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2016 MCFF/CCA “Fall Fly Fishing Challenge” Results

The 12th annual MCFF/CCA “Fall Fly Fishing Challenge” was held on Saturday, Oct. 29thth. Anglers gathered at The Meadows Country Club Community Association building on Friday evening for the angler meeting and on Saturday afternoon for angler check in and an awards luncheon. The tournament benefits the conservation and/or education programs of CCA and Mangrove Coast Fly Fishers.

Anglers could fish any water on the west coast of Florida using flies only in a catch, digital photo, release format fishing tournament for reds, trout, snook and more. All fish were photographed and immediately released. New this year were a Grand Champion Runner Up award in the Open division and 5th place award in the Fly Angler division. Winners of each division were awarded Orvis Recon fly rod outfits and handsome plaques. Other winners also received a plaque and donated gift certificates. The event also featured an upscale raffle and a silent auction.

A special thanks to donors to the event; Orvis, CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, Economy Tackle, Chouinard Outdoor Associates/Simms & Umpqua, Andy Thornal Company, Fishing Bandit, The Compound, West Wall Outfitters, New Pass Grill and Bait Shop, Doug Forde, Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO) and Saltflys.com (Craig Smothers). Without them the tournament wouldn’t be possible, so please support them whenever you can.

Open Division-based on total inches (guides, anglers fishing with guides and any other angler wishing to compete)

Grand Champion (slam)-largest snook, redfish and trout 64.5"
Capt. Chris Hargiss, Sarasota, FL

Grand Champion Runner Up (slam) 49.75"
Brian Boehn, Bradenton, FL

Snook 213.5"
Justin Hamblet, Sarasota, FL

Trout 52.25"
John Weimer, Sarasota, FL

Redfish
No winner

Fly Angler Division-based on a point per inch format for redfish, snook, trout and multiple other species (no guides allowed in this division)

1st place- Mick Coulas, Venice, FL 281.25 points
2nd place-Ken Babineau, Sarasota, FL 253.5 points
3rd place-Carl Raeckers, Tampa, FL 241.5 points
4th place-Robert Fischer, Tampa, FL 189.5 points
5th place-Jim Knowles, Bradenton, FL 116 points

Open division Grand Champion, Capt, Chris Hargiss from Sarasota, FL receives his award from MCFF president Ken Babineau and tournament committee member Capt. Rick Grassett.

Open Division Grand Champion Capt, Chris Hargiss from Sarasota, FL receives his award from MCFF president Ken Babineau and Committee Member Capt. Rick Grassett.

Open Division Grand Champion Runner Up, Brian Boehn from Sarasota, FL, receives his award from MCFF president Ken Babineau and tournament committee member Capt. Rick Grassett.

Open Division Grand Champion Runner Up, Brian Boehn receives his award from MCFF president Ken Babineau and tournament Committee Member Capt. Rick Grassett.

Fly Angler Division winner MIck Coulas from Venice, FL receives his award from  MCFF president Ken Babineau and tournament committee member Capt. Rick Grassett.

Fly Angler Division winner MIck Coulas from Venice, FL receives his award from MCFF President Ken Babineau and tournament Committee Member Capt. Rick Grassett.

Fly Angler Division 2nd place winner MCFF President Ken Babineau and committee member Capt. Rick Grassett.

Fly Angler Division 2nd place winner MCFF President Ken Babineau with Committee Member Capt. Rick Grassett.

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CB’s is proud to support grassroots advocacy for our nation’s 46 Million Anglers, and we hope you will, too.

There’s a lot of politics in fishing. No really, there is. From bans on your tackle to the creation of no-fishing zones, our nation’s pastime is often under threat of being over-regulated, or worse, being completely taken away.

Through policy, science and conservation, the Government Affairs team of the American Sportfishing Association works to minimize access restrictions, promote clean waters and restore fish populations.

Anglers could fish any water on the west coast of Florida using flies only in a catch, digital photo, release format fishing tournament for reds, trout, snook and more. All fish were photographed and immediately released.

New this year were a Grand Champion Runner Up award in the Open division and 5th place award in the Fly Angler division. Winners of each division were awarded Orvis Recon fly rod outfits and handsome plaques. Other winners also received a plaque and donated gift certificates. The event also featured an upscale raffle and a silent auction.

A special thanks to donors to the event; Orvis, CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, Economy Tackle, Chouinard Outdoor Associates/Simms & Umpqua, Andy Thornal Company, Fishing Bandit, The Compound, West Wall Outfitters, New Pass Grill and Bait Shop, Doug Forde, Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO) and Saltflys.com (Craig Smothers). Without them the tournament wouldn’t be possible, so please support them whenever you can.

For more information, visit www.keepamericanfishing.org
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