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DeSoto Fishing Tournament: Catch a fish, catch a Pokémon

Offshore check-in for the 20th annual DeSoto Fishing Tournament started Friday. The tournament runs throughout the weekend.
Offshore check-in for the 20th annual DeSoto Fishing Tournament started Friday. The tournament runs throughout the weekend. PHOTO PROVIDED

Catch a fish, catch a Pokémon.

The DeSoto Fishing Tournament has everybody covered this weekend.

The 20th annual tournament by the Hernando De Soto Historical Society runs through Sunday evening at Tarpon Pointe Marina in Bradenton.

The Pee Wee Tournament, for children ages 5 through 12, will begin at 9:30 a.m. Before the tournament starts, a Pokémon Go “Lure” will be activated. Pokémon Go is an augmented reality app that launched last week and became an instant craze. The lure will be active for 30 minutes and other lures may be dropped throughout the weekend.

“We thought it would be fun to let the kids catch some Pokémon before they start catching some fish,” event co-Chairman Scott Toedman said in a statement.

The spearfish contest, followed by the shotgun start for anglers, starts at 7 a.m. Saturday. The cornhole tournament starts at noon. Spearfish shootout weigh-ins begin at 4 p.m. followed by awards at 7 p.m. Live music runs from 5-9 p.m. Saturday.

Junior division weigh-ins are scheduled for 11 a.m. Sunday followed by the inshore division weigh-ins at noon and offshore division weigh-ins at 2 p.m.. The awards presentation and celebration featuring live music begins at 3 p.m.

The Hernando de Soto Historical Society Inc. is a not-for-profit community organization whose volunteer members celebrate the historical significance of Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto’s landing near the mouth of the Manatee River in May 1539. The events support various local charities and other organizations.

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