The Florida Outdoor Writers Association (FOWA) announced at a ceremony on Friday, August 23 at River Ranch Resort in Polk County that Punta Gorda resident and longtime outdoor writer, Capt. Ralph Allen, was the recipient of several awards for outdoor writing. For the second year in a row, Capt. Allen’s long-running weekly column in Waterline Magazine won first place recognition in the statewide competition as the best outdoor-oriented newspaper column. One of his Waterline columns (Titled “Fishing From A Cruise Ship?”) won first place in the competition for best travel/destination article. An article by Capt. Allen titled “Elissa’s Day” which appeared in Florida Sportsman Magazine garnered first place honors in a competition for the best outdoor article involving family participation.
Capt. Allen is a long time Punta Gorda resident who operates King Fisher Fleet, which offers charter fishing and sightseeing tour boats out of Fishermen’s Village. Founded in 1954, FOWA is the nation’s oldest state outdoor writers association. FOWA’s mission, “Through ever-improving our communication skills . . . to heighten the education of all outdoor participants in the areas of conservation, safety, participation and environmental issues” is as important today as it was over 50 years ago. For information about FOWA see www.fowa.org.
King Fisher Fleet offers seven cruises including daylong cruises to the islands of Cayo Costa and Cabbage Key, half-day river and harbor cruises, short afternoon and sunset cruises, and Christmas Light Canal Cruises. King Fisher Fleet also offers charter fishing with some of the best fishing guides in southwest Florida, departing every day from Fishermen’s Village Marina. Gift certificates for cruises as well as for fishing charters are available at the King Fisher office.
Voted “Best Charter Boats in Charlotte County” every year 1996-2012, Sun-Herald poll
Voted Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Business of the Year 2009
Voted Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year 2010