CHARLOTTE HARBOR & THE GULF ISLANDS, Fla. (Jan. 11, 2016) – As the saying goes, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” The same can be said for showing a teenager how to fish and arming him with skills to carry him into adulthood. Last summer Drake, a fatherless teen from the Tampa Bay area, was selected by the Majesty Outdoors Foundation as a TideChanger to embark on a one-of-a-kind outdoor adventure to fish for monster fish in the waters of Charlotte Harbor. In addition to the memories of landing the catch of a lifetime, Drake received a college scholarship from the Majesty Outdoors Foundation. The heartwarming experience starring Drake will air in Season 7, Episode 4 of Majesty Outdoors Television which begins airing Jan. 19 at 9:30 a.m. on the Pursuit Channel.
Under the mentorship of Majesty Outdoors host Bill Blodgett and Englewood fishing guide Capt. Chris O’Neill, Drake fishes for goliath grouper which can weigh up to 700 pounds. Since 1990, harvesting and possessing goliath grouper in state and federal waters off Florida has been prohibited.
"It's an honor being part of the Majesty Outdoors experience and helping teenagers build confidence by introducing them to the outdoors," said Capt. Chris O'Neill, who for the third season has donated his services to Majesty Outdoors, "The transformation I saw in Drake during the course of the fishing trip was incredible. His confidence kept building with each fish hooked."
The Majesty Outdoors Foundation is a 501-c(3) non-profit working to bring awareness to the fatherless epidemic and enact change by offering fatherless teens hope, faith and the beauty of the great outdoors through providing maiden outdoors adventures. Through its mentoring program, the foundation has impacted the lives of more than 3,000 fatherless children. Since Majesty Outdoors Television's inception in 2009, nearly 75 teenagers have appeared on the show and all are eligible for college scholarships.
Capt. Betty Staugler, a Charlotte County Florida Sea Grant Agent, also appears in the half-hour show which features some of Charlotte Harbor's beautiful scenery and exhilarating world-class fishing in Boca Grande Pass. The episode was filmed in July and includes the Weston’s wannaB inn on Manasota Key, which served as the headquarter accommodations, and Englewood guide Capt. LeRoy Bennett of Tapout Charters assisted the crew with logistics.
In addition to operating his fishing guide service, Tail Chaser Charter Services, Capt. Chris O’Neill is the co-host of Southwest Florida’s only live from the water fishing show, the Reel Saltwater Outdoors Radio Show, and volunteers with various military and youth organizations.
Who: Drake, a fatherless teen from the Tampa Bay area, fishes Charlotte Harbor with an Englewood fishing guide during a life-changing weekend.
What: Majesty Outdoors Television
When/Where: Pursuit Channel on Dish Network and DIRECTV. Begins airing Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 9:30 a.m.
Majesty Outdoors airs:
Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.
Fridays, 6 p.m.
Saturdays, 6:30 p.m.
For additional information about Majesty Outdoors including information about nominating a teen to star on Majesty Outdoors Television: www.majestyoutdoors.org
Images of Drake with Majesty Outdoors TV host Bill Blodgett and Capt. Chris O’Neill are available for download: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mzh383t2ffiq5pw/AAAVvw5dKIpSUozhIzrrYjuKa?dl=0
Image credit: Majesty Outdoors Television
About Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
Located halfway between Tampa and Naples on the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands is a charming collection of nine coastal communities surrounding the state’s second largest harbor. Florida’s premier year-round eco-tourism destination, the area offers a pristine unspoiled beauty. In 2014 Port Charlotte was been named the top U.S. Best Value Destination by trivago, the world’s largest online hotel search site, and the Charlotte Sports Park, spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays, was voted “Best Spring Training Facility” by readers of USA TODAY. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands has been named one of SAIL magazine’s “10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States,” ranked by Golf Digest as “Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America,” and rated by MONEY magazine as one of the “Best Places to Live in the South.” Englewood was named second of the Top Ten emerging travel destinations in the U.S. by TripAdvisor.com. The area is served by five airports: The Punta Gorda Airport (PDG) with commercial, private and charter air service, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), Southwest Florida International Airport, Ft. Myers, (RSW), St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) and Tampa International Airport (TPA).
For more information on visiting Charlotte Harbor visit www.CharlotteHarborTravel.com or call1-800-652-6090.
Jennifer Huber, Tourism Public Relations Manager
Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau
Kelsey Marineau, Senior Account Executive
Aqua on behalf of Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau