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Tournament News - March 3, 2011
Published by, Inc.

It’s that time of year again; football season is over, the weather is warming up, boats are going to the yard, so let’s go fishing!

The 2011 Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic is just around the corner; our dates are May 31 through June 5, 2011. This year, we will be utilizing both Venice Marina and Cypress Cove Marina, with tournament headquarters located at the newly refurbished Cypress Cove Marina and Lodge, under the new ownership of Rene Cross with long-time harbor master, Mike Ballay still with him.

We have decided to maintain our lower entry fee, $1250.00 (if paid prior to April 1, 2011) and have expanded our Optional Entries to include $500.00, $1000.00, $2000.00, $3000.00, and $5000.00 levels—something for everybody to play and win more money. Additionally, boats may depart from any Gulf of Mexico port, but must video their departure with a time and date stamp—please video your GPS screen showing both time and location.

Starting Tuesday, May 31, our dock party will be hosted by Cypress Cove Marina, with food provided by the new Harbor Seafood and Oyster Bar at Cypress Cove. Lots of great Cajun food, adult beverages, and in general, a good ole time should be had by all. Come early, your taste buds will be glad you did.

Tournament registration is Wednesday, June 1, from 2:00 pm until 7:00 pm, immediately followed by our Kick-Off Party. Yes, the good people at Acme Oyster House will be serving loads of their wonderful food along with that world-famous bread pudding---a feast not to be missed! Every year, Acme tries to outdo themselves---and their food just keeps getting better and better—don’t miss it.

Thursday, June 2, will see our annual Hangover Clinic with Bloody Mary’s and strong coffee for those that had too much fun at our Kick-Off Party. Yes, the spicy TABASCO™ Bloody Mary mix will be on hand to add a little kick to your step.

Boats may depart any Gulf port, Thursday, June 2 at 4:00 pm, with fishing starting at 12:01 am Friday morning and continuing until 4:00 pm, Saturday, June 4. Boats must be inside the cut to Cypress Cove Marina and checked in via radio no later than 7:00 pm, Saturday, June 4 to return release videos or weigh-in fish.

Saturday, June 4, we will again host our “after-fishing party” with even more wonderful food from Acme Oyster House, loads of adult beverages, and a general good time to relax, have fun, and tell fish stories.

Sunday morning, June 5, we will be presenting BIG checks, UPGRADED trophies and of course, our signature TABASCO Bloody Mary’s. Strong coffee will also be available for those in need.

We would like to thank both our new and returning sponsors and ask you to please support them as they truly offer the best products and services available.

This year marks our 5th year as a qualifying event for the I.G.F.A. Offshore World Championship with our Top Boat (Based on total Billfish Points) receiving an invitation to fish against teams from around the world in this classic event.

Our 2011 Entry Forms are available online and now is the time to get your entry in prior to April 1 and be eligible to win a free entry fee. Also, please remember that slip reservations can only be made with a paid entry form. If you have fished our tournament in the past, you know about the good times in Venice; if you have not fished our tournament, come join the party in Venice!

Looking forward to seeing you on the docks in Venice,

Steve Thomas
Tournament Director
Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic

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