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Holloway fishing tournament celebrates 20 years

By Staff | Apr 17, 2018

The 20th Annual Bobby Holloway Jr. Memorial Fishing Tournament was held under sunny skies last weekend at Pineland Marina.

This year, the tournament had cash prizes for the combined weight of one snook, one redfish and one trout as well as the Pine Island Big Snook Award for a separate cash prize of $2,500.

The tournament raises funds for the Bobby Holloway Jr. Memorial Fund.

“The Bobby Holloway Jr. Memorial Fund focuses on enhancing the lives of youth in our community,” Elsie Stearns said. “The fund provides enrichment for virtually every local youth activity in education, sports, and the arts from learning to swim, to earning a college degree, and even providing food and clothing for any youth in need.”

The tournament is named after Bobby Holloway, an 11 year-old Pine Island youth who lost his life in a hunting accident.

“Bobby was such a special boy,” Stearns said. “Like lots of kids, Bobby Holloway loved sports and the outdoors, especially boating and fishing. When the accident happened 20 years ago many people came together to make the first Bobby Holloway Fishing Tournament happen. It’s unbelievable how it’s grown in these 20 years.”

Several years ago the Edison Big Snook Fishing Tournament merged with the Holloway fishing tournament.

“The Pine Island Big Snook Award not only increases the competition again this year, but also gives us the opportunity to provide more enrichment for the youth of our community,” said tournament director (and Bobby Holloway’s mother) Ernestine Holloway Squires. “We are very fortunate and very blessed that an anonymous donor has offered us $20,000 in matching funds.

“Now all we have to do is raise $20,000 by August and our anonymous donor will match it with another $20,000.”