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Fishing briefs

Billfish Invitational

set for April 27 to 30

The International Game Fish Association is in its seventh year of the Rolex/IGFA Offshore Championship, an international fishing competition that will take place in May 2006.

The MarineMax-Hatteras Billfish Invitational, scheduled April 27 to 30 in Boat Harbour, Bahamas, has been named by IGFA as a qualifying event for the 2006 championship.

As a qualifying event, the invitational’s winning team of up to four anglers will compete in the championship. Each member of the team will receive a one-year membership in IGFA.

The 2006 championship will be an exciting event with worldwide interest. The 2005 championship qualifying series attracted a record 108 tournaments from 37 countries and 13 U.S. states representing over 20,000 anglers.

Team Century/Nextel wins redfish event

Capt. Jeff Hagaman and James Goodwin of Team Century/Nextel were the first anglers to weigh-in during the inaugural Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series, and managed holding on to their first place position, besting 125 teams to win the two-day event in Sarasota in early March.

Hagaman, of Lutz, Fla., and Goodwin, of Palm Harbor, Fla., caught a two-day total of four redfish weighing 29 pounds, 3 ounces, and won $25,000 plus the $12,500 Yamaha Bonus for a grand total of $37,500. The team ran a Century 2202 powered by a Yamaha F250 V6 4-stroke engine.

FLW Redfish Series qualifying tournaments are two-day events. The entire field competes Friday and Saturday, and the winning team is determined Saturday based on the heaviest two-day accumulated weight.

The FLW Redfish Series consists of two divisions, East and West. Each division comprises four events with a $200,000 purse for each event.

The top 100 teams will qualify for the three-day $300,000 Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series Championship to be held in Mobile, Ala., Oct. 27 to 29. The championship winner will take home as much as $100,000.

Tournament fundraiser

returns May 27

Harbourgate Marina of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., will host the Sixth Annual Dixie Chicken “Funament,” a multispecies fishing tournament and fundraising event during Memorial Day Weekend, May 27 through 29.

The Funament is held in honor of Jim Caudle, an avid fisherman who died Jan. 20, 2000, and is named after Caudle’s boat, The Dixie Chicken, which was docked at Harbourgate Marina for more than a decade.

Proceeds from the Dixie Chicken Funament go toward the development of an artificial reef located a short distance off the Little River Inlet, and easily accessible to all fishermen.

The tournament features cash and prizes totaling about $50,000. For information, call (843) 249-1637.

Youths vie for the

perfect cast

The Bassmaster Casting Kids competition took place Jan. 22 at the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Dania, Fla. The event teaches children ages 7 to 14 to flip, pitch and cast.

There were two age categories, and the top angler for each group was given a rod and reel so they could practice for the state championship.

The event was coordinated by members of the Broward County Boys & Girls Clubs Davie Board; over 100 children attended.

The winners advancing to the state championship are Kyle Preston, 13, Pompano Beach; Alec Beranacett, 9, Davie; Wayne Brutton, 14, Fort Lauderdale; and Brett Molzen, 8, Davie.