To the editor:
I wanted to take time and thank the following people for their help with the 4th Annual Matlacha Redfish Challenge hosted by Olde Fish House Marina on Saturday, Sept. 8.
First I would like to thank Darrel and Lisa Dence of Olde Fish House Marina for letting us hold our event at their place and for providing us with live entertainment by Rick and Billy and The Damn Outlaws. Thank you to Trailer Park Barbie and Grizz for playing pro bono during the captain's meeting and providing us with a PA. I would also like to thank the staff at Olde Fish House for being great hosts and for taking good care of the tournament volunteers and participants. Thank you to our volunteers from Pine Island F.I.S.H. for helping with the raffle and Super 50/50 and to Mischelle Divietro for selling T-Shirts. I would also like to thank our sponsors: D&D Bait and Tackle (1st Place) and Plumbing Solutions of SWFL (3rd Place). This Year's T-Shirt Sponsors: Gulf Access Realty, Island Visions Art Gallery, RnB Billing Services, The Vape Store, SP Designs and Mfg., and Joint Effort Fishing Team. Our Donors: The Matlacha Hookers, Alden Pines, Island Visions, Trader's Hitching Post, Frill's, The Pampered Pup, Barnhill's Seafood Spot, Spa 33, Miceli's Restaurant, Lazy Flamingo, Pine Island Feed, Cambio Dermatology, St. James Automotive, Center Bait and Tackle, Captain Cons, Tarpon Lodge, Four Winds Marina, Ft Myers Marine, San Carlos Marine, Captain Rob's Bait and Tackle, Sea Tow, Sinclaire Custom Homes, SP Design's and Mfg., Woody's Island Rum and Grill, Wasted Seamen Fishing Company, Sunstream Resorts, The Resort at Marina Village, Diamond Head Beach Resort, Pointe Estero, Stevie Tomato's Sports Page, Tween Waters Inn, Pink Shell , The Joint Restaurant, Anisa Stewart Jewelry, Cape Coral Hooters, Foster's Grille, Diamonds Billiards, The Vape Store, Sport Clips, Red Salon and Spa, The Ice Cream Club, Royal Tee Golf Club, Pet Universe, Key West Express, Bass Pro Shops, Estero River Outfitters, Metro Scales and Systems for providing the scale, and the many others who helped make this a successful event.
I also want to thank the anglers of the 22 teams that participated this year and congratulations to 1st Place Team Yankee No Dooley and the Dandies: Billy Glass, Jenn Glass and Amanda Jones; 2nd Place Team SP Designs/Howler Monkey Express: Mitch Williamson, Kyle Potts and Chad Westphal; 3rd Place Team F.O.C.U.S.: Rich Marano Jr., Webster, John Gosdlin; and 4th Place Team Raymond: Craig Whitaker, Matt Schell, Tiffany Close.
Finally, I want to thank my wife, Darlene Snyder, for her love and support before, during, and after this event. With everyone's help we were able to give $4,250 to Pine Island F.I.S.H. If I left anyone out it was unintentional as there were so many who helped this year. Thank you everyone!
Matlacha Redfish Challenge Tournament Director