The Results Are In… The New Bob Lewis Kids Tournament is a Hit!
After switching the format from a highly competitive, high dollar billfish tournament, the Captain Bob Lewis Kids Fishing Classic has caught the magic that that only youth can deliver. Over 150 junior anglers participated in the newly format “Bob Lewis” that was heralded as a success by participants, parents and the fishing community alike.
“We are so pleased with the positive vibe that this new format has delivered” says Bob Lewis President Jose Fonseca. “When you make such a move it is a huge leap of faith. But we knew that ultimately if we served our primary beneficiaries, that being kids and the environment, that the fishing community would support us,” he added.
With South Florida weather cooperating, the fishing bite was excellent for the juniors to score their prized catches. Released fish like sailfish, amberjack, redfish, trout, grouper, jack, trigger fish and sharks all counted towards getting trophies. At the weigh scale there was a buzz with snapper, cobia, dolphin, tuna and kingfish up to 44 pounds being weighed in by proud youngsters from 20 months to 16 years old, including special needs children.
The enthusiasm built as the focused turned to the afternoon awards ceremony. “It’s really so cool to see the kids get so excited to see all these trophies and hoping that their catch was good enough to score one of over 100 that were up for grabs” says Jimmy Lewis, son of the late Captain Bob Lewis. “I’m sure my dad is smiling down on what this event has become” he added.
With the feedback the tournament directors received this weekend, the board feels strongly that they have captured the essence of what the Bob Lewis stands for. They expect to make minor changes to what was basically a first year tournament with some exciting improvements. “We have some exciting ideas on how we can improve upon the event for next year” says Keylin Olivares Executive Director for the Bob Lewis. “In just one year, this event has become a part of the fabric of the So. FL fishing community and will be for years to come,” says Olivares.
The Capt Bob Lewis Billfish Challenge is a 501c3, not for profit that benefits kids and the environment. For more information please call 305-725-5514 or CBLBC.com.
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