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Fishing Tournament ChaseN’Tailz Raises Astounding $100,000 for Charity!

Six years ago on October 1, baby Chase Edward Warren was born. Although he passed away at the tender age of just 10 months old from Gaucher Type 2, a rare neurological condition, Chase’s memory lives on through his family and the ChaseN’Tailz Fishing Tournament.

Summer and Jay Warren established the ChaseN’Tailz Foundation in memory of their son, Chase, who passed away from Gaucher Type 2, a rare neurological condition.

This year, a record $100,000 was raised in the events leading up to and during the fifth annual ChazeN’Tailz tournament, which took place Sept. 8 in Jupiter, Florida. An astounding 165 boats competed – making it the most popular year yet for the charity tournament.

Because of the resounding success this year, Summer and Jay Warren, Chase’s parents, said the Foundation was able to directly support four very needy families with children suffering from rare illnesses.

Additionally, Summer said the couple plans to add an option on the Foundation’s Web site where needy families with sick children can directly apply for grants. She said the grant application is slated to go live in three weeks – making it possible for families to receive help without waiting until after the annual tournament.

“This is huge,” said Summer. “It is because of people and companies like TACO Marine that believe in us and our mission.”

This year, TACO President Jon Kushner arranged for the marine manufacturing company to donate a pair of Grand Slam Outrigger Mounts and Tele-Outrigger Poles, a rigging kitfilet table and poly tumbler holders to the ChaseN’Tailz silent auction, which took place during the tournament festivities.

Summer and Jay understand all too well the physical, mental and emotional toll of having a sick child. On top of that, the financial strain to pay for costly medical treatment and other services can be overwhelming.

“These families are going through the hardest times of their lives,” said Summer. “It can be a very lonely time. They can now be assured that they are not alone and [that] ChaseN’Tailz is here to help.”

In addition to directly supporting families, ChaseN’Tailz also supports the Quantum House, which is located on the campus of St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Quantum House provides a safe haven for families to stay whose children are receiving treatment for serious medical conditions. ChaseN’Tailz has helped support the Quantum House since the tournament’s inception in 2013.

ChaseN’Tailz also helps support the Live Like Jack Foundation, which promotes drowning awareness and water safety in memory of Jake Morrison, who passed away in a drowning accident in 2013.

“Oct 1st, my son Chase would have been 6 years old,” said Summer. “As much as I wish he was here, I cannot think of a better way to honor him than to present these families with donation checks.”

To learn more about ChaseN’Tailz and to donate, visit chasentailz.com.

Charity Fishing Tournament Raised $30,000 in Two Days!

Nearly 100 captains and their crew competed in the 4th annual Anglers For The Cure on Aug. 11 – reeling in more than $30,000 for prostate cancer awareness and research in just two days!

Tournament founder Adriana Somberg, who organized the first ever Anglers For The Cure in 2014, said 92 boats competed in this year’s event, compared to 65 in 2017.

Tournament founder Adriana Somberg, center, with guests and participants of the 4th annual Anglers For The Cure.

READ ALL ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT’S HISTORY HERE.

Additionally, 77 men received a free Complete Male Panel screening test during the Captain’s Meeting Aug. 9 – a service donated by One Lab in Boca Raton, Florida and supplemented by the charity.

Men lining up during the Captain’s Meeting to receive their free Complete Male Panel blood test, donated by One Lab.

The Complete Male Panel not only screens for the Prostate Specific Antigen [PSA], the most common indicator for prostate cancer, but also tested various other functions, including but not limited to a Complete Blood Count [CBC], a Comprehensive Metabolic Panel [CMP] and the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone [TSH].

“The men lining up for the testing was by far the most gratifying for me,” said Somberg, who lost her husband, Reed, to prostate cancer in 2014 – an outcome she aims to prevent for others by promoting earlier detection, awareness and research for a cure.

All 77 men who were tested are slated to receive their Complete Male Panel results sometime this week.

Somberg said more than 350 competitors and guests attended the Captain’s Meeting and tournament-day festivities, which had events leadings up to and during the weigh-in that included a raffle and silent auction.

For the silent auction, TACO Marine donated a pair of Aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles, and other goodies for the Captain’s Buckets.

Each participating boat received one Captain’s Bucket.

“We’re very proud to be a contributing sponsor to Anglers For The Cure and were glad they had a successful tournament,” said TACO VP of Sales & Marketing Mike Kushner. “They are doing so much good within the community. Causes like this are ones that we’re thrilled to be a part of.”

While the tournament’s fiscal year is not yet over, Somberg estimates the charity will raise between $90,000 and $100,000 for prostate cancer research and awareness.

Somberg standing with a group of tournament participants and their fresh-caught Mahi Mahi.

“I will be hopefully doing other small fundraisers and collecting more funds,” said Somberg.

2018 benefactors include the Prostate Cancer Foundation, TrustBridge, ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer and Treasure Health. For more information about prostate cancer and when men should be tested, read here.

To donate to and read more about the charity and this year’s tournament winners, visit anglersforthecure.com.

Charity Fishing Tournament Angling to Save Lives Through Early Prostate Cancer Detection & Awareness

After prostate cancer claimed the life of her husband, Reed, of 29 years, Adriana Somberg launched the charity fishing tournament Anglers For The Cure – providing life-saving PSA blood tests for men and research funding to find a cure for the disease.

Reed and Adriana Somberg.

The Somberg’s story begins in 1985 when the pair met at a Miami job interview, where Reed ultimately hired his future wife as his legal secretary. Over the years, the outdoorsy couple did everything together, including their mutual passion for boating, fishing and just about anything to do with the water.

In 2009 when Reed, then 54, went to the doctor for a routine physical exam, his bloodwork showed an elevated prostate-specific antigen [PSA] – blood markers primarily used to screen for prostate cancer. He was eventually diagnosed with the disease and completed radiation therapy, but the cancer returned and had metastasized to his bones.

Reed passed away on May 22, 2014 at the age of 59.

Despite no family history and being at peak health, Adriana believes Reed would still be alive today if he had his PSA screening much earlier in life. The American Cancer Society recommends men begin having PSA tests at age 50. For men with a higher-than-average risk, it is recommended they begin testing at age 45.

A few months after Reed’s passing, Adriana competed in Bluewater Babes Fish for a Cure – an all-female fishing tournament to raise money for Florida breast and ovarian cancer patients in financial need.

“That’s when I woke up and said I wanted to do something for the guys,” said Adriana, who immediately began planning the first tournament.

“I had zero experience doing the fundraisers or any kind of charity event,” added Adriana, who began cold calling fishing magazines and marine manufacturers for donations and sponsorships after launching the non-profit.

In Oct. 2014, Adriana launched the first ever Anglers For The Cure tournament in West Palm Beach, Florida – raising a staggering $45,000 for prostate cancer research and awareness.

“Reed and I had spent years just fishing and scuba diving,” said Adriana, who organized a fishing tournament because she knew it was something her late husband would have enjoyed.

Now in its fourth consecutive year, Adriana hopes to break $100,000 at this year’s event August 11.

The inaugural tournament had 33 boats and 80 sponsors. After growing steadily each year, Adriana said she expects roughly 75 boats and close to 120 sponsors for this year’s tournament.

In 2017 at the Miami International Boat Show, Adriana met TACO VP Mike Kushner, who was, at the time, showcasing the TACO Marine Project Boat, which was eventually raffled for charity. After learning about Reed and Anglers For The Cure, Kushner said he wanted to support Adriana’s fundraiser.

“I think every male needs to get checked when you reach a certain age,” said Kushner. “Prostate cancer is one of those things that it’s so easily preventable if caught early.”

Because so many TACO Marine fans – fishing and boating enthusiasts – are men, Kushner said Anglers For The Cure was a great, local event for the Miami-based company to support.

This year, TACO donated a pair of Aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles, which are slated as one of the silent auction items during the fishing tournament.

Last year, for the first time in the tournament’s history, every man who attended the Captain’s Meeting had the option of receiving a free PSA screening test – a service donated by One Lab in Boca Raton, Florida.

One Lab in Boca Raton, Florida donated free PSA screening tests for all men who attended the Captain’s Meeting during the 2017 tournament.

Of the 57 men who had a free PSA screening at last year’s event, two discovered they had prostate cancer.

“They would not have found out had it not been for them participating,” said Adriana.

Finholder and More Founder John Adinolfe was one of the men recently diagnosed with prostate cancer, which was discovered early stage.

Because he had his PSA tested during the Anglers For the Cure Captain’s Meeting in 2017, Adinolfe knew his levels had spiked when he had a blood test again in early 2018, which showed an elevated PSA.

John Adinolfe with Adriana, center, and his wife, Michele, during the 2017 Anglers For The Cure tournament.

“I would like to thank Adriana Somberg and Anglers For the Cure for making me aware of the importance of knowing your PSA score,” said Adinolfe, who is currently in treatment. “Her message is loud and clear: Get tested. Early detection is the key to your survival.”

Because of the support of One Lab, Adriana plans to not only continue with the free screening at this year’s Captain’s Meeting, but will offer a more comprehensive male panel blood test Aug. 9, when the meeting takes place.

“If 100 guys line up and get it done, that’s OK with me,” said Adriana, who will donate a portion of the event proceeds to pay for the advanced prostate screening. “I want to provide that test to them.”

2018 benefactors also include the Prostate Cancer Foundation, TrustBridge, ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer and Treasure Health.

For men everywhere, Adriana has one simple reminder.

“Prostate cancer is not an old man’s disease,” she said. “Early detection is key to living a long and healthy life with prostate cancer. It’s a simple blood test.”

For more information on the tournament, visit anglersforthecure.com. For more information on prostate cancer, visit the American Cancer Society at cancer.org.

TACO Marine-Sponsored Tournament Supported Florida Toys For Tots

This past October, Dorado Boats, headquartered in Palm Harbor, Florida, hosted its first ever Fall Classic Fishing Tournament in Tampa, Florida. As a leader in the sport fishing community for nearly 60 years, TACO Marine was a proud sponsor of this exciting event!

Not only were competitors angling for Snook, Red Fish, Trout and a Grand Slam, but all proceeds benefited the Toys for Tots Foundation – supporting children and families in need during the holiday season.

Thanks to this wonderful event, more than 300 toys were donated to Toys for Tots in Pinellas County, Florida – spreading cheer and the spirit of giving.

Check out the pictures below, courtesy of the Dorado Boats Facebook page, highlighting a job well done.

Taco Marine’s Partner, the Liquid Fire Fishing Team, Takes First Place.

The 35th Annual Swansboro Rotary Club Swansboro Five-O King Mackeral Tournament, was comprised of 50 teams – some of the most respected, and skilled fishermen around. Anticipation for this event has been building for months.

Liquid fire wins fishing tournament

The Liquid Fire Fishing Team started off catching some bait on Wednesday and then pre-fished on Thursday. Heading out Friday morning to catch more bait, they never expected to catch the 51.82 King by 7:45 a.m. on Day 1. They also had one of their best tournament days in North Carolina, catching 14 fish throughout the day in an effort to upgrade their early morning catch.

There was still the possibility that their King could be beaten on Day-2, so they headed out Saturday morning, knowing they had to continue fishing hard to try and upgrade their fish to stay in first place. There are always bigger fish out there, so it was a long day of Liquid-Fire-$73Kfishing not knowing if their fish would hold up against the other fishing teams. But by the end of the final day, Liquid Fire came away with first place and a check for $73,435 for their 51.82 lb. King! Taco Marine congratulates the Liquid Fire Fishing Team on their big win!

Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day is May 16

Lion Fish removal

Help remove lionfish from Florida waters this weekend, May 16th.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is celebrating its first annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day by hosting and promoting a weekend of exciting events across the state, starting Saturday, May 16.

Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day (the first Saturday after Mother’s Day each year) was created by FWC Commissioners to raise awareness about lionfish, a nonnative, invasive species that have a potential negative impact on native species and habitat.

Ready to help? The FWC will be hosting a Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day Festival and Tournament in Pensacola and promoting several other events hosted across the state. Click here to find a lion fish event in your area.  Can’t make any of the organized events? Remove lionfish on your own and to report your catch, click here.

Sport Fishing Restoration: How anglers and state agencies work together…

Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation
Courtesy of “Take Me Fishing” which is associated with the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation.

The Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration (SFR) Program has had a major impact on sport fishing nationwide. Since its enactment in 1950, state fish and wildlife agencies have received more than $3.2 billion under the program. The tax monies collected go to state fish and wildlife agencies for fisheries research, habitat improvement, aquatic education and fishing and boating access facilities such as docks and ramps.

It’s all made possible by sportsmen and women who, by doing the things they love – fishing and boating – help to restore and protect fish and their habitats in each state in this country. The purchase of fishing equipment and motor boat fuels by fishing and boating enthusiasts supports sportfish restoration, preservation and conservation. By taxing anglers, it gives them a stake in ensuring the money is used wisely. This forms the basis of the “cycle of success” graphic depicted above.

Taco Marine Outriggers Ready for Action

Great day of fishing at the White Marlin Open!
Great day of fishing at the White Marlin Open!

Taco Marine Grand Slam Outriggers ready for action at the White Marlin Open fishing tournament in Ocean City, Maryland. It is billed at the largest billfish tournament in the world. The IBEX show is in Tampa this year, come see us and our new products.

Liquid Fire Sport Fishing Team Almost Got the Big One of the Day

Taco Marine sponsored fishing team Liquid Fire‘s recent success: “While we missed the daily big-fish mahi prize by only about two pounds, we had the pleasure and honor of bringing a couple of decent mahi to the scales at the White Marlin Open… WOW, what a weigh-in and an event!”   – Captain Mark Henderson

White Marlin Open: 19.5 and 18.5 lb. Dolphins
White Marlin Open: 19.5 and 18.5 lb. Dolphins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To learn more about Taco Marine outrigger and other fishing accessories go to Taco Marine.com. or come visit us at the IBEX Marine Technology Showcase, September 30th – October 2nd at the Tampa Convention Center.