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Anglers, get your hooks into a great tournament while helping to fund studies of Florida's snook.

On Oct. 3 and 4, Mote's Center for Fisheries Enhancement will be hosting the 10th Annual William R. Mote Memorial Invitational Snook Shindig, a science-based catch, sample and release tournament targeting tagged snook released by Mote's Stock Enhancement Program.

WHAT: The William R. Mote Memorial Snook Shindig Invitational, also known as the 10th annual "Snook Shindig," a science-based catch, sample, and release tournament.
WHEN: The tournament begins after the mandatory 6 p.m. Captain's Meeting on Friday, Oct. 3. Fishing hours are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 through noon on Oct. 4.
WHERE: The Captain's Meeting will be held at Mote Marine Laboratory in the Jean P. Hendry Conference Room at the Ann & Alfred Goldstein Marine Mammal Research & Rehabilitation Center, 1703 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. The tournament will take place in Sarasota-area waters. Fishing from boats and shoreline angling are both allowed.
WHY: To help fund snook restocking and conservation efforts and help gather scientific information on the fate and effects of stocked hatchery snook.
SNOOK SHINDIG REGISTRATION: $40 for adults, $20 for youths through age 15 (who must be accompanied by a participating adult). Late registration fees beginning Sept. 24 are $50 for adults and $30 for youths. Register online at or call 941-388-4441, ext.432 for information.
BARBECUE: Awards dinner at 5 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Mote Marine Lab Chickee. Dinner-only guests can pay $15 onsite. Registered anglers are eligible for prizes. Snook Shindig entry fee includes entry in the tournament, barbecue dinner, an event T-shirt, voluntary participation in raffles and lots of fun.
ABOUT: The Snook Shindig is part of Mote's Snook Stock Enhancement research program and is conducted in partnership with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Sponsors of the tournament include The Snook Foundation, Southstream Seafoods and Jason Mathias. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Stacy Alexander at 941-388-4441, ext. 509 or [email protected]
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