Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s 2016 RedSnook Catch and Release Charity Tournament nets $84,000

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Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s 2016 RedSnook Catch and Release Charity Tournament nets $84,000

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The Conservancy of Southwest Florida and a total of 136 Southwest Florida anglers and guides joined the 2016 RedSnook Catch and Release Charity Tournament Nov. 4-6 to raise $84,000 to benefit the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s juvenile game fish studies, water quality research and game estuary protection.

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The 2016 RedSnook Catch and Release Charity Tournament began on Nov. 4 with a kick-off party at the Naples Yacht Club, which featured cocktails, dinner, raffle and a live auction. The fishing competition began Nov. 5, with 54 teams launching from Naples, Goodland and Everglades City for two days of fishing, concluding Nov. 6 with a celebratory awards ceremony for anglers and guides at Northern Trust in Naples. The Beacon Group at Morgan Stanley, RGM Capital and Naples Yacht Club were the presenting sponsors of the 2016 RedSnook Catch and Release Charity Tournament. Henley Shotwell of Surf & Turf Custom and Mokey Shea of Northern Trust served as the event co-chairs.

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“Our annual tournament supports the Conservancy’s efforts to protect Southwest Florida’s most valuable natural resource, water,” said Rob Moher, Conservancy of Southwest Florida president and CEO. “We are grateful to the many anglers and guides that hit the waters to support our cause, as well as our 2016 Committee, co-chairs, sponsors, volunteers and community supporters who shared their time and talents to make this year’s event another success and help to keep our waterways clean for generations to come.”

First place winners included:

First Place Guided Bait Division: 3,915 points
Matthew Jackson and Ryan Benson
Guide: Ty Loyd

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First Place Unguided Bait Division: 3,195 points
Troy Pruitt and Brian Carlos

First Place Guided Artificial Division: 3,485 points
Wayne Meland and Jon Kukk
Guide: Andrew Bostick

First Place Unguided Artificial Division: 3,240 points
Jeff Ball and Derek Pruitt

First Place Fly Division: 1,360 points
David Rogers and Harrison Rogers
Guide: Andy Werner

In addition, awards were given in the following categories:
Top Female Angler: 1,200 points
Bella Musico

Winning Corporate Team: 3,915 points
Bond, Schoeneck and King: Matthew Jackson and Ryan Benson
Guide: Ty Loyd

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Largest Snook, 33 inches
John Cooney

Largest Red, 39 inches
Alex Kuhn

Trash Can Slam, 53 inches
Ed Novinski

About the Conservancy of Southwest Florida:

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is a not-for-profit environmental protection organization with a 50 year history focused on the issues impacting the water, land wildlife and future of Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Conservancy accomplishes this mission through the combined efforts of its experts in the areas of environmental science, policy, education and wildlife rehabilitation. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, world-class Nature Center and von Arx Wildlife Hospital are headquartered in Naples, Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, south of the Naples Zoo off Goodlette-Frank Road. Learn more about the Conservancy’s work and how to support the quality of life in Southwest Florida www.conservancy.org.