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East Central Forum Bash Hits 10-Year Anniversary

Florida Sportsman members met for food, fun and fishing at Long Point Park.

With as many outdoorsmen and women on the Florida Sportsman forums, it's no surprise that the FS community regularly plans local “bashes” where family and friends come together to camp, fish, eat and have some fun.

The East Central fishing community had their first Bash a decade ago. This year, the Oct. 20 to 23 Bash at Long Point Park near Melbourne Beach marked their 11th annual event. The setting was perfect alongside the Indian River Lagoon, with Sebastian Inlet just a short boat ride south.

Saturday night dinner was a mix of fried cobia, dolphin and tuna in bread crumbs and peanut oil.

“To everyone that made it out to this one, a big thank you!” said Florida Sportsman member Triple Threat 33T. Many members booked camp sites for the weekend to participate in a host of different activities including a sandbar bash, potluck dinner, horseshoe challenge and fishing challenge. The not-so-little secret is all the delicious seafood cooked at these events. Nobody left without a smile.

“If you had even half as much fun as my family and I did, you'll be there for the next one,” said Triple Threat 33T. “I can't tell you what a pleasure it was to meet so many members for the first time and I can't wait for the next opportunity to get together with everyone again. Once a year just won't cut it, we've got to do these more often.”

Top prize winners as part of the fishing challenge.

There is plenty of planning involved to make these weekend events happen, and Triple Threat 33T was one of the first members to thank fellow Florida Sportsman member and moderator Docked Wages for organizing “the whole thing and putting together a great schedule of events and really fun fishing tournament format.”

To see the entire planning process, check out the Bash thread. And to see what you missed, check out some of the fun photos from the event.

This month it was East Central members, but next month it could be your part of the state. Check out the regional forums to see if your section has anything planned, or even take the initiative organize a bash event yourself.

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