From Children's Miracle Network at Shands Hospital for Children at the University of Florida:
The competition was close, Gary Bonner III fishing with his son Clayton took the $1,000.00 first place tie at 12 lbs. with the tie breaker big trout weighing 4 lbs. 15 oz. That left the team of Casey Cook and Ashley Mock in second place for $400.00 with their 12 lb. five trout bag.
Third and fourth tied as well at 11 lbs. 15 oz. each. The tie breaker was decided by 1 oz. with Keith Hollingsworth taking third for $200.00 and Warren Marshall teamed up with James Mullins for $100.00 for fourth.
As you can see in the attached photo, all of the kids were winners holding their new rod and reel combos. In all a little over $ 14,400.00 was raised for Children's Miracle Network at Shands Hospital for Children at the University of Florida.
We'd like to give special thanks to all of our supporting sponsors as well as the staff at Sea-Hag, you were great.
Click here to see all the photos from the weigh in.
Inshore anglers working the Steinhatchee shallows continue to hook good-sized speckled trout. Sunday, Hardy Wood took a five-pound fish to Sea Hag Marina for a photo, and Judd Evatt of Sumter County topped that a few minutes later with a seven-pounder.
While practicing for the Fishing for Kids Saltwater Trout Tournament coming up Saturday, Robbie Emmons and Nathan Lee have fared very well. Casting five-inch Gulp! Jerk Shads in the New Penny color, the Gainesville anglers released “somewhere between 30 and 40” trout Saturday that averaged 17-to-18-inches in length. They targeted the grass flats just south of the Steinhatchee River mouth. Contestants in the 7th annual event that benefits Shands Children’s Hospital will depart from Sea Hag Marina in the morning at safe light and weigh in at 3 p.m. Call 800-284-6472 for more information. Sounds like it will be a good one.
Fishers venturing a bit farther offshore have encountered plenty of mackerel — both Spanish and kings. It’s not always necessary to run to deep water for the Spanish, though. Chase and Chaeli Norwood proved that a few days ago. The youngsters hooked and boated a couple of nice macks while casting well up the Steinhatchee River.