2017 MCFF/CCA “Fall Fly Fishing Challenge” Results

The 13th annual MCFF “Fall Fly Fishing Challenge” was held on Saturday, Oct. 21st. 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. 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, Rattlin’ Jack, The Compound, West Wall Outfitters, New Pass Grill and Bait Shop, Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO), Jeff Brue, Steve Gibson (Southern Drawl Kayak Fishing) and Saltflys.com (Craig Smothers). Without them the tournament wouldn’t be

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 55″ Capt. Colby Hane, Sarasota, FL Grand Champion Runner Up (largest snook and trout) 40.75″ eff Brue, Tampa, FL Snook 223.75″ Jacob Shields, Sarasota, FL Trout 82.5″ Capt. Andy Cotton, 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- Bob Cameron. Bradenton, FL 245 points 2nd place-Jim Knowles, Bradenton, FL 228.75 points 3rd place-Ken Babineau, Sarasota, FL 214 points 4th place-Tony Hershberger, North Port, FL 129 points 5th place-Jay Tinsky, Sarasota, FL 97 points

MCFF president Ken Babineau (left) and tournament committee member Capt. Rick Grassett (right) presenting award to 2017 “Fall Fly Fishing Challenge” Open Division Grand Champion, Capt. Colby Hane, from Sarasota, FL.

MCFF president Ken Babineau (left) and tournament committee member Capt. Rick Grassett (right) presenting award to 2017 “Fall Fly Fishing Challenge” Open Division Grand Champion Runner Up, Jeff Brue, from Tampa, FL.

MCFF president Ken Babineau (left) and tournament committee member Capt. Rick Grassett (right) presenting award to 2017 “Fall Fly Fishing Challenge” Open Division snook winner, Compund Board Shop owner, Jacob Shields, from Sarasota, FL.

MCFF president Ken Babineau (left) and tournament committee member Capt. Rick Grassett (right) presenting award to 2017 “Fall Fly Fishing Challenge” Open Division trout winner, Capt. Andy Cotton, from Sarasota, FL.

MCFF president Ken Babineau (left) and tournament committee member Capt. Rick Grassett (right) presenting award to 2017 “Fall Fly Fishing Challenge” Fly Angler Division winner, Bob Cameron, from Bradenton, FL.

MCFF president Ken Babineau (left) and tournament committee member Capt. Rick Grassett (right) presenting award to 2017 “Fall Fly Fishing Challenge” Fly Angler Division 2nd place winner, Jim Knowles, from Bradenton, FL.

Tournament committee member Capt. Rick Grassett (right) presenting award to 2017 “Fall Fly Fishing Challenge” Fly Angler Division 3rd place winner, MCFF president Ken Babineau, from Sarasota, FL.

MCFF president Ken Babineau (left) and tournament committee member Capt. Rick Grassett (right) presenting award to 2017 “Fall Fly Fishing Challenge” Fly Angler Division 4th place winner, Tony Hershberger, from North Port, FL.

MCFF president Ken Babineau (left) and tournament committee member Capt. Rick Grassett (right) presenting award to 2017 “Fall Fly Fishing Challenge” Fly Angler Division 5th place winner, Jay Tinsky, from Sarasota, FL.

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