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FAB FIVE Family Fishing Tournament
The City of Ocoee and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will be teaming up once again to host a family fishing event as part of the Founder’s Day activities. The event will run at the Ocoee Lakefront from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday, October 26. Everything about the event is FREE and no pre-registration is necessary!
The fishing will occur at the boat ramp boat docks and the fishing pier. Bait and tackle will be provided compliments of the FWC’s Fish Orlando program. Raffle prizes will be drawn from the stage closest to the boat ramp at 12:15 pm. All kids who fish will receive a participatory ribbon. FREE event T-shirts will be handed to event participants as long as supplies last. Headquarters for the event will be on Lakeshore Drive right next to the boat ramp.
Fish Orlando! “Bringing Quality Fishing to Families”
The FAB FIVE Family Fishing Event is always a highlight of the cooperation between the City of Ocoee and the FWC’s Fish Orlando program! Fish Orlando’s mission statement is to provide and promote quality fishing opportunities in the greater Orlando area. Ocoee became part of the program in 1999 when Starke Lake was named a Fish Orlando FAB FIVE water body. The FAB FIVE are five water bodies in the greater Orlando area managed for quality-size fish (See the informational kiosks at the Ocoee lakefront to find out the other FAB FIVE water bodies).
Over the past decade, Starke Lake has been renovated to make it better for fishermen. The FWC has removed nuisance aquatic vegetation and replanted plants favorable to fish and wildlife. They have built a fishing pier equipped with fish feeders that distribute fish feed three times in the morning and evening, and constructed fishing lanes so bank fishermen have a place to cast among the grass. By installing fish attractors made of oak brush, it is easier for fishermen to find the fish, and stocking baitfish has helped to grow bigger bass. FWC has spend hundreds of thousands of dollars cleaning up the water going into the lake to give Central Florida families memorable fishing experiences.
Come on out and see the work yourself while having some good old-fashioned family fishing fun. The fish are usually cooperative, and almost no one goes away from the event without a smile on their face.