Young anglers enjoy 21st Holloway Fishing Tournament
It was a beautiful spring day Saturday for the 21st annual Memorial Bobby Holloway Jr. Fishing Tournament at Pineland Marina.
A total of 72 young people participated in the tournament. The main tournament had 62 boats and there were 45 Little Bobbers with 13 volunteer captains.
“Due to the temporary FWC closure of snook and redfish, the event will be catch and release of the largest snook, redfish and trout, combined inches,” organizer Ernestine Holloway Squires said. “This is a catch and release photo tournament.”
The tournament winners were determined by the total length of three fish: snook, redfish and trout.
First place ($2,000), sponsored by Stearns Custom Builders, was won by Richard Babec with 84.25 total inches.
Second place ($1,000), sponsored by York Road Marine, was won by Dave McCarty with 81.75 total inches.
Third place ($500), sponsored by Goldberg Noone LLC, was won by Shawn Linden with 81.50 total inches.
Fourth place ($350), sponsored by Baker’s Heating and Air, was won by Rider Honc with 80.50 total inches.
Fifth place (free entry), sponsored by Monroe Canal Marina, was won by Michael Werner with 80.00 total inches.
Pine Island Big Snook award of $2,000 was sponsored by Pine Island Big Snook Environmental Concrete & Materials and won by Chad Knight with 38 inches.
21st place ($1,000), sponsored by Williamson Bros Marine, was won by Jonathan Reid with 48.75 inches.
In the Youth Tournament competition (13 and under): Jack Gross won the biggest snook with 29.5 inches and biggest redfish with 29.75 inches. Female biggest snook was won by Angela Davis. Youth biggest trout was won by Mason Wells with 21.0.
Lil Bobbers winners: 1st Place – Ruff/Harley team (Kiley Ruff, Kelly Harley, Kate Harley) with 46 fish; 2nd Place Hard to Catch team (Reegan Renz, Peyton Renz, Emerson Renz, Aidyn Renz, Ashleigh Ryan) with 33 fish; 3rd Place Ramer’s Fish Tamers team (Abraham Cupil, Braylin Nibert, Ezekiel Hoshon, Landon Cammilleri, Karina Perez-Ayala, Ashlynn Petersen) with 31 fish; 4th Place Bo Knows Fishing team (Joshua Hyde, Blake Schall, Joey Mcnulty) with 30 fish and 5th Place Miracle Dogs team (Trip Lee, Colin Anderson, Zach Goldman) with 26 fish.
Quick Pick was sponsored by Woody’s Waterside and Jeremy and Laura Smith. The two quick pick winners were Rick Trammell of Team Hittin Bottom and Ben Tiner Team from Team Just a Pluggin.
It was 22 years ago that the Holloway family and Pine Island lost 11 year old Bobby Holloway in a tragic hunting accident. Bobby was well known on the island and loved to fish, boat and hunt. He also played football and baseball, loved his school and classmates and teachers and had lots of friends.
Following the accident Bobby’s friends and family got together to organize the first Bobby Holloway Jr. Memorial Fishing Tournament. Today the “Holloway” fund provides enrichment for virtually every local youth activity in education, sports, the arts, and more – from learning to swim to earning a college degree.
“Bobby showed us all what matters most is how you make people feel and the legacy that you leave behind,” Holloway said.
If you missed the tournament, you can make a donation to the Bobby Holloway Jr. Memorial Endowment Fund to help the youth of Pine Island today and into the future. Visit www.hollowaytourney.org/ for more information.