GTO Airboat Tournament - a local success story

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Submitted by Bob Hudson

The GTO Airboat 13th Annual Fishing Tournament was held in Cedar Key last Saturday, May 21 and three local men won as the third place redfish team.They were the renowned fishing guide, Lloyd Collins and his novice fishing partners, Greg Lang and Bob Hudson.

It was a fun event and the GTO folks did a nice job. There were many nice prizes and lots of good food and fellowship. Most impressive was the GTO’s insistence that boaters idle their airboats when close to the public beach and shore, so as not to disturb people.

The GTO staff rented hotel rooms in Cedar Key on Friday and Saturday nights and ate in local restaurants. Many of the fisherman bought their ice, bait and fuel in Cedar Key; and several of the fishermen’s families were overheard saying they plan to come back and spend another weekend. So, the event definitely was a plus for Cedar Key.