Hey all, I've been pretty quiet on here due to a tragic and very unexpected death on Tuesday.
I'm still spinning and deeply shook over all of this, so bare with me as trying to write this is tough.
I lost one of my very best and closest of friends Vince Dalmaso on Tuesday. Most of you guys who have fished the Halibut Classic will probably remember Vince as he has literally been my right hand man for many years now. He was my morning check in guy, who would sit down with you in the morning and take care of you checking in.
Vinney was also my weigh-in guy, who would pull the fish out of the kill bags and measure and weigh the fish. On top of that, he was also the guy who would write down all the info on the weigh-in boards, and he also filled out the big award checks for me.
If all of that wasn't enough, he was also my #1 fishing partner, and he was the one who pulled off the win in the very first After Thanksgiving Halibut tournament back in 2000. And he again won in 2017.
Well guys, this was the year both me and Vinney had been talking about for quite some time....the big #20....the 20th year!
Im so bummed I just cant believe this has happened....it just honestly doesn't seem real....feels like a really bad dream.....but with all that said, Vinney LOVED this tournament, and he would never ever think of missing it. So on that note, this event must go on this year!!
I am now trying to refocus and spin direction by making this years Halibut Classic, a tribute year for my good buddy Vince Dalmaso.
So please please please, if you can, help me make this a good showing on the year we lost Vinney, because I know, if there is a way that those who pass, are able to look down on us......then Vinney will DEFINITELY be right there with us all.
Man this is tough!
Thank you all so soooo much for all the crazy years of participating in this event. It's always been about spending a good day with a bunch of cool people on the water, with the added thrill of a few lucky ones who will go home a few $$ richer.
Keep in mind, the early entry deadline is in just days, as it's the 20th!! So get those entries in and save!!
Thanks for listening!
I love and deeply miss you Vince!! Thanks for years n years of so many great memories. It wasn't your time bro
The unknown fisherman