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At C.C. Marine, that speckled perch could be a prize winner

Time to measure up.

At C.C. Marine, a bait and tackle shop at 3702 Land O'Lakes Blvd., longtime owner Allie Cone always has a challenge for the local anglers, especially in the winter months.

Catch a speckled perch, bring it in, measure it and if it's the biggest one of the month, it's a prize winner.

"The speck is more prominent during these months, so it's always a nice way to see what everyone is catching," Cone said. The number of entries varies each month, and has gone as high as 100.

However, Cone said the numbers have been down as fishing in the area has decreased because of the rocky economy. But he still sees fish brought in from Land O'Lakes, Lutz, Wesley Chapel, and even all the way from Zephyrhills, to his bait shop that has been in the area for 22 years.

The entry fee is $1 per fish and contestants can enter as often as they wish.

But some just don't want to give up their catch.

"There are a lot of people who are more interested in the meal than the money," Cone said with a laugh. "Speck is one of the best tasting freshwater fish … but I've never seen it this slow, but I'm sure we'll see it pick up again."

For more information, call the store at (813) 996-2628.

SOFTBALL: Super Sports & Scuba of New Port Richey's men's 50 and over softball team competed in the Half Century Men's Softball Tournament in Lakeland from Nov. 8-9, taking home the title.

The team also played in the Half Century Softball Tournament in Cocoa Beach from July 19-20, taking that title as well. Players include Mike Nisi, Mark Eisner, Charley Kaferlein, Buck Johnston, Ken Petrillo, Wally Granger, Dave Lyons, Steve Roach, Sal Gualimi, Chuck Thibault, D.L. Latimer, John Hayes, John Cody, John Miller, Kevin Jacobs and Sam DeSimone.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS: Hernando County Special Olympics hosts bocce ball at Deltona Woods Park in Spring Hill. Practices will be Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.

The group is also holding track and field at Springstead High that started Jan. 10 and will be from 1 to 4 p.m. New coordinator Sine (pronounced Sheena) Murphy is looking for coaches and volunteers to help, or she will have to fold the sport until next season.

For more information, contact Murphy at (813) 918-7391.

BASKETBALL/VOLLEYBALL: Faith Presbyterian Church in Brooksville will host a three-on-three men's league starting Jan. 25. Teams will play at the church gym at 200 Mount Fair Ave.

The church will also start a volleyball league for those in high school and older on Feb. 9, with games also played in the gym.

For more information on either league, contact recreational director Drew Taylor at (352) 584-7716:

SOFTBALL: Pasco Parks and Recreation is hosting the 2009 Adult Softball League at Holiday Recreation Complex at 2830 Gulf Trace Blvd. in Holiday and Veterans Memorial Park at 14333 Hicks Road in Hudson.

Registration begins Monday at 1 p.m. at $375 per team. The deadline is Feb. 4 and there will be a men's, women's, church and co-ed divisions. The season will include 10 regular-season games and a postseason.

For more information, call (727) 942-7439 or (727) 934-4138.

RUNNING: The seventh annual Chasco Main Street Mile will be March 21 at noon, starting at the Schwettman Education Center on Grand Boulevard in New Port Richey.

Participants must register by Feb. 27. The cost is $12 for 17 and under, $17 for adults and $20 on race day. Each participant will receive a medal.

Checks can be made to Gulf High School Athletic Booster Club and mailed to 5636 Alto Ave., Port Richey, 34668.

For more information, call Gulf High at (727) 774-3300.

Submit upcoming events, registrations, information to communitysports@tampabay.com.

At C.C. Marine, that speckled perch could be a prize winner 01/12/09 [Last modified: Monday, January 12, 2009 4:11pm]
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