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Saturday, Mar 28, 2015
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Gone fishin’

BY HEATHER FRANCIS Hernando Today correspondent

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If you’d rather be fishing, grab your rod and reel and head toward Bayport for the fifth annual Hogan Law Firm charity fishing tournament.

It’s sure to be a great day of fun and flats fishing, all benefiting the local HPH Hospice organization.

Participants in the fishing tournament will compete as a boat team to win cash prizes, trophies and a year’s worth of bragging rights.

More than 50 anglers vied for prizes at last year’s tournament. The first-place angler team won a trophy and cash prize of $1,000. Second-place team winners won $500, and third-place team winners won $150. Last year’s tourney raised more than $19,000 for the benefit of HPH Hospice. So far, almost $60,000 total has been raised over the previous four year’s tournaments.

Lisa Morgan, tournament spokeswoman for the Hogan Law Firm, said, “The Hogan Law Firm values our community and has made it a priority to contribute to many worthy local organizations and events.

In 2009, we wanted to do more and began developing a signature event that would make a significant, positive impact right here in our community. As the idea for the fishing tournament took shape, we recognized the importance of choosing a recipient organization, and we agreed Hernando Pasco Hospice was a perfect fit.”

“For thirty years, HPH has delivered compassion and dignity to end-of-life patients and peace of mind for their families. HPH has touched the lives of many individuals and families across Hernando, Pasco and Citrus counties by meeting needs at an uncertain and difficult time. The Hogan Law Firm is proud to support Hernando Pasco Hospice as it continues to provide care and comfort to its patients and support to their families. We hope to continue this tradition and the Hogan Law Firm Annual Fishing Tournament for many years to come,” said Morgan.

The fishing tournament registration and breakfast begins at 7 a.m., cast off starts at 8 a.m., with fishing ending at 3 p.m. Registration is $100 per angler and includes a gift bag, a tournament shirt and three meals for the day.

Anglers need to have their own boat, bait and tackle. Scores for the tournament will be tallied for each boat’s team and not as individual anglers. Each team’s score is calculated by adding the total inches in length of legal fish caught and dividing that sum by the number of anglers in the boat. The tournament prizes will be awarded to teams by the highest average inches in length of fish.

An awards banquet and ceremony, catered by Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q, will be held following the tournament, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Coast Guard Auxiliary Building, located at 4340 Calienta St., in Hernando Beach. All registered anglers and their families are welcome to attend.

For more info, contact The Hogan Law Firm at (352) 799-8423 or visit hlf-fishingtournament .com.

Heather Francis is a correspondent for Hernando Today. She can be reached at

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