28 teen girls from the PACE Center for Girls of Collier County and New Horizons of Southwest Florida caught and released over 100 fish during the 2nd annual Freedom Waters Foundation Heels & Reels Girls Fishing Tournament. The tournament took place on Saturday, October 12th, from 8 AM through 2 PM at the Naples Boat Club docks at 909 10th Street South.

mangrove snapperEach teen participant was teamed up with an experienced female angler and volunteer boat captain who offered mentoring and education while on the water. Species caught included snook, cobia, mangrove snapper, ladyfish, grouper and sheepshead. Awards were presented to the teen girls who reeled in the smallest fish, most fish, biggest fish and most unusual catch.

teen anglersEvent sponsors included America Marine Management, Bassfisherwomen.com, Fox & Rabbit Websites and Marketing, Freedom Boat Club, Chrome Capital and Fishidy. South Bend Sporting Goods donated Bright Pink® rod and reel combos for each of the teens to take home and use following the event.

heel and reels participantsFor more information on the tournament or for Freedom Waters Foundation Heels & Reels corporate sponsorship opportunities, contact Tournament Chair Debbie Hanson at 239-233-4930. For details on donating to the FWF, please contact Debra Frenkel at dfrenkel@freedomwatersfoundation.org.

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Debbie Hanson

(Florida) Grew up fishing for walleye and muskie with my grandfather in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Now live in Southwest Florida and thoroughly enjoy the competitive nature of tournament fishing. When not writing about fishing and outdoor-related topics as a freelancer or blogging about my fishing adventures at SheFishes2.com, you can bet that I’m out on the water!

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