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From The Bait Box Press Release

The Bait Box Lets Fly Its 19th Annual Esperanza Woodring Memorial Cast Net Rodeo.

The Bait Box is throwing its 19th Annual Esperanza Woodring Memorial Cast Net Rodeo on Saturday, November 3rd, 2012. Children will compete by casting nets at moving and fixed targets. Refreshments, music and a raffle are also a part of the day’s events.

Free lessons and demonstrations will be offered. Registration is free and each child will receive a prize just for competing.

All proceeds to benefit S.T.A.R.T. (Solutions to Avoid Red Tide). A non-profit organization dedicated to funding and promoting efforts to prevent, control, and mitigate red tide. “My Mom (Esperanza) would be very pleased to know we are trying to find a solution to the red tide,” says Bait Box owner Ralph Woodring.

About the Bait Box

Founded in 1971 by lifelong Sanibel resident Ralph Woodring. The Bait Box offers everything the local angler needs from the right fishing gear to the right fishing outfit. Also available are live and artificial baits and a fishing and shelling guide service. More information can be found at

About Esperanza Woodring

Born on Cayo Costa in 1901, Esperanza Woodring spent more than 75 years on the waters around Sanibel as a commercial fisher and as a fishing and shelling guide. She was a master at the art of cast netting, thus was born the Esperanza Woodring Memorial Cast Net Rodeo.

About S.T.A.R.T. (Solutions to Avoid Red Tide)

S.T.A.R.T. is a grass roots organization and is a member of the Red Tide Alliance, which is composed of Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota and Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg. This alliance focuses on developing programs that monitor, control, and mitigate red tide. More information can be found at

For more information, please contact Joe Spaulding or Kitty Slocum at (239) 472–3939 or by email at or

Click here for the 2012 Cast Net Rodeo flyer

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