Arrival/Departure - 8/17/12-8/19/12
The 13th Annual Grouper Grab fishing tournament, Presented by Royal Shell Port Sanibel Marina was an enormous success! On August 17th teams gathered at the new host location, the Lighthouse Waterfront Restaurant for check-in and the captains meeting. Each angler was provided with official high end performance tournament gear by TUNASKIN and each team was given complimentary ‘party cards’ for up to ten people to enjoy two hours of food and drinks at Bahama Breeze Island Grille any time they would like! Tournament officials had 3 teams sign up onsite, leveling out the Big and Small Boat Divisions to 9 teams in each category, completing the tournament field with 18 total teams.
All 18 boats checked in Saturday morning with tournament officials at Marker 3 outside of A-Span and were allowed to leave at 6am. The weigh station opened at 4pm and the first boat was back at 4:30pm while most returned just before 6:00pm with tournament officials along side marker 32 to count the last team allowed to weigh in. Twelve boats weighed in making an even six teams per division.
The awards dinner followed with trophies and prize monies awarded to the following teams: in 1st place for the Big Boat division was Max Marine Insurance with anglers Tommy Buttler, Mike Watts, Steve Bertran, Josh Taylor and Steve Woodard with an impressive total weight of 77.45lbs. Congratulations guys! In the Small Boat division was Team Gettin’ Bent with Brain Parsons, Jason Kaufman, Jay Dall, Rob Finch and Tina Parsons with a very impressive 97.00lbs.! The Small Boat division actually beat out the Big Boat division by 19.55lbs. Congratulations to Team Gettin’ Bent! There was a total of over 550lbs. of fish weighed in by teams that were a part of the 2012 Grouper Grab making for yet another successful fishing tournament!
Tournament Officials would like to again thank the following sponsors. With out their help the tournament would not have been the same! The 2012 Presenting Level Sponsor: Royal Shell Port Sanibel Marina! The 2012 Big Boat Sponsors: TUNASKIN, Florida Weekly, Beasley Broadcasting, Liquid Clicks and Budweiser! And the 2012 Small Boat Sponsors: Colonial Roofing, Hampton Inn and Suites Fort Myers Beach, Bahama Breeze Island Grille and Bright Ideas Trophies!
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