The first 2013 Kids Fishing Tournament at the Boca Grande Fishing Pier drew 53 anglers who caught an estimated 35 fish Saturday.
On a day that started with a chill breeze threatening rain with the whiff of red tide in the air, organizers from the Lee County Parks & Recreation Department were concerned that only eight young anglers showed up with 10 minutes to go before the 9 a.m. start. But a late walk-up surge swelled the group of young anglers and the competition closed in warm sunshine with a cool breeze.
The overall winner for Biggest Fish in the tourney was Christopher Ryan, 13, of Port Charlotte, with a 16.5-point flounder, said tourney organizer Joe Wier.
Ashley DeGraff, 9, of Warm Mineral Springs won the Biggest Fish award for girls.
Ashley DeGraff, 9, of Warm Mineral Springs won the Biggest Fish trophy for girls with a 15-point grouper.
Other award winners included:
Age group 10-15: Most Fish, John Darby of Phoenix, four fish; and Tyler DeGraff, Biggest Fish.
7-9: tie, Most Fish, John and Anna Parent of Fort Wayne, Ind., two apiece; and Alec Chrzanowski, Biggest Fish.
6-under: Most Fish, Mason McLoughlin; and Fisher Lach, Biggest Fish.
For more on the Kids Fishing Tournament, see the Jan. 10 edition of the Gasparilla Gazette.