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 only youth can deliver. Over 150 junior anglers participated in the 2013 newly formatted “Kids Fishing Classic” 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 directors received from last year’s tournament the board feels strongly that they have captured the essence of what the Bob Lewis stands for. They made some exciting improvements, and indications already point to a much larger event this year, including increased room for drift boat entries and a coordinator to help families that want to share the expense of chartering a boat. The tournament is also focusing on increasing the number of onshore anglers and will have more information on that in the near future. There will also be many exciting things for the children to do, both at the Angler’s Meeting and at the awards ceremony. Go to last year’s picture gallery to see some of the fun things we did last year
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 billfishchallenge.com.