9th Annual Everglades CISMA Non-Native Fish Round Up

 

April 27 and 28, 2018

Starts: Friday 4/27 @ 3:00 pm
Ends: Saturday 4/28 @ 3:00 pm

 

The Everglades ecosystem is home to at least 22 nonnative freshwater fish species. These nonnative fish may be causing detrimental changes to our native fish communities, particularly as the number of new species continues to increase. All but two of these fish were introduced illegally as the result of releases of unwanted pets and food fish, or due to the flooding of aquaculture ponds.

The Everglades CISMA is hosting the Everglades Nonnative Fish Round-Up to raise public awareness about the potential negative impacts of releasing nonnative fish into Florida waters, and to encourage anglers to target these nonnative species for consumption. The Round-Up will also gather data into nonnative fish distribution and abundance that can assist in their management.

The Round-Up will be a 24 hour event beginning on Friday at 3:00 pm and ending Saturday at 3:00 pm to all anglers fishing in the Everglades area. The reason for this is to allow Anglers to catch a greater variety of nonative species by including night fishing. Check in will open at 2:00 pm on Saturday at each of the sites. You must be checked in by 3:00 or you will not be able to weigh in. This year prizes will be awarded to 1st place teams of 1-4 anglers for: largest fish (not including Snakehead), largest Snakehead, largest aggregate catch (not including Snakehead), and largest aggregate catch of Snakehead only. We will award a “Slam” prize to the team that catches the greatest number of nonnative species.

There will be a junior division which also includes teams of 1-4 anglers. If a youth is fishing in a team with an adult, then they will not be able to participate in the Junior division and the team will automatically be placed in the adult team division. Junior prizes will only be awarded to first place winners of those teams that consist of juniors under 16 years old. 1st and 2nd place medals will be given in each category, Adult and Junior and all participants will receive a long sleeve tournament tshirt. The adult prize for the Nonnative Slam is a 4 hour, all expenses paid bowfishing charter with Arrow Assault Bowfishing (http://facebook.com/arrowassaultbowfishing).

Please be aware if you are a team of one, you may be competing against a team of four. We encourage all anglers to get their friends and family involved in this event to increase their odds of winning. Before registering come up with a clever Team name and decide which site you will be weighing in at.

There are four weigh-in locations: 1) Miami-Dade County, Miccosukee Arches, SW 8th St. & SW 172 Ave.; 2) Broward County, University of Florida, 3205 College Ave, Davie, Fl. 33314; and 3) Palm Beach County, Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, 10216 Lee Road, Boynton Beach, Florida 33473. 4) Collier County: Everglades Chamber of Commerce 32016 Tamiami Trail E. Everglades City 34139

All participants will also be entered into a raffle drawing. The winner will receive a half-day guided fishing trip from World Wide Sport Fishing (www.worldwidesportsfishing.com).

Participants who register after April 19 will be charged a Standard ticket fee of $25.00.

Happy Fishing!

 

You can register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/9th-annual-nonnative-fish-round-up-tickets-42949117968

 

EVENT START/STOP

The Round-Up will be a 24 hour event beginning on Friday at 3:00 pm and ending Saturday at 3:00 pm to all anglers fishing in the Everglades area. The reason for this is to allow Anglers to catch a greater variety of nonative species by including night fishing. Check in will open at 2:00 pm on Saturday at each of the sites. You must be checked in by 3:00 or you will not be able to weigh in.
 

Weigh-in Locations

Miami Dade County
Miccosukee Arches
SW 8th St. & SW 172 Ave.

Broward County
University of Florida
3205 College Ave.
Davie, FL 33314

Palm Beach County
Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
10216 Lee Road
Boynton Beach, Florida 33473

Collier County
Everglades Chamber of Commerce
32016 Tamiami Trail E
Everglades City, Florida 34139

 

PRIZES

This year prizes will be awarded to 1st place teams of 1-4 anglers for: largest fish (not including Snakehead), largest Snakehead, largest aggregate catch (not including Snakehead), and largest aggregate catch of Snakehead only. We will award a “Slam” prize to the team that catches the greatest number of nonnative species.

There will be a junior division which also includes teams of 1-4 anglers. If a youth is fishing in a team with an adult, then they will not be able to participate in the Junior division and the team will automatically be placed in the adult team division. Junior prizes will only be awarded to first place winners of those teams that consist of juniors under 16 years old. 1st and 2nd place medals will be given in each category, Adult and Junior and all participants will receive a long sleeve tournament tshirt.
 

REGISTRATION

Online Registration Form

Please be aware if you are a team of one, you may be competing against a team of four. We encourage all anglers to get their friends and family involved in this event to increase their odds of winning. Before registering come up with a clever Team name and decide which site you will be weighing in at.

Participants who register after April 19 will be charged a Standard ticket fee of $25.00 and may not recieve a shirt the day of the event due to the time it takes to get the shirt printed. Shirts will be sent through the mail at a later date to those who didn't receive one the day of the tournament.
 

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2017 Results

Winner of the raffle: Melissa Smith

Prize: Half-day butterfly peacock trip for 2 people with one of southeast Florida’s premier guide services, Worldwide Sportfishing Inc.

Adult Division

Nonnative Slam:

1st Place: Team Birdman (11 species; Mayan, Oscar, Jaguar Guapote, Brown Hoplo, Walking Catfish, Spotted Tilapia, Black Acara, African Jewelfish, Sailfin catfish, Mozambique, Blue Tilapia)

Prize: 4 hour Everglades Bowfishing Charter for 4 donated by Arrow Assault Bowfishing (http://facebook.com/arrowassaultbowfishing). The team will also receive a $70 Gift Card to Bass Pro Shop and Personalized Medals

2nd Place: D. Hookers (9 species; Sailfin Catfish, Blue Tilapia, Mayan, Oscar, Spotted Tilapia ,Nile Tilapia, Hornet Tilapia, Black Acara, Midas)

Prize: Personalized Medals

 

Largest Nonnative Fish (not including the Snakehead):

1st Place: Arrow Assault (Blue Tilapia: 4.4 pounds)

            Prize: $70 Gift Card to Bass Pro Shop and Personalized Medals

2nd Place: Clown Posse (Clownknife fish; 3.98 pounds)

            Prize:  Personalized Medals

 

Most weight of Nonnative Fish (not including the Snakehead):

1st Place: Tamiami Terminators (231.7 pounds)

            Prize: $70 Gift Card to Bass Pro Shop and Personalized Medals

2nd Place: Arrow Assault (201.6 pounds)

            Prize: Personalized Medals

 

Most weight of Snakeheads:

           1st Place: Arrow Assault (76.8 pounds)

           Prize: $70 Gift Card to Bass Pro Shop and Personalized Medals

           2nd Place:  Clown Posse (7.54 pounds)

           Prize: Personalized Medals

 

Largest Snakehead:

           1st Place: Arrow Assault (8.4 pounds)

           Prize: $70 Gift Card to Bass Pro Shop and Personalized Medals

           2nd Place:  Snake and Bake (6.55 pounds)

           Prize: Personalized Medals

 

Junior Division

Nonnative Slam:

          1st Place: Ethan and Yves Rogge (8 species; Snakehead, Jaguar Guapote, Yellow Belly, Spotted             Tilapia, Sailfin Catfish, Tilapia, Mayan, African Jewelfish )

          Prize: $25 Gift Card/ Personalized Medal

          2nd Place: Flash fishing (5 species; Mayan, Pike Killifish, Jaguar Guapote, Black Acara,                       Spotted Tilapia)

          Prize: Personalized Medals

 

Largest Nonnative Fish (not including the Snakehead):

1st Place:  My2Jrs (Tilapia; 3.8 pounds)

            Prize: $25 Gift Card/ Personalized Medal

2nd Place: Ethan and Yves Rogge (Tilapia; 3.0 pounds)

            Prize: Personalized Medals

 

Most weight of Nonnative Fish (not including the Snakehead):

1st Place: My2Jrs (34.2 pounds)

            Prize: $25 Gift Card/ Personalized Medal

2nd Place: Ethan and Yves Rogge (31.11 pounds)

            Prize: Personalized Medals

 

Most weight of Snakeheads:

           1st Place: Ethan and Yves Rogge (16.4 pounds)

           Prize: $25 Gift Card/ Personalized Medal

 

Largest Snakehead:

           1st Place: Ethan and Yves Rogge (6.3 pounds)

 


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