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  Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation hosts the 13th annual Horizons Fishing Tournament benefitting childrens grief support services Bookmark and Share

A 54.6 pound wahoo wins the Grand Prize

In an unusual day for Florida fishing, kingfish were outdone by Wahoo and Dolphin fish at Hospice of Palm Beach County’s 13th annual Horizons Fishing Tournament. Held on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at Riviera Beach Marina, anglers on 123 boats competed for the largest catch of the day. Matthew Alligood, aboard the boat Catch One, took home the Grand Prize for reeling in a 54.6 pound wahoo. Close second was Fred Clevenger for a 54.1 pound wahoo!

Mark Wodlinger and Grand Prize winner, Matthew Alligood, whose wahoo topped the scales at 54.6 pounds.

Departing from their inlet of choice, anglers cast their lines in the water by 6:30 a.m. After a day of rough seas, the boats weighed in at The Square Grouper in Jupiter or Riviera Beach Marina, where spectators filled the grandstand to watch the fish being wheel-barrowed in. Fishmongers Cod & Capers were on hand to assist with donated fish.

“Many of the fishermen not only participated in the tournament to win prizes, but donated their fish back to Hospice to support children’s bereavement programs,” said Greg Leach, president of the Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation. “They are a very generous community, and with each fish caught I think about how it will impact the life of a young person.”

Chris Boesell, Cindy Cswerbo and Jeff Bell reeled in two great-looking dolphin. Weighing in at 32.9 pounds, Boesell’s dolphin took first place in the Tournament.

The Awards Ceremony Dinner followed weigh-in, where the winners received cash and prizes. Big winners included Chris Boesel for the largest dolphin at 32.9 pounds and Mike Wood for the largest kingfish at 36.4 pounds. The top prize in the Junior Division went to Dale Gosnell for a 15.2 pound dolphin. Frank Call caught a 4.3 pound red grouper to win the snapper/grouper contest. Belinda Machiela won the Ladies Division prize with a 27.5 pound kingfish.

“We’d sincerely like to thank all of the participants, sponsors, volunteers, our committee and chairs for coming together so that children who are grieving the loss of a loved one can receive the help they need,” said Greg Leach, president of Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation.

Three generations fished the Tournament together. Rear: Billy Davis, Don Browne and Steve Davis. Front: Jake Browne.

Sponsors of the 2012 Horizons Fishing Tournament include AMG, Wells Fargo, Riviera Beach Marina, Park Avenue BBQ Grill, 1st United Bank, Colonial Life, Asset Specialists, Gary and Denise Nagle, Grand Slam Castaways KDW Tournament, calm C clothing, the Pink Tuna, C.R. Dunn, Inc. Electrical Construction, Tuppens Marine & Tackle, Contender, BB&T, KPA Promotions, LINE-X, Enterprise Bank, Anderson-Moore Construction, Halsey & Griffith, Janssen & Siracusa, ESPN 760AM, GATER 98.7, Sun Sentinel, Southeastern Printing and Leonard Bryant Photography.

For more information about the Tournament, please call Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation at 561.494.6888. To join the committee or become an event sponsor for the 2013 Horizons Fishing Tournament, please email Lauryn Barry at lbarry@hpbcf.org.

* photo credit: Leonard Bryant Photography

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