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Kingfish Tournament keeps eye on Tropical Storm Chantal

6:27 PM, Jul 9, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Weather is always a factor when it comes to fishing, but one the upcoming Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament has a tropical storm that could spell some problems.

Tropical Storm Chantal is on the radar of tournament organizers who are preparing for next weeks event.  The annual tournament is expected to draw 300 boats next Thursday's tournament.

"We are watching," said tournament director Roger Walker. 

Walker believes bad weather will stay to the south and not interfere with the first day of fishing, the Redneck VIP Tournament, which is set for Tuesday, July 18.

Backup plans are part of any outdoor event with Kingfish Tournament looking ahead as well.

"We do have contingency plans. Basically we can back the tournament up by as much as two days," said Walker. 

The Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament is one of the largest of its kind in the Southeast.  Last year 272 boats participated in the general tournament.

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