Join Bay Baits for the first annual Bay Baits Family Fishing Tournament and Party on Saturday Nov 4! All proceeds benefiting Food for Thought and The Sonder Project. Bay Baits Fishing Tournament: 7am Weigh in begins at 4pm Bay Baits Grand Opening Party: 4pm Music food, raffle, silent auction, drinks, football and good times. Read SoWal.com feature story about Bay Baits, South Walton's new bait and tackle store near Pilcher Park fishing dock at the 331 Bridge (excerpt regarding Nov 4 events below): Bay Baits Grand Opening and Fishing Tournament Nov 4 | SoWal.com Although Bay Baits opened this past May, they are planning quite a Grand Opening shindig on Nov. 4th. On this day they will have their first annual Bay Baits Benefit, a family fishing tournament/party which will benefit two local charities, The Sonder Project and Food for Thought. There will be several species categories - trout, redfish, flounder, and catfish allowed at weigh-in with two entry divisions, Adult and Child. Individual entry fees will be $25/entry (fee includes lunch, goody bag and raffle ticket) with fishing allowed anywhere on Choctawhatchee Bay. Hooks may enter the water no earlier than 7 a.m. Weigh-ins will begin at Bay Baits beginning at 4 p.m. The first-place winner in each category will receive a $250 gift card to Bay Baits with the second-place winners taking home $100 gift certificates to Bay Baits. The benefit party will go from 4-8 p.m. and will include music, food, raffle items, a silent auction and drinks. Beer will be sponsored by Grayton Beer Company, food will be sponsored by Grayton Beach Catering, and music will be provided by the Graytones. Party food and drinks are included in the entry fee. Or, if you’re not fishing, food and drinks are available by donation. Registration can be made online at www.baybaits.com or at the Bay Baits store. “We are going to have a LOT of prizes and we are also going to have two large tailgate TV’s set up so people can watch football…we don’t want people to miss an event because of football,” laughs Phillip. “We want to be known as the ‘go to’ spot for bay fishing. Our staff is very well versed in fishing of all kinds (fly, bay, gulf, etc.). We take pride in helping everyone who comes in. We can help coach people on all levels. Going into some bait and tackle shops can be very intimidating. We will put people at ease and help them be excited about their fishing experience. All our tackle has been used by us, so we can talk about it. Our staff members update our Facebook posts with the latest information regarding fishing in this area.” For more information, to register for the tournament, or to just talk fishing, call 850-278-6292. Hours: 6 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 6 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday-Sunday. Address: 24295 U.S. Hwy. 331 South (next to Kathleen’s Kottage, just south of The Bay Restaurant). Web: www.baybaits.com.