After 25 years of a fun and charity-based fishing tournament, the Rotary Club of Clearwater has decided not to sponsor the tournament for 2019. Whether or not the tournament returns in future years is yet to be determined.
We sincerely appreciate the support we have received over the years from the many anglers and sponsors who returned year-after-year; however, the proceeds from the tournament to be given to charity has fallen over the past few years to the point that we barely broke even after expenses. Additionally, other larger tournaments around the Tampa Bay area made it difficult to compete for anglers. Other than Easter, there are no longer any open weekends in the spring for a tournament without having to compete with other established tournaments.
For more than 25 years, the Rotary Club of Clearwater sponsored this unique fishing tournament, held during the month of April, which demonstrated the importance of partnership, both on the water and in the community. Over the duration of the tournament, the Rotary Club of Clearwater donated more than $1 million dollars to numerous Tampa Bay charities.
We apologize to those of you who enjoyed fishing our tournament over the years. Your support is recognized and appreciated.