With most of the hype usually centered around big money inshore fishing leagues with professional teams of two fighting tooth and nail for notoriety and a chance to climb the rankings, it’s nice to see a local family-oriented event whose main priority is the community and welfare of its residents.
Brought to you by the Northeast Chapter of the Florida Irrigation Society, Creek Wars Triple Challenge Fishing Tournament presented by Firehouse Subs is like a breath of fresh air. In November 2014, the 6th annual shindig was a big success with a very respectable 62 boat turnout, 39 of which made it to the scales. Committee members were also delighted to align Creek Wars with the spirit and mission of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.
From kayaks and canoes to aluminum skiffs and small center consoles, it’s a mixed fleet of enthusiastic anglers of all ages and skill levels…looking to catch a few fish for the dinner table, while also looking out for their community.
Creek Wars has a crystal clear mission to offer a safe, fair, affordable and sporting inshore tournament for redfish, trout and flounder, while simultaneously promoting environmental stewardship and community outreach by supporting charities that positively influence the health, safety and welfare of the city of Jacksonville and its local communities.
At Creek Wars, you won’t see many fancy skiffs motoring up to the weigh-in with Kellogg’s or Mustad plastered on the side of the hull, nor will you notice teammates adorned in flashy logo-filled jerseys. What you will see are everyday anglers thoroughly enjoying a day of competitive fishing in Northeast Florida’s rich waters.
From kayaks and canoes to aluminum skiffs and small center consoles, it’s a mixed fleet of enthusiastic anglers of all ages and skill levels fishing both natural and artificial bait looking to catch a few fish for the dinner table, while also looking out for their community. However, don’t think they aren’t serious because the competition is stiff with a top prize of $2,500 for the heaviest slam and $750 for each of the heaviest trout, redfish and flounder, with over $9,000 in total cash and prizes presented to the winners. Not bad for a mere $120 entry fee.
The morning of the event Scott Spivey woke up on the right side of the bed and walked away from the tournament a big winner, earning a healthy $2,500 check for the heaviest combined weight of his largest redfish, flounder and trout. Bill Lancaster took home 1st Place honors in the flounder division, while John Kitchens earned 1st Place redfish and Mike Tuten bagged the 1st Place trout. There were also prizes awarded for 2nd Place and 3rd Place in each division.
Donating over $22,000 from this event alone, the Creek Wars tournament committee looks forward to a long relationship with Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, whose mission is to support first responders with life-saving equipment, funding, training and resources. Nationally, the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has provided $11 million in resources to firefighters, police, EMS, and public safety organizations. Locally, the foundation has provided over $600,000 in life-saving tools and resources to help protect and save lives along the First Coast.
An additional $2,500 was raised for Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation’s efforts to develop sustainable strategies for the best management of the terrestrial and aquatic resources that make Florida a special treasure. The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation inspires scientific research and funds innovative educational programs to encourage conservation and the best management practices for sustainable marine environments.
Everyone involved with Creek Wars believes in the same notion that supporting the safety of our citizens and the natural environment around us is of optimal benefit to our state, our city, and to our local communities, and they plan on continuing the tradition for many years to come. For complete results and to learn more about the Creek Wars Annual Triple Challenge Tournament, visit creekwars.com.