Kid’s Annual 4th of July Fishing Tournament


The Annual 4th of July Kid’s Fishing tournament is Saturday July 1st at Bonita Bill’s Waterfront Café on San Carlos Island. For 25 years this event has been presented by the Ostego Bay Foundation and Marine Science Center in cooperation with many local businesses. To avoid competing with the many other 4th of July festivities, the Fishing Tournament is always held the Saturday before July 4th and has become a family tradition on San Carlos Island.

The fishing contest begins at 9am and runs through noon with only 3 rules: One pole per child, one hook per pole and have fun. A lunch at noon with a hot dog, chips and cookies followed by the awards, all without cost to the participants. Prizes include trophies, rods & reels, bait buckets, tackle boxes and fish nets..

For many, we never forget the memories of the excitement of something nibbling on the line and landing that first fish. The Ostego Bay Foundation helps create this memory. This free family event where our area children are challenged to catch the largest, the smallest, the most and the most unusual catch.

Joanne Semmer President of Ostego Bay Foundations stated, “The goal of this event is to bring families together and introduce our children to the excitement and wonder of our marine life. With lessons learned, they shared the beauty of our natural area. We are grateful to all our community partners who share our ideals and continue their support every year which makes this event possible and creates lasting childhood memories.”

Sponsors for the Kids Fishing Tournament include Bonita Bill’s Waterfront Café, Key West Express, Fisherman’s World, Semmer Electric, Tarpon Hunters Club, First Citizens Bank and Bean, Whitaker, Lutz and Korah. Funding was also provided by many other community partners.

The mission of the Ostego Bay Foundation, Inc. is to promote the understanding, preservation and enhancement of our unique marine environment through education, research and community involvement. To learn more, visit or call 239-765-8101 to learn more about the Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center.