The Capt. Bob Lewis Kids Fishing Classic is Making a Move!
The Capt. Bob Lewis tournament has always marched to the beat of its own drum. This time it’s all about time. The play on words is offered here in that the Capt. Bob Lewis Kids Fishing Classic is moving off its traditional dates to a more family friendly Memorial Day Weekend slot on May 22 & 23rd. The move should give families more time to participate and really take in the family friendly experience.
“We see the change in dates as a huge plus for those families who wanted to go all in on the tournament, however they might have had conflicts in their schedules” says CBLKFC President, Jose Fonseca. “I know with my kids, there is almost always something scheduled every weekend. However, schools and other events seem to shy away from the holiday weekends” he says. The event traditionally draws over 200 kids and this year’s event has the potential to be the biggest so far.
With the Captain’s Meeting and final registration on Friday night, families will be able to register their kids and come by to collect their angler bags and grab a quick bite to eat. The atmosphere will be a buzz as local sponsors will be present showing their wares too. Early registration for the many fishing categories is also available online at billfishchallenge.com. All kinds of fishing will be a part of the expansive format that allows for fishing from land and by boats. There are age and category divisions from Freshwater Division to Offshore Pro and even special needs kids, just to name a few. Registrations are an affordable $35 per child with options to go on drift boats for an extra fee of only $40.
Saturday morning, May 23rd, will greet eager anglers with the call for lines in at 8 am sharp. Lines out is at 2 pm with the weigh station opening at the same time until 4 pm. Families will be entertained and fed as they await the tallies to see who will come out on top. However what we all know is that they are all winners for getting precious time on the water with friends and family.
We are very proud of the heritage and legacy of this tournament says Capt. Jimmy Lewis, whose father the event was named after. “Our tournaments have always been different, whether it was offshore’s best and most competitive fishermen slugging it out for big dollars and the prestige of the billfish tournament or like now, where the tournament is directly tied to its benefactors, the kids.” He adds, “my father would be very proud to have his name go on such a great cause.”
The Capt. Bob Lewis Billfish Challenge (AKA Kids Fishing Challenge) is a 501c3 that benefits the local kids and the So. Florida fishing environment. To learn more please call 305-725-5514 or visit billfishchallenge.com.