Kid’s Fishing Tournament


Ostego Bay Foundation

The Annual 4th of July Kid’s Fishing tournament is this Saturday July 2nd at Bonita Bill’s Waterfront Café. For 24 years this event has been presented by the Ostego Bay Foundation and Marine Science Center in cooperation with many local business including Bonita Bill’s Waterfront Café, Key West Express, Fisherman’s World, Semmer Electric, Tarpon Hungers Club and Bean, Whitaker, Lutz and Korah.

This is a free family event where area children, assisted by Dads, Moms, Grandpa’s and Grandma’s, are challenged to catch the largest, the smallest, the most, and the most unusual catch. Prizes included trophies, rods & reels, bait buckets, tackle boxes and fish nets. Registration begins at 8:30am. The fishing contest begins at 9am and runs through noon with 3 rules: One pole per child, one hook per pole and have fun. Cut bait will be provided. Participants must bring their own poles and any other bait they wish to use. A lunch is provided at noon with a hot dog, chips and cookies followed by the awards, all without cost to the participants.

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

In order to not compete 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.

Founded in 1991, the Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center is a self funded 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 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. Visit to learn how you can become a member or call 239-765-8101 to learn more about the Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center.

Information provided by Ostego Bay Foundation.