2022 Pine Island Elementary Fishing Tournament & Derby


2022 Pine Island Elementary Fishing Tournament & Derby

Sunday, November 6, 2022
 | Fishing Tournament
Target Sub-species: 
Snook - Common snook
Redfish - Red Drum (Redfish)
Spotted Sea Trout - Spotted Seatrout

Julia Gaylor


Julia Gaylor

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Pine Island Elementary
Fishing Tournament & Derby
November 6, 2022

The Matlacha Hookers are proud to host the 23rd Annual Pine Island Fishing Tournament & Derby at the Olde Fish House in Matlacha on Sunday, November 6, 2022.

We are now celebrating 24 years in existence; In 1998 twenty-one women came together with the unified goal to “Make a Positive Difference in Our Community.” Nearly 200 active members are striving to achieve this goal by exceeding last year’s effort to benefit the students and teachers at Pine Island Elementary School.

From previous tournaments, over $220,00.00 in monies has been donated to fund numerous needs for the students and teachers at the school including most recently funding the first STEAM Lab, along with funding scholarships to high school seniors and adults who are seeking higher learning either in college or trade schools. The principal: Dr. Thomas Millins, stated that the Matlacha Hookers have been able to provide the school, teachers and children with countless opportunities that otherwise would not have been possible.

During our event there are two types of fishing. The Derby is for elementary aged children, last year we had 100 children participate, who fish by land with help from parents and volunteers. Each child is provided with a brand-new rod and reel (to keep!) and all the bait they need to catch “the big one.” Trophies are given to the place winners of each division. The Catch Photo Release (C.P.R) tournament by boat or kayak begins at 6am with final fish entries at 2pm. The anglers are fishing for cash prizes awarded to the longest in length for each snook, redfish and trout and longest combined length of all three species for the slam.

It’s not just fishing though! We have something for the whole family. Live music from local musicians, silent auctions, Hook-A-Basket and 50/50 raffles, Booze Wagon raffle, BBQ Lunch, adult and kid beverages and more fun than you should be able to have for free! OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 9am-4pm.

For further information or questions please call or email Julia Gaylor 239-298-1113; 12thmadam.julia@gmail.com, Monica Kochel 239-470-0073; kochelmonica@gmail.com, or Deb Syring 612-817-8972; deb_jordo@yahoo.com.

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 www.matlachahookers.org.

All of this wouldn’t be possible without the help of everyone in our community, residents, businesses, anglers and patrons of this annual event. We thank you in advance for your generosity and look forward to seeing you there.

Target Species:

  • Snook
  • Redfish
  • Trout

Scoring Guidelines:

  • Longest entry of each species will be the winner for the cash prizes for the Snook, Redfish and Trout.



$80 USD
Individual Angler

Processing fee of $5.00 USD will be added to the registration fee.

Pine Island SoundFL

Register as Individual

Website: www.matlachahookers.org/pine-island-fishing-tourney

Registration open from Monday, September 26, 2022 to Sunday, November 6, 2022


Events & Schedule

In Person Registration Opens

11/05/2022 03:30 PM

Olde Fish House Marina

Captain's Meeting
Beer and Food Provided by the Olde Fish House Restaurant

11/05/2022 06:00 PM

Olde Fish House Marina

Lines in the Water - Honor Start

11/06/2022 06:00 AM

BBQ Starts

11/06/2022 12:00 PM

Lines out of the Water - Photo Submission Deadline

11/06/2022 02:00 PM

Awards Ceremony

11/06/2022 03:00 PM

Olde Fish House Marina



Julia Simpson
Frank Raymond
Michael Christopher
(214) 683-4743


Rules and RegulationsClick to Read


Angler C.P.R. Regulations for the P.I.E Fishing Tourney

  • All Photos to be used as the submission for your team must be uploaded into the iAngler Tournament App
  • All state fishing and boating laws apply
  • All fish must be caught by hook and line
  • ALL fish must be photographed with a digital camera/phone on Official Tournament Measuring Device issued at Captains Meeting. Fish MAY BE ANY LENGTH.
  • Must have nose of fish on LINE 0, line must be visible
  • Pinch Tail encouraged
  • IAngler Tournament App will allow you to submit multiple photos for each species but it will only keep the longest one for the submission for each species.
  • The longest per species photo will automatically be entered as their photo for the Big Fish Categories. (Snook, Redfish, Trout)
  • Wade fishing is ALLOWED - No dropping off anglers at spots and coming back later to pick them up. The use of a combustion engine is prohibited while there is an angler in the water.
  • No exchanging bait/fish between boats.
  • Honor Start from any launch. No lines in the water prior to 7am.
  • Submission for photo’s begins at 8am– All Teams must have photos submitted by 3pm for final submission… NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Tie breaker will be determined by the time first photo was submitted.
  • Keep track of your photo submissions on your team card if you have any discrepancies, you will need this.
  • The Tournament Director has the final decision in all disputes.
  • Be courteous to all Officials and Participants!
  • Be safe and most importantly have FUN!!!!


Disclaimer Click to Read

Matlacha Hookers Release of Liability Waiver for the Pine Island Elementary Fishing Tournament & Derby

In consideration of being allowed to participate in any way during the Pine Island Elementary Fishing Tournament & Derby, and its related events and activities, We, the undersigned, being of at least 18 years of age acknowledge, appreciate and agree that:

  1. Risk of injury from the activities involved in this program is significant, including the potential for permanent paralysis and death, and while skill, equipment, and personal discipline may reduce this risk, the risk of serious injury does exist; and,
  2. I KNOWLINGY AND FREELY ASSUME ALL SUCH RISKS, both known and unknown, EVEN IF ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES or others and assume full responsibility for my participation; along with anyone under the age of 18 that is in my care while participating in the event.
  3. I willingly agree to comply with the stated and customary terms and conditions for participation. If, however, I observe any unusual significant hazard during my presence or participation, I will remove myself from participation and bring such attention of the Tournament Director immediately; and
  4. I, for myself and behalf of my heirs, assigns, personal representatives and next of kin, HEREBY RELEASE, INDEMNIFY, AND HOLD HARMLESS THE Matlacha Hookers, Inc, The Olde Fish House Marina and their officers, officials, agents and/ or employees, other participants, sponsoring agencies, sponsors, advertisers, and if applicable, owners and lessors of premises used for the activity (“Releases”), WITH RESPECT TO ANY AND ALL INJURY, DISABILITY, DEATH, or loss of damage to person or property, WHETHER ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES OR OTHERWISE, to the fullest of the extent permitted by law.