RESULTS FROM 9th ANNUAL 2012 INVITATIONAL FISHING TOURNAMENT AT HOTEL PALMAS
This year 42 anglers fished for 3 days and caught 125 Dorado, 15 Marlin &7 Roosters. 10 Dorado were over 40 pounds with Stan Gollinger catching a 52 pounder on day one and it held up for 3 days to win the Jackpot. A close 2nd was caught by Willie Benedetti weighing in at 49 pounds.
Top individual of the tournament was Jed Strong of Elk Grove followed by rookie fisherman Brandon Service of Santa Rosa, Danny Brooks from Illinois was our #3 fishermen.
In team standings Jed Strong and Benny Nichols were the top team followed very closely by Marc Winters and Brandon Service. 3rd place honors went to Ron Carli and Howard Daulton. The 4th place team of Danny Brooks and Jack Holman who came from Illinois and Florida.
On Day two, the father/son team of Ken and Kasey Carli held the lead but lost their touch on day three dropping back in the pack.
The 8th place team of Greg Service & Russ Leepin won the trip to Alaska to fish with VS Charters with Rod Van Saun and Widespread Fishing with Mindy Paine.
The Texas Holdum Tourney was won by the guy who predicted a win and came thru—Dennis Drew.
Fred Suddith caught the first Marlin of the tournament and shared the jackpot with his other anglers on the boat and in the jackpot —Dale Miles and Dennis Drew.
Our clothes drive was a great success again and all the families of the Van Wormer Resorts getting lots of clothes that the fishermen brought with them.
This year Leroy Carlenzoli & Howard Daulton got the ball rolling and we were able to raise about $2,000 from 3 Rotaries to go to the Albergue Escolar Rural #20 in La Ribiera. They will work with the Rotary Club in Las Barailles to first get a purified water system installed at the boarding school. Thanks go to Ron Carli for a check from Ag. Credit and also another from Henry and Kathy Thornhill from Davis to bring the total up to $4,000 and the www.fathersonandbuddies.com adding on to bring it to $5,000.00.
Back to the fishing we had 9 guys who caught fish every day.
Brandon Service was a big winner in the raffle getting the 2 nights stay and two days of fishing from the hotel for 3 guys for next year. Ron Carli & Matt Carlenzoli each won the 4 nights free for the 2012 tourney.
We gave away 18 rods and reels in the opening night raffle and at one table, 8 individuals all won a rod and reel.
Steve Avon surprised his buddy Jack Richardson (tournament director) with a trophy in honor of 9 years of dedicated work. 9 guys who have fished the tournament 4 years or more came forward to present it. One of the highlights for Jack was to have Steve Dennis at the tournament. Steve was here on year one when we only had 8 guys at the tourney. We have really grown as a group and the tournament is going to a new level. All of us are very greatful to Eddie Van Wormer and his family for the hospitality they have shown us over the years. A big thank you to all the staff and especially to Eddie, Shannon & Anibal as without you we would not be able to be this successful. A big thank you to Tom LeDuc for coming to the tourney, just to help out. Moving the tournament from Punta Colorada to Hotel Palmas has made a lot of new friendships for us..
We look forward to our tenth year in 2013 and are already planning.