For the past five years, legen-dary blues musician Taj Mahal has combined his two loves — fishin’ and the blues —to create a unique tourna-ment/celebration of music in the name of char-ity.
The 5th annual Taj Mahal Fishin’ Blues Tournament will once again bring together blues musicians and avid an-glers for good music, good fishing and an all around good time.
The event takes place February 4-10, 2007, at Roy’s Zancudo Lodge, a world-famous fishing lodge situated on the shores of Gulfo Dulce in southern Costa Rica. Tour-nament participants are whisked off to the angling paradise known as Playa Zan-cudo.
The lodge will be home base for three days of outstanding offshore fishing, targeting the ocean’s toughest speedsters —sailfish and marlin. Bring your camera because the fishing action here is red hot.
The lodge has over 50 world record catches to its credit and days of 15 or more billfish are common. The tournament is all catch-and-release, with conservation being first and fore-most.
Anglers use circle hooks to insure a healthy re-lease and all billfish will live to swim another day. Other species such as wahoo, tuna and dorado, however, also thrive in these waters provid-ing a mixed bag and a few fillets for the grill.
After a hard day’s fishing, participants return to the lodge for a fantastic dinner followed by impromptu jam sessions under the stars. Fishin’ Blues musical alumni include such musicians as Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers, Jimmy Herring from the Dead, slide-guitar prodigy Derek Trucks, Lee Gates, Cool John Ferguson, Mudcat, Adolphus Bell and more.
Taj and his band are geared up to play the event again and other musi-cians are lining up to help out. The event ends with an all-out blues, free concert for all the citizens of Zancudo and anyone else who shows up.
Reserve a spot early as the tournament is limited to 30 anglers. The entry fee, $5,500 includes airfare to Costa Rica from Miami or At-lanta, luxury accommoda-tions, all meals, drinks and alcohol, three days of fishing, including bait, tackle, ice and fuel and transfers within Costa Rica. Music Maker is also selling 110 raffle tickets for two spots. Buy one of these $100 raffle tickets and you might just win the trip of a lifetime.
All proceeds from the tournament benefit Music Maker Relief Foundation, which works to keep the blu-est of blues music alive. And, $2,500 of the entry fee is tax deductible.
Founded in 1994, Music Maker strives to help the true pioneers and forgotten heroes of Southern music gain recognition and meet their day-to-day needs.
The foundation provides sustenance pro-grams, musical development and also established the New Orleans Musicians Fund to help those displaced musi-cians affected by Hurricane Katrina.
For more information and an official tournament entry form:
visit www.musicmaker.org or con-tact Denise Duffy at 919-643-2456.