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Bob Noble wins Mercury Redbone @ Large Mike Schmidt’s Winners Circle fishing tournament First offshore event at Walker’s Cay

PALM BEACH, Fla. - Bob Noble, Windermere, Fla., led a team of anglers to win the inaugural Mercury Outboards Redbone @ Large Mike Schmidt’s Winners Circle fishing tournament, May 16 – 19, benefiting cystic fibrosis research.

The three day tournament for wahoo, dolphin and tuna out of Walker’s Cay in the Bahamas, saw Noble’s sport fishing boat the Stihl Leader capture a slam of the three fish on the first day. The 22.2 lb. wahoo, a 43.2 lb. dolphin and a 14.6 lb. tuna helped them to take a commanding lead of 80 points. Their boat was shut out of catching anything the second day but on Saturday they picked up a bigger wahoo (33.6 lbs) and tuna (20.8 lbs.) beating their Thursday’s catches. Their three big fish over the three days combined for 97.6 lbs.

The points and scoring was based on cumulative weight with each boat weighing the heaviest fish caught for each category.

Finishing second was the Bull Run owned by Tom Smith, Jupiter, Fla. The team was buoyed by a 54.2 lb catch of the tournament’s largest dolphin on the opening day. Their dolphin’s weight, combined with their largest tuna (11.6 lbs) and wahoo (23 lbs) totaled 88.8.

  • Bob Rich, Islamorada, Fla., owner of the Circe, took third with a 37 lb. wahoo, a 34.6 lb. tuna and a 15.8 lb. dolphin for 87.4 points.
  • Rob Leonard, Jupiter, aboard the Huntress had the largest tuna at 64.6 lbs.
  • Gary Belcher, Jupiter, aboard the Lady Jan had the tournament’s largest wahoo at 41.4 lbs.
  • Don Barnes on the Obsession had the most billfish releases with three blue marlins.

The Mercury Redbone @ Large is a growing series of celebrity fishing tournaments organized by CF chapters around the nation using the Redbone "footprint." The Mike Schmidt Winner’s Circle event was the first offshore event in the 14-year-old Redbone family of tournaments. The Mercury Redbone events have spring boarded national and international attention raising over $2 million dollars to find a cure for CF.

Schmidt, a major league baseball Hall of Famer who had a phenomenal career with the Philadelphia Phillies, loves to fish and has supported the Mercury Redbone cause. Schmidt became actively involved in the CF cause several years back after Brett Weinstein, a young friend of his daughter, died at the age of 20 while waiting for a double lung transplant.

Redbone founder Capt. Gary Ellis was impressed with the first offshore event in the new series of tournaments working with CF chapters. I’ve never seen such dedication coming from a celebrity," said Ellis of Schmidt. "I was so moved by the event; that he physically and personally made this happen. He is the epitome of someone that steps up to the plate. His leadership and his hard work and plain tenacity of bringing it together is to be applauded," said Ellis.

Through sponsorships, entry fees and silent and live auctions the event has raised over $120,000 so far and organizers are still counting money still coming in.
"It was the most complex event but the most rewarding I’ve ever worked in my 15 years with CF fund raising functions," said Marie Cook, executive director of the CF Foundation regional office in Palm Beach, who helped organize their first fishing tournament.

Besides title sponsor Mercury Outboards top sponsors included 1352 Restaurant in Jupiter, Venture Marine, Viking Yachts, Bessemer Trust and Walkers Cay Resort and Marina.

The next tournament is the Mercury Redbone @ Large Everglades SLAM, June 29 – July 1, in Everglades City, fishing for tarpon, snook and redfish.
For further information on fishing the tournament, please call the CF Foundation office in Miami at 305-755-9555 or Naples office in at 941-514-3444.