Anglers see red in annual Rotary Fishing Tournament

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By Claude Lewis

CEDAR KEY -They came from near and far Saturday to have a great time on the water off the Cedar Keys, but more importantly, to help out the Chiefland Rotary Club with one of its major fundraisers -the annual Fishing Tournament.

The number of boats participating -44 -nearly matched last year's total of 47. A good sign considering the current state of the economy.

But with more sponsors this year, the net money raised came out to be quite a bit more.

"We raised around $9,500 and last year we raised around $6,000,"said tournament co-dirctor Jeff Beauchamp. "We're really pleased. We?ll be able to help more people around here."

The weather was nice and by most counts, the fish bite was on.

Even the guys who didn't weigh in a redfish or trout still caught fish -they were just a bit on the small side.

Winning $1,000 for biggest redfish was Mike Michaelis, a 46-year-old out of Chiefland. He reeled in a red weighing 6.42 pounds -just nipping Charlie Lloyd's fish tipping the scales at 6.41.

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