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Sarasota Bay

The 11th annual MCFF/CCA “Fall Fly Fishing Challenge” was held on Saturday, Oct. 17th. Anglers gathered at The Meadows Country Club Community Association building on Friday evening for the captains meeting and on Saturday afternoon for angler check in and awards luncheon.


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Photo: "Fall Fly Fishing Challenge" Open Division Grand Champion Capt. Colby Hane, from Sarasota, FL, with MCFF president Ken Babineau (left) and Capt. Rick Grassett (right). –

The tournament, hosted jointly by the Mangrove Coast Fly Fishers and the Sarasota chapter of Coastal Conservation Association, benefits the conservation or education programs of both organizations. 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 were awarded Orvis Recon fly rod outfits, handsome plaques and gift certificates.

Donors to the event were Orvis, CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, Economy Tackle, Chouinard Outdoor Associates, Simms, Umpqua, Andy Thornal Company, Flats Bandit, The Compound and Craig Smothers (

Open Division-based on total inches (guides, anglers fishing with guides and any other angler wishing to compete)

Slam-largest snook, redfish and trout
Capt. Colby Hane, Sarasota, FL 61.5”

Capt. Jeff Brue, Tampa, FL 64.75”

Doug Forde, Sarasota, FL 16”

Steve Gibson, Sarasota, FL 125.75″

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- Fred Mclendon, Lithia, FL 519.75 points
2nd place-Cody Vaughan-Birch, Port Charlotte, FL 222 points
3rd place-Ken Babineaux, Sarasota, FL 203 points
4th place-Jim Knowles, Bradenton, FL 201.75

Contact Info:
Tight Lines,
Capt. Rick Grassett
IFFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor
Orvis- Endorsed Outfitter Guide
CB’s Saltwater Outfitters-2011 Orvis Outfitter of the Year
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.

(941) 923-7799