The Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper

Vol. 15 No. 52 - October 28, 2015

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Mote to sponsor two important events

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A young angler shows off her tilapia caught during a
previous Kid’s Fishing Clinic at Mote Marine Park



Mote Marine will be holding two popular events in November beginning on Saturday Nov. 7, with its Teach-A-Kid Fishing Clinic which will be held at the Mote Aquaculture Park. The park is located 7 miles east of interstate 75 on Fruitville Road. The clinic will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for children ages 5 through 16. There is a limit of 120 children.

There will be six hands-on stations teaching beginning and advanced fishing techniques, ethical angling, and sun and water safety. Stations also will include spin casting, fly casting, fly-tying, Gyotaku fish printing, and kayaking instruction. Kids will also have fishing opportunities in Mote’s stocked lake.

Participants also can get a behind the scenes tour of Marine culture and Aquaponics at the Research Park. The cost is $10/child, and will receive a rod and reel, tackle kit and a T-shirt sponsored by Bark and Company Realty. Guardians and children will be treated to a barbeque lunch provided by the Sarasota Sportsmen’s Association. In addition, each child will get an original snook print by artist Steve Whitlock. To register go to (

The second event will be the return of the William R. Mote Memorial Snook Shindig Research Tournament honoring Captain Scott Moore. Moore was a longtime friend and guide to Bill Mote and has been a tireless supporter of regulations to protect snook and other gamefish. He has been a friend to the laboratory for decades and has provided scientists with invaluable information on local fisheries’ issues.

The tournament and captain’s meeting will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13 and 14. The Friday evening captain’s meeting will start at 6 p.m. Fishing will continue after the captain’s meeting until noon Saturday. There will be an awards banquet at 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This is a great opportunity for anglers of all ages and abilities to help researchers at Mote as citizen scientists by catching and providing information on tagged hatchery-reared snook that Mote has released into Sarasota Bay. The event was held regularly until 2009 before a catastrophic freeze decimated snook populations and resulted in a closure of snook fishing.

Since the closure (snook fishing has reopened), Mote researches have released more than 2,500 snook into Sarasota Bay. The event will assist scientists who need anglers to help them learn more about the released snook’s movements and survival. The cost is $50 per adult angler, and $20 for youths 17 and younger. Adults that want to attend only the banquet can purchase tickets for $30 while youth 17 and under tickets will be charged $15.

To encourage children to participate in the clinic the previous week, Mote is offering participants their first tournament for free. The event will feature awards, raffles, door prizes, a bag of gifts, a special event T-shirt and a sumptuous banquet in the courtyard of Mote’s Aquarium. For information and to register for the tournament or banquet, go to Mote’s Website at

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