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Holloway fishing tourney celebrates 20 years

April 18, 2018
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

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.

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First place winners Advanced Roofing & Sheet Metal - Brandon Buckner, Kyle Potts, Maddie Buckner, Lindsay Gilman, Liran Potts – 18.46 pounds.


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

The winners for the

2018 tournament are:

Five places Total weight of three Fish snook, red and trout

First place:

Advanced Roofing & Sheet Metal - Brandon Buckner, Kyle Potts, Maddie Buckner, Lindsay Gilman, Liran Potts 18.46 pounds

Second place:

San Carlos Marine Ethan Hanson, Trevor Sushil, Trevor Baer 16.48 pounds

Third place:

Hopefully Lucky - Chris Trimble, Braille Barbor, Heather Smith, Mike Smith 16.24 pounds

Fourth place:

York Road Marine - John Kelso, Mickey Honas, Robert Berman 15.94 pounds

Fifth place:

Collier Electric - Brian Martin, Greg Callen, Vako Kreis, Chris Kreis - 15.36 pounds

Twentieth - Team 55 - Leland Squires, Waylon Squires, Levi Squires 7.12 pounds

$2,500 Pine Island Big Snook Heaviest - Dayron Plana 11.38 pound snook

Redfish with Most Spots Brian Heminger 9 Spot redfish


Heaviest Snook - Ayden Marinelli - 9.18 pound snook

Heaviest Redfish Aiden Franklin - 3.56 pound redfish

Heaviest Trout - Paolo Bailey - 4.02 pound trout

Heaviest Ladyfish - Ayden Marinelli 1.82 pound ladyfish

LIL' BOBBERS Most Fish Caught

First The Six Muskateers Captain Jason Ramer, Steve Willard, Angel Cupil, Abraham Cupil, Ezekiel Hoshon, Elias Saile

Second - Despicito Billy Glass, Lucie McKinney, Hope Barbaria, Angela Davis, Raul Augusto Diaz Ramos, Giana Scott

Third- Super Snookers with Captain Daddy Derrick Stearns, Mark Smith, Kylie Ruff, Aubrey Smith, Rider Stearns

Fourth - "Reel Good" Captain Chris Foust, Bob Diersing, Colin Anderson, Zack Godman, Wyatt Mallory


Fifth Matlacha Spearheads Captain Matt McMicken, Clayton McCurdy, Travis McCurdy, Sebastian Scalf

Fifth - Redfish Magic Captain Guy Lee, Samantha Morin, Landon Lanktree, Joseph McNulty

Best Essay Winner Vaughn Ulm

Best Fish Tale Kylie Ruff, Aubrey Smith, Ryder Stearns

"Bobby would be 32 years old today and everyone that knew him thought he was a very thoughtful and considerate boy," Holloway Squires said. "This is our 31st tournament and we started as the 'Little Tournament that Could.' Look at us now that we're in our 20th year. I never thought we'd still be here. The success of this tournament is God making lemonade out of a terrible accident."



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