The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) is excited to be partnering with Whitney’s Bait & Tackle to host a casting competition at The Watch Party on Sept. 30. The event, which is now sold out, will support SCCF’s community-based marine conservation and volunteer program Coastal Watch.


During The Watch Party, guests will go head-to-head with Whitney to have their name put on the Golden Rod Trophy — an honor reserved for only the ‘Ultimate Caster.’ The first hour will serve as the qualifying round, where fishermen try to cast their line as close to the target as possible. The five best casters will compete against each other for the chance to go against Whitney for the trophy. The finalists will be introduced to surprises and challenges along the way to the final showdown.

In addition to Whitney’s Bait & Tackle, SCCF is excited to receive support for The Watch Party from South Seas Island Resort and Valerie Tutor, Kingfisher Real Estate, which were named Watch Sponsors.


“Conservation can’t happen in a vacuum, which is why SCCF is proud to be backed by so many businesses in our Sanibel community,” said CEO James Evans. “We’re grateful to be furthering our alliances with South Seas, Valerie Tutor, and Whitney’s Bait & Tackle.”


About SCCF: Founded in 1967, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation’s mission is to protect and care for Southwest Florida’s coastal ecosystems through its focus on Water Quality Research, Policy and Advocacy, Sea Turtles and Shorebirds, Native Landscaping, Habitat and Wildlife Management, and Environmental Education. SCCF’s Coastal Watch is dedicated to preserving Southwest Florida’s estuaries and oceans for future generations — a mission it carries out with the help of committed volunteers who execute projects such as mangrove planting, oyster gardening, and beach litter cleanup.