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October 01, 2007

RedSnook Catch & Release Tournament starts October 5

RedSnook Catch & Release Tournament starts October 5

The RedSnook Catch & Release Tournament will bring anglers from around the world to Collier County, Florida, October 5-7.

The event kicks off on October 5 with a party with Roland Martin, involving silent and live auctions, two days of fishing on October 6-7 and a Sunday, October 7 awards banquet. This year the tournament benefits the Conservancy of Southwest Florida to support their efforts in protecting estuaries, waterways and preserving regional fisheries.

Asked about what influenced his decision to lend his name, reputation, talents and time to the RedSnook event, Roland Martin explains, "As a native of Southwest Florida and a pro-angler for over 40 years, I've personally witnessed the decline in our water quality. Without clean and abundant supplies of water, recreational and sports fishing would bea thing of the past. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida's work in scientific research,advocacy and protection of our estuaries and waterways are critical programs to support."

Andrew McElwaine, president and CEO of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida responds, "It is quite an honor to have such an important person in the fishing world endorse this tournament. The tournament has a great heritage of over 14 years and this will really take it to the next level. We are very appreciative for Roland's support and the hard work of the Co-Chairmen Gil LaCroix and Jim Lozelle and the entire RedSnook Committee in organizing the event."

Official tournament rules and a roster of guides are available at