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Several angler openings still available for RedSnook Catch & Release Tournament

By Staff | Sep 1, 2010

The 2009 RedSnook Tournament helped fund a water quality study and its impact on juvenile snook conducted by Conservancy biologists Dr. Jeff Schmid, Melinda Schuman and David Shindle.


Registration is still underway for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida 2010 RedSnook Catch and Release Charity Tournament scheduled for Oct. 1-3. This International Game Fish Association certified tournament is open to teams, individuals, corporate teams, female anglers and junior anglers under age 16.  Several spots still remain.


Roland Martin, legendary angler and television host of the “Fishing with Roland Martin Show,” will again host the three-day tournament. Wayne Meland, senior vice president of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney serves as chairman of the event. Last year, the tournament netted more than $70,000 for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.


Angler Roland Martin out on the water during the 2009 RedSnook Tournament.

The RedSnook Tournament benefits the water quality and estuary protection initiatives of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. According to the 2010 Event Chair, Wayne Meland, “Our water quality and the productivity of the Gulf will be impacted for some time to come by the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Unplanned adversities such as these make the daily work of the Conservancy, such as water quality programs and protecting our estuaries, even more important.”


The tournament will begin with a kick-off party, silent auction and live auction with Roland Martin at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Naples Yacht Club. Anglers, sponsors and guides will be attending.  

Auction Chair Julie Kukk is very excited about both the silent and live auction items.

“We are very thankful for all the support from the community and generous donors who have contributed unique and exciting items and experiences for the auctions,” Kukk said. 

Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders helped energize the crowd at the 2009 RedSnook Catch and Release Tournament to benefit the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.

People interested in participating in the kick-off and auction must pre-register by contacting betsyg@conservancy.org.

Competitors will launch from three locations in Naples, Goodland and Chokoloskee, with competition scheduled on Oct. 2 and 3 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The tournament concludes with an awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at Northern Trust.

Teams can register for the tournament at www.conservancy.org/redsnook.  Divisions include unguided general bait, guided general bait, unguided spin/plug and guided spin/plug and fly. Registration is limited to the first 60 teams.

For more information, call 239-403-4200.


The event is sponsored by M&I Bank, Comcast, Naples Yacht Club, Northern Trust, Heatherwood Construction, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, the Miami Dolphins, Outback Steakhouse, CRS Technology, Century Link, Whole Foods and others.