7th Annual Lines in the Lagoon

Junior Fishing Tournament

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Lines in at 7:00 am and Lines out at 2:00 pm

Final Photo Submission is 2:30 pm

(Rain Date: Sunday, October 4, 2020)

Indian River County

                                                        Early Registration: April 1, 2021 - August 15, 2021  Fee: $20.00

                                                                    Regular Registration: August 16, 2021   Fee:  $30.00


Slots are limited to the first 125 anglers

Registration includes a wristband (which must be worn while fishing and attending the Awards Ceremony), fishing registration, T-Shirt, Goody Bag and a complimentary dinner at the Awards Ceremony

All fishing must take place in the Indian River Lagoon by boat, on a dock or seawall



3209 Dodger Road, Vero Beach, FL


3:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Every Angler must have a wristband to enter the event and have access to the buffet.


Welcome to the Lines in the Lagoon Junior Fishing Tournament


    Our goal is to raise awareness about the health of our endangered Indian River Lagoon. This tournament brings together young people who are passionate about making our waterways clean and safe for all marine life. By drawing attention to this urgent cause, then we might truly make a difference in saving the Indian River Lagoon for future generations.


Lines in the Lagoon is a fishing tournament planned by and created for youth. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of the decline of the health of the Indian River Lagoon and to give area youth a way to be involved, to be part of the solution to help save it.


This annual event is open to all the youth in the community and will hopefully help educate participants about sport fishing as well as the lagoon in a fun atmosphere. Immediately following the tournament, prizes will be awarded at a FUN casual dinner (dress: flip-flops and shorts). The dinner and other fun activities will be held at: TBD



Because of its unique geographical location, the Indian River Lagoon is one of the most bio-diverse estuaries in North America and home to over 2100 species of plants and over 2200 species of animals. It provides habitat for the most diverse bird population anywhere in America and

nearly one third of the nation’s manatees live or migrate through the lagoon annually.


It also serves as the spawning grounds for over 700 species of ocean and lagoon fish and shellfish populations. Ocean species of fish that spawn and mature in the Indian River Lagoon range as far north as the Chesapeake Bay.


The lagoon is an important economically as well. The total estimated annual economic value of the lagoon is $3.7 billion, supporting 15,000 full and part-time jobs and providing recreational opportunities for 11 million people per year.



With no significant industry to blame, the documented decline of the Indian River Lagoon can be traced primarily to non point source pollution. Storm water runoff, sewage spills, leaky septic tanks, fertilizers and pesticides are just a few of the suspected sources of pollution.


Present day efforts to identify sources of pollution rely predominately on hand sampling that only provides a snapshot of the area sampled. This information is then distributed to the public in formats that are often difficult for non-scientists to understand.


The Ocean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA)

ORCA is working to change the way information is obtained and presented. Monitoring and mapping pollution are the best ways for us to understand all of the attacks on our diverse water habitats so we can find the right solution for each environmental challenge. By using the science-based technologies, that ORCA has developed to identify pollutants, they can be controlled or eliminated and nature can be restored. 


Coastal Conservation Association of Florida (CCA Florida) 

CCA is a conservation association working on behalf of recreational anglers and their interests. The organization supports many habitat restoration projects including the establishment of a marsh grass planting program that increased the frequency of the current mangrove planting projects in the

Indian River Lagoon. 

Part of the proceeds from this event will go to the help support the research ORCA is conducting in the Indian River Lagoon. All three organizations are 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations and contribution made for this event are tax deductible as allowed by law.