Humans are often wary of things that don’t stop moving, such as sharks and clown cars powered by claustrophobia. Slay what you don’t understand with today’s Groupon: for $300, you get a five-person team entry to the Are You Man Enough? Shark Challenge 5 from June 24–26 in Cape Coral (a $650 value, including the registration deposit).
The marquee event of Shark Fest 2011, the fifth annual Are You Man Enough? Shark Challenge pits teams of anglers against one of nature’s most fearsome predators in a two-day fishing competition that awards bragging rights and $15,000 in prizes to its victors. Armed with a bucket of chum and a thirst for adventure, teams depart Cape Harbour at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday to spend the next 12 hours earning themselves 100 tournament points per shark caught, with bonuses awarded for the biggest hammerhead landed, biggest bull shark landed, and most congenial shark thrown back, followed by a 10 p.m. results announcement. On Sunday, the top five teams return to the docks to do battle in a shotgun-started sudden-death contest in which teams scramble to assemble 16 feet of aggregate shark in front of thousands of spectators in order to claim the grand prize. Teams are responsible for knowing the tournament schedule and for providing their own boat, bait, and fishing equipment, as well as two active cell phones for sending back proof-of-catch videos and at least one fisherman-notary to inform captured sharks of their legal rights.
Whether your team wins, loses, or gives up the contest in pursuit of sunken pirated CDs, you can count on being well fed with a complimentary breakfast from Rumrunners before heading out on Saturday and a dockside feast provided by Geo’s Italian Food after mooring for the night. A kickoff party on Friday at 7 p.m. preps contestants for turbid waters with a mechanical shark riding competition set against live music.
5703 Cape Harbour Dr.
Cape Coral, Florida 33914Get Directions