Finished up a busy week of charters, with the Redbone Celebrity Fishing Tournament. Which I, after 10 years of fishing the tournament, have the opportunity to chair. And, benefits cystic fibrosis research, a disease that affects children.
We had 38 inshore fishing guides, fishing clients from around the US. Each client is his/her individual team with their assigned guide, 2 clients per boat. All boats were tasked with going out and capturing the inshore Grand Slam (Snook, Redfish,Trout, and Tarpon). With the fall season offering great weather and fantastic fishing, the guides and clients alike enjoyed the experience and tournament format. The catch numbers are impressive even without all boats recording their catch. The big winner are they clients and guide teams that can complete the grand slam! With most teams only fishing 10-12 he's over a 2 day period, catch 4 particular inshore game fish species is not an easy task.
Congratulations to all the clients and guide teams that won a category. And thanks to all that donated time and money for a great cause. As always, it's a fantastic time to go fishing in SW Florida!!!
Capt. Mike Slattery
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