WEST, Fla. ----Dan Zicari, Vero Beach, made a positive stand towards
defending his Mercury Redbone series championship, by winning
the 12th Annual Mercury Outboards SLAM celebrity fishing tournament
The grand champion angler was one of only two fishermen to catch
a Fla. Keys grand slam of fish in a tarpon, bonefish and permit.
The SLAM (Southernmost Light-Tackle Anglers Masters) held at the
Conch Republic Seafood, was the opening event in the fall trilogy
of Fla. Keys tournaments, which are annual fundraisers for cystic
fibrosis (CF) research.
was guided by Capt. Mark Krowka, Davie, Fla., who led him to his
series title last year. Zicari was also the general division champion.
only other angler to catch a slam of fish was former Key West
guide Robert Collins, now of Naples, Fla., who was named Pro Celebrity
Grand Champion Angler. He was guided by Capt. Dave Denkert, Miami.
7 (WSVN-TV, Miami) investigative reporter Carmel Cafiero, Miami,
was named celebrity grand champion. She and former Miami Dolphins
lineman Eric Laakso, broke a log jam among three other celebrities
including former Florida Marlins pitcher Bill Hurst, NY
Giants great Tucker Frederickson, and NASA astronaut Bruce Melnick,
by each catching a bonefish and a permit. Cafiero won on time
catching her permit an hour before Laakso.
runnerup angler was Tim Mahaffey, Plantation, guided by Capt.
Rick Murphy, Homestead. Mahaffey also took top honors in the fly
division with two tarpon caught on Saturday.
day leader Jim Bokor, Tavernier, guided by Capt. Tim Hoover, Marathon,
finished the tournament in third place after failing to catch
a permit. He and his celebrity partner, Tucker Frederickson, North
Palm Beach, Fla, were the Team Grand Champion Anglers.
beat out the team of John Reigor, Marathon, and Pete Johnson,
Scottsdale, Ariz., who were guided by Capt. Rich Tudor, Islamorada.
The spin/plug division champion was Kal Blumberg, Ft. Lauderdale,
guided by Capt. Tom Rowland, Key West.
awards banquet was held at the Wyndham Casa Marina, in Key West.
In the series race, Zicari takes 1000 points with Mahaffey following
at 750, Bokor at 500 and Blumberg at 250.
points series continues at Key Largo with the 11th Mercury
Baybone Celebrity Tournament, Sept. 28 30 (bonefish and
permit) and then the 14th Mercury/Cheeca Redbone Celebrity Tournament
in Islamorada, November 2 4 for redfish and bonefish. The
tournaments have raised over $2 million for CF research efforts.
more information and tournament registration forms, or for information
about the Mercury Outboards Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series,
call Susan Ellis at (305) 664-2002.
Mercury Outboards S.L.A.M. Tournament Results
Champion Angler: Dan Zicari, Vero Beach, Fla., guided by Capt.
Mark Krowka, Davie, Fla.
Grand Champion: Carmel Cafiero, guided by Capt. Jeff Johnson,
Grand Champion Angler: Robert Collins, Naples, Fla. guided by
Capt. Dave Denkert, Miami, Fla.
Grand Champion Anglers: Jim Bokor, Tavernier and Tucker Frederickson,
North Palm Beach, Fla. guided by Capt.Tim Hoover, Marathon,
Runner-Up Angler: Tim Mahaffey, Plantation, Fla., guided by
Capt. Rick Murphy, Homestead, Fla.
Runner-Up Celebrity: Eric Laakso, Parkland, Fla., guided by
Capt. Craig Brewer, Islamorada, Fla.
Runner-Up Team: John Riegor, Marathon, and Pete Johnson, Scottsdale,
Ariz., guided by Capt. Rich Tudor, Islamorada.
Division Champion: Kal Blumberg, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., guided
by Capt. Tom Rowland, Key West, Fla.
Division Champion: Tim Mahaffey, guided by Capt. Rick Murphy
Division Champion: Dan Zicari, guided by Capt. Mark Krowka
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