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Updated: 03/13/2014 02:59:32PM

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SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

James Guelfi, at left, of Rotondo wins a goodie bag filled with gifts and money-saving coupons after Robert Davis draws his lucky ticket at the inaugural Feed the Hungry Trout Scramble, held Saturday at the Fishery Restaurant in Placida.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Diners line up for the pig roast at January's inaugural Feed the Hungry Trout Scramble, sponsored by WaterLine Weekly Magazine.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

From left, Jodi Sullivan and Lisa Heid, both of Punta Gorda, look over the unique items available at owner Lee Rossignol's Sail Again Bags & Totes of Nokomis, one of the many vendors on hand adding to the festive atmosphere at the Feed the Hungry Trout Scramble, a food-raiser for the Port Charlotte Salvation Army.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Alternate Route provides the musical entertainment for those attending Saturday's Feed the Hungry Trout Scramble, which included a pig roast, courtesy of the Fishery Restaurant in Placida.

SUN PHOTO BY BETSY WILLIAMS

Standing on the front of the boat, Justin Mcerlane was ready to hand off the chip to register the take-off time for his team, "JawannaBob."

SUN PHOTO BY BETSY WILLIAMS

Near the end of the pier (nearest to shore), Jason Blotch, David Battison and Joe Rispoli were in no hurry for the start of the trout scramble, taking the opportunity to soak up some sun and practice dropping a line.

SUN PHOTO BY BETSY WILLIAMS

Ken Boudreau of Osprey, in the middle of the boat, sits back and waits for the start of the trout scramble. He teamed up with P.J. Nelson, standing in front, and Andy Boudreau from North Port for the fishing event.

SUN PHOTO BY BETSY WILLIAMS

Teams of two and four per boat came to Placida from all over for Saturday's Feed the Hungry Trout Scramble, sponsored by WaterLine Weekly Magazine, to benefit The Salvation Army.

WaterLine photo by Josh Olive

All weighed trout were gutted at the judges' station to ensure no weights had been added.

WaterLine photo by Josh Olive

Three coolers full of fish on their way to the Placida Fish Market for processing.

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What do WaterLine Editor Lee Anderson and I know about organizing a fishing tournament? Well, I can guarantee you we know a lot more about than we did this time last week.

Last Saturday’s “Feed the Hungry” Trout Scramble was a resounding success. As we expected, there were a couple of things that went wrong. But what we didn’t expect was that those problems would be the result of too many people wanting to take part.

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