Fud’s Red Snapper Slapper ready to roll out June 4

Special to The Log

Now in its third year, the Fudpucker’s Fishing Series has a new tournament in the lineup — Red Snapper Slapper.

With the opening of red snapper season set June 1 in federal waters, Fudpucker’s on Okaloosa Island is hosting a one-day tournament on June 4.

A mandatory captain’s meeting is set for 6 p.m. June 3 at Fud’s on the Island and fishing may start as soon as the meeting ends. The scales located behind Fud’s on the Island will be open from 3 to 7 p.m. June 4, with a fish fry to follow.

Entry fee for the tournament is set at $150 per boat, with 20 percent of each entry being donated to Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance to enhance habitat in Choctawhatchee Bay. Fudpucker’s will also host a raffle for a Gusu paddle board, with proceeds benefitting this cause.

CBA’s OPERATION RESTORATION: Save Our Bay program promotes community involvement and collaboration to improve habitat in Choctawhatchee Bay through the construction of oyster reefs. CBA’s oyster reefs, comprised of oyster shells recycled from local restaurants, provide habitat to a variety of species and organisms that live in Choctawhatchee Bay. Offering shelter, nutrients and easy access to several tiers of the food chain, the reefs are critical to the overall health of the Bay. Additionally, one adult oyster is capable of filtering 50 gallons of water in a single day. This improves surrounding water clarity and quality, which promotes the growth and sustainability of the Bay’s seagrass beds.

“The oyster reefs, the improved seagrass habitat and water quality are vital components in CBA’s restoration of the Bay, and they should be important to anyone who enjoys fishing in our local waters, since 80 percent of fisheries species caught in the Gulf spend part of their life cycle in an estuary like Choctawhatchee Bay,” says CBA Director Alison McDowell.

“Having fished this area for over 30 years it became obvious that our Bay was in need of help,” said Chester Kroeger of Fudpucker’s.

“No other organization does as much to enhance the quality of our waters than CBA. From planting native grasses and constructing oyster reefs to restore the Bay’s shorelines, to the incredible educational opportunities they provide to our children … I feel this organization deserves my support, and the support of the community. I look forward to many years of helping this great organization contribute to the sustainability of the vital resource that Choctawhatchee Bay is,” Kroeger said.

Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance is a nonprofit organization responsible for sustaining healthy local waterways through monitoring, education, restoration and research. For 20 years, CBA has promoted water stewardship within the Choctawhatchee watershed, growing the network of supporters who join in CBA’s mission to provide a future for these precious, natural resources. For more information, visit- www.basinalliance.org

For more information about the tournament, including registration, visit- http://www.fudpucker.com/fishing-series/