The 11th annual Lowcountry Red*Trout Celebrity Tournament – a part of the RedBone series that raises funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – had to cancel its original fishing dates due to strong winds from Hurricane Sandy. Regrouping two weeks later, 23 saltwater fishing enthusiasts of the Lowcountry raised a boatload of funds, demonstrating the community’s commitment to go Fishing for a Cure. Of the 35 registered teams, 23 were able to compete on the new dates, raising $80,000.
The Celebrity Champion Angler team pitted former NFL star and accomplished actor Ed Marinaro with Jack Marchette of Wells Fargo bank and local fishing guide Capt. Jeremy Espiritu. Marinaro is in the College Football Hall of Fame and went on to a career with the Minnesota Vikings, including two Super Bowl appearances, before becoming known his role in the TV show “Hill Street Blues.”
The format of the Red*Trout event calls for two days of competitive fishing, which makes for a long weekend where competitors are often short on sleep.
The local fishing guides, led by Capt. Champ Smith, are more than up to the task of guiding business leaders who sponsor boats in the competition.
“My wife’s nephew was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, and we became active in raising awareness about how fishermen can contribute and make a difference in the fight against the condition,” said Capt. Smith.
Jeff Dennis is an outdoor writer and photographer who grew up on a creek in Charleston loving the saltwater, and he contributes regularly to All At Sea Southeast. Read his blog at www.LowcountryOutdoors.com