Islamorada, Florida Keys-The longest running charity fishing event kicks off its 26th annual fall season with the Robert James Sales Redbone Celebrity Trilogy, to fund medical research for cystic fibrosis.
- September 6-8-24th annual S.L.A.M. Southern Light Tackle Anglers Masters Key West, Florida for permit, tarpon and bonefish.
- October 11-13, 33rd annual Baybone, at key largo, Florida for bonefish and permit.
- November 1-3-26th annual Redbone at Islamordora, Florida for redfish and bonefish.
For the 8th year in a row Redbone presented a check for over $1 million to the CF Foundation
“Among the Keys trilogy and 25 other Redbone fishing events across the U.S. and internationally,” said Redbone founder Capt. Gary Ellis, “$1.2 million was raised from last year’s tournaments brining awareness to cystic fibrosis and the our great Keys spirit.”
25 years of Redbone events has raised over $18 million for CF research
The Redbone (REDfish and BONEfish) began has just a small local charity Keys tournament in the beginning to help CF patients like Nicole, daughter of Gary and Susan Ellis. The late baseball Hall of Fame slugger Ted Williams, who was an Islamodora resident inspired the Ellis' to have the tournament to attract his celebrity friends. The very first event raised $16,000 and it grew into three fall series tournaments.
Now the tournament series has grown into 28 catch-and-release competitions. Anglers fish as a team or with a celebrity with professional guides, within a four-district fishing series;
- The original Redbone celebrity Keys fall trilogy,
- The Rebone Red*Trout series in five S.E. coastal cities,
- The Redbone’s Bahamas Bonefish series, and
- The Redbone@Large events in three countries, the U.S., Costa Rica, and Mexico.
Cystic Fibrosis is a horrible genetic disease causing abnormally thick, sticky mucous that clogs the lungs and cause life-threatening lung infections
Susan Ellis said,”When we started the Redbone the life expectancy of CF patients was the early teens. Researchers have performed remarkable strides, and now CF patients are living into mid 30’s. Researchers are close, but there’s still no cure. Their work won’t be done until the cure is found.”
For more information visit, Redbone or phone: 305-664-2002.
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