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Fishing tournament will benefit Tarpon Springs Boys and Girls Club

TARPON SPRINGS — The third annual Yianni Patterson Memorial Snook Tournament will be held today and Saturday.

The tournament is sponsored by the Anclote Key Anglers Inc. and proceeds will benefit the Tarpon Springs Boys and Girls Club.

A captains meeting will be held at 7 p.m. today at the Boys and Girls Club at 111 W Lime St. Fishing will start immediately afterward.

All competitors must return to the Boys and Girls Club by 3 p.m. Saturday.

Cost is $60 per angler and cash prizes will be awarded to anglers with the biggest snook in inches. It's a photograph and release tournament. First through fifth place will be recognized.

The tournament is held in honor of John Charles "Yianni" Patterson, a lifelong Tarpon Springs resident who died in 2007 at age 37.

Patterson was a volunteer for the Tarpon Springs Boys and Girls Club and the Shepherd Center. He also helped cook and prepare food for Meals-On-Wheels.

The city gave Patterson an award for bravery after he prevented a woman from being accosted in a parking lot. He held the suspect down until police arrived.

Patterson loved to fish.

"He was loved by everybody," said Tommy Mahinis, the tournament's director. "The tournament was started to keep his memory going."

Reach Demorris A. Lee at dalee@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4154.

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Remember Yianni

The third annual Yianni Patterson Memorial Snook Tournament will take place today and Saturday in Tarpon Springs. For more information, call (727) 510-7717.

Fishing tournament will benefit Tarpon Springs Boys and Girls Club 10/21/10 [Last modified: Thursday, October 21, 2010 8:08pm]
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