Palatka to host Feb. 3 tournament featuring former NFL players

Published: Friday, January 19, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 19, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

The 3rd super Celebration Bass Tournament, featuring several current and former NFL players, is set for Super Bowl weekend (Feb. 3) on the St. Johns River at the Palatka City Dock and Riverfront Amphitheater.

The event is sponsored by the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce and the Jacksonville chapter of NFL Retired Players.

It consists of two categories: the Open Team Division and the VIP Division. The Open Team Division is open to the public, while the VIP Division will include NFL pros and other invited guests teamed with local guides.

The winner in the Open Division will win $10,000, while the VP champion will take home $1,500 (which will be donated to charity).

Applications and other information are available from the Chamber of Commerce office in Palatka or on line at


Mark your calendar for a bass tournament that benefits a great cause. The 11th annual Save Rodman Reservoir Bass Tournament will be April 21 out of Kenwood Landing on Rodman.

The entry fee is $100 for each two-man team. Seventy percent of the entry fees will be paid back to the top 15 percent of the field. There is no off-limits period and the limit is seven bass.

Miller's Boating Center will auction off a 2007 Triton boat during the weigh-in festivities. For more information, contact Save Rodman at or call 386-326-1112.


Capt. John Peyton will talk about inshore fishing in the St. Augustine area Tuesday at the monthly meeting of the Gainesville Offshore Fishing Club. It begins at 7 p.m. at the Gainesville Girls Club.

Peyton is a guide that specializes in fly-fishing out of the East Coast. In addition to how and where to catch trout and redfish, he will discuss catching kingfish off of the beach.

The meeting is open to the public and the club welcomes new members.


The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has scheduled a series of public workshops and a statewide video conference to hear what people think about the future of saltwater fishing in Florida.

The FWC has been working with a group of stakeholders who represent commercial and recreational fishing, research and environmental interests to develop a draft vision document regarding the future management and protection of Florida's marine fisheries resources.

The Commission now is asking the public to comment on this vision statement, which will focus on five areas relating to: marine habitat enhancement and protection, ecosystem management, research coordination, interagency coordination, and funding and staffing needs. The document is available online at

Local fishermen are encouraged to participate at the closest workshop, which will take place Feb. 15 from 6-8 p.m. at the Jacksonville Public Library at 303 N. Laura Street.

Also, anglers are invited to participate at a statewide video conference at FWC offices from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 27. In North Central Florida, FWC offices are located in Lake City and Ocala.

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