“Fill the Fin” for some Worthy Causes this Holiday Season!
Bradenton, FL—The holiday season is a time to help those less fortunate and so with that in mind, Yellowfin Yachts will sponsor and host an inshore tournament and festival as part of a toy drive benefitting Toys for Tots and The Children’s Home. The Bradenton, Florida-based boatbuilder’s goal is to “Fill the Fin:” completely fill the inside of a 36-foot Yellowfin center console boat with children’s toys.
For several years Yellowfin hosted a tournament in December for their employees, who would donate a toy in order to enter. It was always a lot of fun but this year the company decided to up the ante and open that event to the general public. Heath Daughtry, vice president of Yellowfin, says the goal is to have each of the supporting businesses conduct toy drives on their own, as well as to have each participating angler bring a new toy in lieu of their entry fee for the tournament. “There’s no money involved, it’s all donations,” he says. “It’s a perfect time to remember those less fortunate than ourselves and especially the kids in our community. We strive to be an excellent partner here on the west coast of Florida and we look forward to a great event!”
The First Annual Yellowfin Charity Classic “Fill the Fin” will be held Dec. 16-17th, 2016 at the Bradenton Yacht Club in Bradenton, Florida. The tournament registration and Captain’s Meeting will take place on the 16th while fishing commences at safe light on the 17th. Throughout the day there will be sponsor displays, artist’s exhibits, food trucks, and more in addition to bounce houses and games for the kids at the Bradenton Yacht Club. Prizes will be awarded for the Top Overall Angler (a combination of redfish, trout and snook) in addition to the Top Anglers in each species. All fish will be measured, photographed and released alive. First place will be a Simrad electronics package valued at $10,000. Youth anglers are also welcome to fish as part of a team. Prizes for the youth fishermen will include an iPad for first place, a Garmin VIRB video camera for second and a Garmin watch for third.
“It’s going to be a great weekend of fun and fishing, and it’s all for a great cause,” Daughtry says. “Everything benefits Toys for Tots and The Children’s Home—we’re going to ‘Fill the Fin’ and put on a great show for everyone.”
The general public is welcome to attend as the teams return from fishing on Dec. 17th, 2016 at the Bradenton Yacht Club, located at 4307 13th St. W in Palmetto, FL. For more information visit www.yellowfincharityclassic.com.
- All fish will be Photo Documented.
- Documentation Pieces along with Measuring Boards will be provided at Captains Meeting.
- Two Adults and two youth will be allowed per team.
- Youth are considered under the age of 16.
- Fish may be caught on Live or Artificial Baits.
- Anglers may exit the boat and wade fish.
- Anglers will be required to maintain all State, Federal and Local Laws and conduct themselves in a professional manner.
- The overall Master Angler will be the Team that has the most overall inches of Redfish, Snook, and Trout.
- The overall Master angler will be determined by the following,
- 3 Largest in inches Redfish
- 3 Largest in inches Snook
- 3 Largest in inches Trout
- There will be a Redfish Overall Winner. (Largest overall 3 best fish in inches)
- There will be a Snook Overall Winner. (Largest overall 3 best in inches)
- There will be a Trout Overall Winner. (largest overall 3 best in inches)
- The Youth Division will be decided by one fish per species.
- Master Youth will be decided on overall total inches of One Redfish, One Trout, and One Snook.
- Teams will need to be registered and provide one Toy per angler for Entry. (total of 4 for Youth)
- All registration forms will be handed in at Captains Meeting 5pm Bradenton Yacht Club.
- All Teams must attend the Captains Meeting.
- Teams will be released by registration number on date of Tournament.
- Check out will be first Light in the Bradenton River
- Check in will be 4:00pm
- Teams may have bait in boat prior to tournament.