Jim Bokor of Tavernier, Fla., achieved top honors among anglers who honored Veteran's Day weekend at the second annual Cheeca Lodge All-American Backcountry Tournament that ended Nov 10.
Guided by Key Largo's Captain Frank Ortiz, Bokor released 10 snook and 10 redfish for the overall win. He was among a field of 30 anglers whose two-day gamefish totals included a remarkable 97 snook, 75 redfish, 13 tarpon, seven bonefish and one permit.
Active duty soldier Rob Dixon from Clarksville, Tenn., and wounded soldier Kevin Willette from Chicopee, Mass., combined their catch-and-release efforts to rack up 2,780 points. Guided by Key Largo's Captain Mike Makowski, the duo earned the title of Grand Champion Team in a fitting tribute to the weekend's event, during their first-ever Florida Keys fishing experience.
Jeff Sanders of Macon, Ga., garnered the most outstanding catch award for an 18-pound permit, completing a backcountry grand slam releasing a tarpon, bonefish and permit in the same day. He was guided by Islamorada's Captain Lonnie Shaw.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, an organization of concerned anglers and guides dedicated to conserving and enhancing global bonefish, tarpon and permit fisheries and their environments through stewardship, research, education and advocacy.
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