Celebrating 50 Years In Glades County
MOORE HAVEN, FL. -- Despite a break one year, Moore Haven will host the 50TH annual Chalo Nitka Big Bass Tournament Saturday, February 27 at Alvin Ward Park.
Purported to be the oldest fishing tournament in Florida, according to Florida Sportsman magazine, the Chalo Nitka Big Bass Tournament harkens back to the days before the �catch and release� rules were established, when strings of bass an arm lengh�s across were displayed during the Chalo Nitka Festival itself and live bait was not a dirty word among professional anglers.
The tournament will get underway February 27 from safe light until 1 p.m. There is no age limit, anyone can fish, but each person on the boat must pay an entry fee. First place is $1200, Second, $700, Third, $400, down to $100 for seventh place.The angler weighing in the biggest bass and wearing a 2010 Chalo Nitka t-shirt will win an additional $100.
A Critter Division is sponsored by Ahern�s BP, giving the angler who brings in the largest Mudfish, Garr or Catfish to win $100. All of the money received for this event is used for event prize payback, polygraph testing and a portion of proceeds will go to Project Graduation at Moore Haven High School.