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Rock the Dock in Panacea This Weekend

May 19, 2010

The community of Panacea wants to invite you to the Rock the Dock Annual Fishing Tournament May 22-23. With the current oil leak, small fishing communities are relying on your continued support to make it thru with all the seafood misconceptions out there. Because of these false impressions, our state’s commercial fishing industry is suffering an economic blow. We want to provide consumers with a clearer picture of the current situation and ease apprehensions.  Supporting working waterfront communities is a great way to stimulate local economy.

You can register online for the fishing tournament by going here. The categories are masters, recreation, kayak and youth. There is a mandatory Captain’s meeting for all tournament entrants on Friday night at the Panacea Harbor Marina. Dinner and entertainment will be provided.

Panacea is an historic fishing and tourist waterfront village located along Dickerson Bay in Wakulla County between the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge and Apalachicola National Forest southwest of the state capitol of Tallahassee. The establishment of Panacea began with the Panacea Mineral Springs, a concentration of small sulphurous springs known for their ‘healing attributes.’ There were hotels, restaurants, health spas, baths, bottled water for drinking, boardwalks, piers and pavilions over the bay, all oriented around the healing power of the springs and bringing prosperity until the Depression. Most of the development was destroyed by a hurricane in 1928.

For generations commercial fishermen have landed their catches at Rock Landing. The commercial fishing culture has been impacted by the net ban legislation, and the hundreds of boats that once landed there have been reduced greatly. The remaining fishermen still land their catches of blue crab, oysters, pink and white shrimp, mullet, trout, and grouper at the county’s Rock Landing dock.

The money raised by the fishing tournament will go to support working waterfronts in Panacea and a docking facility at Rock Landing. You can learn about some of Florida’s other working waterfronts by clicking here.

DIVISONS, FISH CATEGORIES, AND PRIZES


MASTERS DIVISION
Limited to the largest, by weight – Cash prizes will be awarded for each fish category
Amberjack  –  Cobia  –  Grouper (Excluding Warsaw)  –  King Mackerel
1st place – $1,000
2nd place – $500
3rd place – $300

RECREATIONAL DIVISION
Limited to the largest, by weight – Cash prizes will be awarded for each fish category
Amberjack  –  Cobia  –  Flounder  –  Grouper (Excluding Warsaw)
King Mackerel  –  Red Fish  –  Spanish Mackerel  –  Trout
1st place – $500
2nd place – $200
3rd place – $100

KAYAK DIVISION
Limited to the largest, by weight – Cash prizes will be awarded for each fish category
Flounder  –  Red Fish  –  Trout
1st place – $500
2nd place – $200
3rd place – $100

YOUTH DIVISION
Limited to the largest, by weight – Trophies will be awarded for each fish category
Amberjack  –  Cobia  –  Flounder  –  Grouper (Excluding Warsaw)
King Mackerel  –  Spanish Mackerel  –  Trout
1st place – Trophy
2nd place – Trophy
3rd place – Trophy

Panacea offers delicious Florida seafood at many local restaurants. So while you are in town for the fishing tournament, be sure and sample the local fare. Hope to see you in Panacea this weekend for “Rock the Dock!”

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One Comment leave one →
  1. John Easley permalink
    May 20, 2010 1:16 pm

    Good job on the background information. I didn’t know about the springs before.

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