Kids Easter Fishing Tournament 2017
Easter Izaak Walton Kids Fishing Tournament
April 19th, 2017
Thoughts and photos by UseppaGin
Kids have fished on Useppa for thousands of years. It's a tradition passed down through the centuries. The tradition of Izaak Walton Tournaments goes back to the days of Barron Collier back in the 1920s. The tradition of Kids Izaak Walton Tournaments goes back long enough that two young men passing out trophies this year in the Easter Tournament fished in the event when they were boys. They sharpened their fishing skills off Useppa docks.
Competition was slow when the tournament started. Captain Ken led the kids in reciting the Fisherman's Oath. Captain Eddie and Kyle stood by ready to "help their fellow fishermen when help was needed." Finally the first fish was caught, and then one more and another. Trophies were awarded. Blue Ribbons were given to all non-trophy winners, and everyone shared a big batch of candy.
Thanks Useppa Island Club and Miss Hilary for making it all happen.