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Fishing for fun

July 1, 2017
Jessica Salmond - News Editor ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The Ostego Bay Foundation's annual kids fishing tournament has become a family tradition for some families.

Scott Whitaker's company, Bean, Whitaker, Lutz and Kareh, Inc., helps sponsor the event. But it means more to him than a charitable endevor. Whitaker used to bring his son, who is now 35, when he was 3 years old, he said. Before, it was held off of the Fort Myers Beach Pier. Now, it's held annually before July 4 at Bonita Bill's Waterfront Cafe.

Now, Whitaker's daughter has brought her two children, and his brother brought his grandson, too.

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Michael and Michael Junior Apell of Fort Myers discuss the intricacies of the sport of fishing.

"It brings everyone together without the electronics," he said.

More than 100 kids participated in the fishing tournament, held Saturday, July 1 at Bonita Bills Waterfront Cafe. The event was free to the participants, who get a free fishing pole, bait and lunch. After the tournament, the kids got to have a water gun fight.

Everything is donated, from the food to the rods, by donations from local businesses.

"It's a community effort," said Ostego Bay Foundation founder Joanne Semmer.



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