In May of 2000, Florida Disabled Anglers (FDA) was created because of the need for such an organization in Central Florida to enable persons with disabilities the opportunity to participate in a quality fishing event on a regular basis throughout the year. From the first tournament that witnessed 3 disabled anglers, we have grown in size and popularity to several times as many anglers participating in the tournament trail. FDA is still in the growing stages, and there is room for anyone wishing to join our family for a lot of fun and great fellowship.
FDA organizes six Bass fishing
tournaments each year on Central Florida lakes. A disabled angler is
paired with an able-bodied boat captain.
However, even though the two fish together, their catches are kept
separate because each is fishing in a different division. The
disabled angler competes with the other disabled, as the boat
captains compete with the other captains. The anglers are allowed to
choose their partner in advance or pick one on the morning of the
tournament. Anglers in the same division are allowed to fish
together provided one of them has a boat. Each participant pays a
tournament entry fee of $40, which includes $5 for the Big Bass
purse for each event and $10 goes to the Classic. Anglers are allowed a limit of three Largemouth
Bass each. 100% of all fees collected are paid back to the top
finishers in each division. The angler in each division
earning the most points is awarded the honor of being “Angler of the
Year”. Even though Florida Disabled Anglers includes this
sense of competition, the main objective is still to provide quality
fishing to those who otherwise would not be able to or would have
difficulty participating in such an event. The objective word we
like to use is FUN; and that’s what everyone has, and it can
be seen in the smiles on their faces. It is a joy that is shared by
the disabled and captains alike.