Okay....this thing has been kicking around for a while so I guess it's time to get serious. The date is going to be 6/30/12. The launch site will be the boat ramps located in E.G. Simmons Park. The ramp dumps you right into Tampa Bay. From there, it is short ride to the flats of Cockroach Bay or the Little Manatee River. There should be plenty of snook, redfish and trout on the flats. There is plenty of parking and it is a safe and secure location. It costs $7 total to launch your boat at the ramps. It is worth the piece of mind knowing your stuff is secure. High tide: 1106 +2.4' Low Tide: 1926 -0.2' Based on that, there is no need to be out there at the crack of dawn. Launch time will be at 10:00 am. The tide in the afternoon is going to rock. The only thing we may need to contend with is an afternoon thunderstorm.....or we may luck out. I would like to have a time during the day where we can get together on a beach and shoot some pictures of all the skiffs lined up. Afterwards we can finish off the day at one of three restaurants in the area. I am looking for a spot that has an outdoor patio and has plenty of parking to accommodate us. I thought about a cookout at E.G. Simmons Park, but we would be at the mercy of how crowded the park is and what pavilions would be available. Plus everyone would be loaded down with cookout gear, etc. and the park closes at 7:00 pm. That being said we need to make sure that we are hitting the ramp at 6:30 pm. I figured a local restaurant would be a great way to give them some business and would be easier on everyone. As far as doing a tournament, that would be cool. I think a $10 pot would suffice. Then the pot can be split in 3 ways to give an award for biggest redfish, snook, and trout. What we can do is take pics with the date on the pictures and review them at the restaurant and hand out the winnings then. The big thing is to get together, enjoy each other's company, catch some fish, and check out each other's rides. As far as hotels or accomodations, check out the the locations in Sun City Center, Riverview, and Ruskin. That would put you within 20 minutes of E.G. Simmons Park and the three restaurants I am considering. I will do some searching and post locations as I find them. If anyone is handy in putting an image from Google Earth, I would like to have an image of the ramp on here so we all have an idea of where it is. Beyond that, I am open to suggestions and comments to make this a fun event.