
  • crackedconchcrackedconch Senior Member West Palm Beach, FLPosts: 377 Deckhand
    Good job guys!!!!!:USA
    Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things!!

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