Under sunny skies Saturday, the annual Bobby Holloway Jr. Memorial Fishing Tournament took place at Pineland Marina.
"I'm very excited that we are celebrating our 19th Annual Bobby Holloway tournament," Elsie Stearns said. "It's also the third year we're doing the 'Big Snook' tournament and we have 62 boats registered. Eleven of those are local licensed charter captains taking our kids from 7 to 13 years old we call them "Lil Bobbers."
The "Lil Bobbers" division is for children who don't have an opportunity to fish or have a parent to go fishing with. Eleven licensed captains that donated their time, talent and treasure to take those children fishing for the day. Eligible fish for children are: biggest Snook, biggest Redfish, biggest Trout and biggest Ladyfish.
The Sea Riders caught 25 fish during the tournament. The team included Darien Brown, Jayson Rider, Josslyn Rider, Kelly Rider, Landon Rider and Sage Romero.
The Bobby Holloway Memorial was established to honor Bobby Holloway Jr.. who lost his life in a hunting accident in 1997. Bobby was 11 years old. The annual Bobby Holloway Memorial Fishing Tournament was started shortly after Bobby's death and the fishing tournament raises funds for the memorial. Hundreds of island businesses have sponsored the Bobby Holloway Memorial Fishing Tournament over the years and there have been dozens and dozens of beneficiaries.
BOBBY HOLLOWAY JR MEMORIAL
TOURNAMENT - 2017 AWARDS
Five places Total Weight of Three Fish
First: Team Caserio 'n' Sons - Tim Jones, Dayron Plana, Brooks Riley - 19.54 pounds
Second: Towboat Tightlines - Kyle Potts, Shane Earhart, Kamryn Boles, Liran Potts, Gavin Earhart - 19.10 pounds
Third: Team Clam Chowder - Shane Dooley, Sherry Dooley, Billy Rinehold, Summer Dooley - 18.92 pounds
Fourth: Team Wet & Salty -Ed Pierce, Kirk Koshko, Joe Koshko, Caitlayn Harth - 17.44 pounds
Fifth: Team Roger Dean Chevrolet - John Medsker, Scott Smith, Gary Herman - 16.44 pounds
$2,500 Pine Island Big Snook Heaviest
Billy Rinehold - 9.86-pound snook
Redfish with Most Spots
John Medsker 6 Spots redfish
Ladies Heaviest Redfish
Summer Dooley 4.98-pound redfish
Heaviest Snook: Tyler Noonan - 7.36-pound snook
Heaviest Trout: Blake Schaal - 3.04-pound redfish
Heaviest Ladyfish: Clayton McCurdy - 1.36-pound ladyfish
LIL' BOBBERS Most Fish Caught
First: The Matlacha Torpedos Capt. Chris Foust, Bob Diersing, Sebastian Scalf, Clayton McCurdy
Second: Fish Hawk Capt. Pat Hagel, Drake Domke, Elias Saile, Aiden Pollack
Third: The Natural Fish Slayers Billy Glass, Lucie McKinney, Cameron Mays-Dutton, Shelbi Stewart, Tracy Daniels, Aleah Grizzle
Fourth: Taking a Chance on Chasing Some Tail Capt. Eddie Barnhill, Jamie Barnhill, Chase Barnhill, Chance Barnhill, Aiden Parr
Fifth: Sea Riders Capt. Jayson Rider, Kelly Sigler, Josslyn Rider, Landon Rider, Darien Sigler, Sage Romero
Fifth: Bo Knows Fishing Capt. Bo Bartholomew, Blake Schaal, Joshua Hyde, Ethan Wonner
Best Essay Winner
Best Fish Tale