Snook Florida Tournament
Forty-four teams participated in the 2012 RedSnook Catch & Release Charity Tournament on November 2-4, 2012, generating a record $125,000 to support the water quality protection and game fish research conducted by the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.
“We are more than pleased with these record results,” said Conservancy President Andrew McElwaine. “Perhaps even more importantly, we are overwhelmed with the level of support provided by the community — the anglers, guides, sponsors and donors. The money raised from the event will ultimately help ensure that our waters and estuaries remain viable for sport fishing far into the future.”
Rob Moher, Conservancy of Southwest Florida vice-president of development and marketing said, “We are deeply appreciative of all the hard work and leadership provided by the Tournament Co-Chairs Lloyd Liggett and Rhett Robicheaux and the entire RedSnook Committee. We also thank Dr. Aaron Adams from Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium for volunteering as the honorary chair of the Tournament.”
“This Tournament is a perfect match for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. I believe the angling community now better understands the role the Conservancy plays in keeping our waters and our fisheries healthy.”
“The Tournament attracted more sponsors than ever before and the united forces and energy of all the people involved helped make this event a huge success,” stated Rhett Robicheaux, Tournament Co-Chair.
The weekend began with a Kick-Off Party and Silent and Live Auctions. Naples Yacht Club provided the food and location, and Whole Foods Market provided the organic beer and wine. The competition began on Saturday. Launch sites included Everglades City, Naples and Goodland. The competition continued again on Sunday and the event concluded with an awards ceremony on Sunday evening, Nov. 4, at Northern Trust, with food provided by Outback Steakhouse.
First place winners included:
1. Guided Bait Division First Place Winners: 3,955 Points
Mike Ison and Jack Kuhn, guided by Jim Stoner
2. Unguided Bait Division: 4,060 Points
Doug Hanks and Troy Pruitt
3. Guided Artificial Bait Division: 3,670 Points
Wayne Meland and John Kukk guided by Andrew Bostick
4. Unguided Artificial: 3,465 Points
Jeff Ball and Derek Pruitt
5. Fly Division: 3,400 Points
Travis Fulford and Pat Fulford guided by Ken Chambers
For more information, visit www.conservancy.org/redsnook.