To the outdoor enthusiast, the fall season marks the arrival of several things, including a bumper crop of fishing tournaments. One of the fishing tournaments on the horizon is the 24th Annual Monique Burr Foundation's El Pescado Billfish Tournament. Here are a few more details:
Billfish Tournament Basics
The Monique Burr Foundation's El Pescado Billfish Tournament is a two day, charity fishing tournament. It is scheduled to take place Thursday, October 18, 2012 through Saturday, October 20, 2012 at the Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor located in St. Augustine, Florida. Targeted species include marlin, sailfish, dolphin and wahoo. Prizes are expected to be awarded in multiple categories. Monies raised during the event are slated to go towards furthering the important work of the Monique Burr Foundation for Children. For those unfamiliar with the non-profit, its mission is to help reduce incidents of childhood bullying, abuse and neglect.
The first day of the billfish tournament is reserved for opening festivities. The fishing is expected to get underway on Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. During the fishing portion of the event, participating anglers are expected to depart daily, at 5:30 a.m., from the St. Augustine sea buoy and fish from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The daily check-in is slated to kick off at 5:00 p.m. Various social activities are also scheduled to take place over the Friday, October 19, 2012 weekend. A full schedule of the tournament's events is available online.
How to Register
Anglers interested in participating in the El Pescado Billfish Tournament will need to sign-up, attend a meeting and remit an entry fee. Early birds may expect to pay a minimum standard entry fee of $2,250. Entry into the 40' and Under Division is additional. Those that wait to register for the tournament may expect to pay a higher entry fee. Advance registration may be completed through the event's website. The entry fees are due upon sign-up.
About the Venue
The Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor is located on Harbor Drive. It offers visitors access to onsite lodging, boat slip rentals, boat fuel, the Atlantic Ocean and the St. Augustine Inlet. The ever popular Kingfish Grill is also located nearby. The grill's staff makes an amazing Kingfish Country Boil that will leave you grinning. I heartily recommend that visiting anglers give it a try.
For boaters that are interested, nautical charts for the St. Augustine Inlet are available on the NOAA Office of Coast Survey's website. Additional boating information is available on the St. Augustine Port, Waterway and Beach District's website as well as the NOAA National Data Buoy Center's website.
As of Wednesday, September 19, 2012, the sea surface temperature around St. Augustine was 82 degrees Fahrenheit. That surface water temperature is likely to change between now and the fishing tournament. As such, anglers may want to re-check the area's buoy information prior to the tournament. Participating anglers may also expect a new moon to occur on Monday, October 15, 2012.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys fishing with her family. She has also traveled extensively.
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