STATEWIDE CHAPTERS REPRESENTED
Orlando, FL – June 25, 2018 – CCA Florida, the state’s leading organization dedicated to marine fisheries conservation, education and advocacy, today shared details on the winners in the nonprofit’s 15thAnnual Inter-Chapter Challenge (ICC) event.
The ICC began in 2004 to bring members from across the state together to share ideas, compare chapter initiatives and enjoy a day on the water. The family-friendly event is an all-release tournament and includes inshore and offshore divisions. This year’s event welcomed 140 anglers representing 17 chaptersand took place June 22ndand 23rdat the River Palm Cottages in Jensen Beach, Florida. Chapters in attendance included Broward County, Dade County, Jacksonville, Lake County, Manatee County, Martin County, Mid-Coast, Naples, North Palm Beach, Ocala, Orlando, Polk County, Sarasota, South Palm Beach, Space Coast, Tampa and Treasure Coast. The 2019 event will again take place in Jensen Beach at River Palm, on June 21stand 22nd.
Below please find a full listing of all winners.
Individual: Snook – Mike Napier, Naples Chapter (35”)
Individual: Redfish – Jeff Ball, Naples Chapter (24.5”)
Individual: Trout – Andy Steinbergs, Treasure Coast Chapter (25.25”)
Ladies: Jan Crabill Largest Snook Award – Arvilla Stokes, Polk County Chapter (22”)
Ladies: Trout – Harley Graham, Orlando Chapter (19.25”)
Team: Snook – Naples Chapter (three largest snook, 35”, 28.5, 27”)
Team: Redfish – Naples Chapter (three largest redfish, 24.5”, 19”, 19”)
Team: Trout – Treasure Coast Chapter (three largest trout, 25.25”, 17”, 15”)
Alex Jernigan Inshore Grand Champion:
1stPlace – Naples Chapter (35” snook, 24.5” redfish, 20” trout)
2ndPlace – Martin County Chapter (29” snook, 19” redfish, 25” trout)
Individual: Dolphin – Jay Etzler, Broward County Chapter (31”)
Individual: Sailfish – Bill Camp, North Palm Beach Chapter (1 release)
Ladies Offshore: Sailfish – Julie Crispin, Martin County Chapter (2 releases)
Team: Dolphin – Treasure Coast Chapter (49.5” total of catches)
Team: Sailfish – Martin County Chapter (4 releases)
Rufus Wakeman Offshore Grand Champion: Ocala Chapter (a sailfish release and 26.5” dolphin)
Inshore: Rupert McAndless, Broward County Chapter (blue fish)
Offshore: Donna Divine, Ocala Chapter (bonita)
Trash Can Slam
Inshore: Orlando Chapter
Offshore: North Palm Beach Chapter
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JACKSONVILLE, Florida – (June 14, 2018) – On Tuesday, June 5, 2018, employees of Shell, Shell Lubricants customers, national media outlets, Coastal Conservation Association Florida (CCA Florida) and CCA’s National Habitat Program, the Building Conservation Trust (BCT), gathered at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center in Jacksonville, Florida to learn the results of the Starship cross-country drive.
“Through this road trip, we were able to test the Starship truck along with a number of technologies available today and provide insight into what trucking fleets and owner/operators could consider adopting to help reduce fuel use and emissions as they haul heavy loads,” said Carlos Maurer, president, Shell Lubricants Americas. “We were fortunate that our relationship with Building Conservation Trust and CCA Florida made the perfect load available – reef material – that helped us complete our cross-country drive and create a new oasis for ocean life off the Florida coast.”