The Florida Aquarium’s 4th Annual GO FISHING All-Release Fishing Tournament was held on June 5th. Twenty-six guided boats and 6 private boats launched early Friday morning from the docks behind the Tampa Convention Center for a great day of fishing on Tampa Bay. Reel Animals, Captains Mike Anderson and Billy Nobles, served as Tournament Directors, gathering all the best fishing guides for the corporate teams. Anglers and their families enjoyed a captain’s party at the Aquarium on Thursday evening, complete with food, drink, live music, penguin, owl and crocodile up-close encounters, behind-the-scenes tours and a lively silent auction.
The Aquarium supports sound care and stewardship of our waterway eco-systems and wildlife. Sport fishing and seafood have been a part of the fabric of life of Floridians for hundreds of years, and will continue to play an important role in Florida’s economy. This year’s tournament stressed the importance of responsible fishing and sustainable seafood practices.
The Tournament raised over $28,000 for the Aquarium’s conservation and education programs. Our sincere thanks go to our sponsors: GEICO, Mosaic, TBO.com, The Tampa Tribune and NewsChannel 8, as well as Committee Co-Chairs Doug Montgomery and John Cavo.