Bluepoints Marina is providing a 25¢ per gallon discount off its posted pump price for its Ethanol Free gas and Diesel fuel from August 22-25, 2013 during the Red Snapper Research Tournament. Take advantage of our 1,000 feet of courtesy docks and fuel and pump out docks.
The special open season hopes to increase angler awareness for the Fish and Wildlife Commission’s data collection efforts of the Red Snapper. FWC biologists are excited about public efforts to help with this research because it will directly benefit recreational anglers in the long run with better understanding of red snapper growth rates, distribution, and age classes that are currently living in Atlantic coastal waters.
Anglers fishing during this three day season are urged to bring their red snapper carcasses to an FWC check in location for measurement and removal of the fishes Otoliths or “growth stones”. This research campaign is based on angler driven data of their catch efforts and successes. The FWC says that this type of data collection is extremely important to them because it provides additional information about the species, which is closed for harvest throughout the Atlantic basin at this time.
This event will take place at Bluepoints Marina on Saturday August 24th, with the weigh in running from 4:00 till 5:30 pm. A guaranteed $2,000 cash or check first place prize for the heaviest red snapper weighed in by a tournament angler is the top prize in this event. Other cash and prizes will be awarded for second through tenth places, (maybe more) and there are three ladies and three junior prize categories as well. Tournament entry fee is $100 per boat and all of the registration fees are going to support Don Hammond’s Dolphin tagging research being conducted through the Hilton Head Reef Foundation.
Non-tournament anglers can still bring their red snapper to the weigh in at Bluepoints Marina on Saturday between 4:00 and 5:30 pm to potentially win up to $100 cash or a variety of other prizes just for allowing their fish to be examined by the FWC staff on hand. This is separate promotion from the research tournament being held on Saturday, but allows recreational anglers additional incentive to help with data collection efforts. In this promotion the angler that brings in the longest red snapper carcass caught by rod and reel to Bluepoints Marina over the three day open season, will win the excursion offered by Captain Rick Murphy – an extremely popular south Florida fishing guide and host of the award winning Chevy Florida Insider Fishing Report and Sportsman’s Adventures televisions shows.
The Red Snapper Research Tournament
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