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Redbone 2001 Tournaments


KEY 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 Sunday.
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.

Zicari was guided by Capt. Mark Krowka, Davie, Fla., who led him to his series title last year. Zicari was also the general division champion.

The 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.

Channel 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 Marlin’s 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.

First 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.

First 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.

They 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.

The 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.

The point’s 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.

For more information and tournament registration forms, or for information about the Mercury Outboards Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series, call Susan Ellis at (305) 664-2002.

2001 Mercury Outboards’ S.L.A.M. Tournament Results

  • Grand Champion Angler: Dan Zicari, Vero Beach, Fla., guided by Capt. Mark Krowka, Davie, Fla.
  • Celebrity Grand Champion: Carmel Cafiero, guided by Capt. Jeff Johnson, Tavernier, Fla.
  • Pro-Celebrity Grand Champion Angler: Robert Collins, Naples, Fla. guided by Capt. Dave Denkert, Miami, Fla.
  • Team Grand Champion Anglers: Jim Bokor, Tavernier and Tucker Frederickson, North Palm Beach, Fla. guided by Capt.Tim Hoover, Marathon, Fla.
  • First Runner-Up Angler: Tim Mahaffey, Plantation, Fla., guided by Capt. Rick Murphy, Homestead, Fla.
  • First Runner-Up Celebrity: Eric Laakso, Parkland, Fla., guided by Capt. Craig Brewer, Islamorada, Fla.
  • First Runner-Up Team: John Riegor, Marathon, and Pete Johnson, Scottsdale, Ariz., guided by Capt. Rich Tudor, Islamorada.
  • Spin-Plug Division Champion: Kal Blumberg, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., guided by Capt. Tom Rowland, Key West, Fla.
  • Fly Division Champion: Tim Mahaffey, guided by Capt. Rick Murphy
  • General Division Champion: Dan Zicari, guided by Capt. Mark Krowka

Total Boats 34

CONTACT: Pete Johnson
480-951-3654 (Scottsdale, Ariz)