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Hookers PIE fishing tournament Sunday

October 31, 2018
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

The Matlacha Hookers will host the 20th Annual Pine Island Fishing Tournament & Derby at the Olde Fish House in Matlacha on Sunday, Nov. 4.

"We are now celebrating 20 years in existence," Madam Julie Simpson said. "In 1998, 21 women came together with the unified goal to 'Make a Positive Difference in Our Community.' Currently almost 300 active members are striving to achieve this goal by exceeding last year's effort to benefit the students and teachers at Pine Island Elementary."

Over the past nine years, $170,000 in donated monies has allowed the school to provide an after school tutoring program, stock their library with over 5,000 books, schedule educational field trips and provide supplemental educational materials, along with scholarships for higher learning to many graduated seniors and G.E.D. students.

PIE Principal Steven Hook stated that the Matlacha Hookers have made a huge impact on the students and have been a major factor in Pine Island Elementary consistently receiving an "A" rating for the past 17 years.

During the event there will be two types of fishing. The Derby is for the children who fish by land with help from parents and volunteers. Each child is provided with a brand new rod and reel and all the bait they need to catch "the big one." The rod and reels are theirs to keep. Trophies are given to the first place winners of each division.

The adult anglers tournament begins at 7 a.m. with weigh in at 3 p.m. The adults are fishing for cash prizes awarded to the heaviest legal snook, redfish and trout and for a slam.

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Applications and event registration can be found online at or key word Pine Island Elementary and on Facebook event page 20th Annual Pine Island Elementary Fishing Tournament & Derby or by simply going to our website at

For further information or questions, please call DJ at 239-910-3829, Kate Swanstrom 303-550-4459, Deb Cundall 239-292-6886 or Juila Simpson 239-298-1113;

If you are interested in donating an item for one of our auctions or to sponsor a child to fish in the event, please check out our website at .



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