More than 200 anglers headed out to the third annual rock the dock fishing tournament this weekend. The Rock the Dock tournament brought it more than fish, it boosted the local economy.
The anglers bragged about their fish.
Eric Keyser won the recreational trout division. He gave the stats on his fish saying, "29 inches... 7.2 pounds."
"Around 25 pounds.... not bad, "said Justin Deberry.
Keyser added, "I've fished for a long time for trout and to catch a trout that big... it's a great feeling. To win the tournament on top of it is an added bonus."
The Anglers were proud when it came time to weigh their fish in and claim their prize.
Laurie Faulk helped organize the event. She said, "The fishing is phenomenal, and I think this fishing tournament has really brought an economic boost to this community... and to the surrounding areas."
The Fishing tournament in Panacea, Florida benefits the Panacea Water Front... a revitalization efforts to improve public access to the water front.
Rock the Dock is trying to reach its goal of raising 10-thousand dollars this year. But it's been a tough year economically, with the added stress of the oil spill.
Barry Poole fishes the local waters regularly. Poole said, "We have never seen a spec of evidence of result from the oil spill or lack of fish."
Kids got in on the fun too. They helped transport the fish which is not an easy task.
Jack Wiles described the fish he held, "It was just huge... heavy... it was hard."
Organizers are glad they are getting involved at a young age.
The event emcee, Joe Mercurio, said, "They're the ones that will protect and conserve the fish... the waterways.. the sea life... They're the ones that are going to make sure that years and years to come we have fish out there."
Organizers say this year's fishing tournament is the biggest yet, and they hope it continues to help improve access to the beach.
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