events makeup 14th Mercury/Cheeca Redbone Celebrity Fishing
Redfish and bonefish await fishermen for famed catch & release event;
Jane Seymour, Curt Gowdy, Ed Marinaro, Jimmy Johnson and Chris Evert among many celeb anglers helping to “catch the cure for CF”
ISLAMORADA, In the Florida Keys — There is still an
opportunity to fish with a movie, TV, news or sports personality in the 14TH
Annual Mercury Outboards/Cheeca Redbone celebrity fishing tournament, scheduled
for Friday through Sunday, Nov. 2 - 4, in the waters surrounding Islamorada.
Redbone is the crown jewel in the “triple crown” fall series of flats
tournaments in the Fla. Keys to help raise money to find a cure for cystic
tournament, expected to have nearly 70 boats, still has a limited number of
openings for participants to fish with a celebrity (at $2,500) as well as team
entries ($3,000 for two people). For
non-anglers, tickets are also available for all of the celebrity social
functions at $125 per person.
Among the top celebrities fishing are Emmy Award winning actress Jane Seymour and her movie director husband James Keach, eight-time hall of fame sportscaster and American Sportsman host Curt Gowdy, actor (Hill Street Blues, Sisters) Ed Marinaro and twice Super Bowl winning coach Jimmy Johnson of the Dallas Cowboys.
in 1988, the Mercury/Cheeca Redbone targets the redfish and bonefish. Anglers
score multiple points by catching both species. The fish are all measured,
photographed and immediately released at the boat.
Redbone has granted more than $2 million to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Original artworks are to be awarded as prizes to the top anglers and teams, as
well as champion anglers in the general, spin and fly divisions. Artwork is also
presented for the most fish released and the largest fish caught and released in
each target species.
tournament’s grand champion angler will also receive a Rolex watch and
advances to the IGFA/Rolex Inshore Championship in the spring..
for the Redbone is slated for Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Cheeca Lodge
Resort’s Pennekamp Room. Registration is to be followed by a cocktail
reception, rules meeting for anglers and guides, kickoff dinner and live
auction. Fishing is set for 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3; and 7 a.m. to
3 p.m. Sunday, Nov 4.
awards banquet is scheduled for 8 p.m. Sunday at the Cheeca Lodge.
more information about the Mercury Outboards Redbone Celebrity Tournament
Series, call Susan Ellis
at (305) 664-2002.
Mercury Redbone series points standings: grand championship/gold Rolex
the series points race, Jim Bokor, Tavernier, with a win at the Mercury Baybone
and third place finish at the Mercury SLAM, leads with 1500 points going into
the Redbone series’ final event.
series grand champion Dan Zicari, Vero Beach, is second with 1,000 points from
his win at the SLAM.
long shots to win the gold Rolex and series blue jacket as grand champions of
the series are Carter Andrews, Crooked Islands, Bahamas, and Tim Mahaffey,
Miami, both tied in third place at 750 points. Joe Viar, Alexandria, Va., with
500 points, is in fifth place. Point
values of 1,000, 750, 500 and 250 are awarded to the top four anglers in each of
the three fall series events.
Special one-day fly-fishing event precedes Mercury/Cheeca Redbone
Seventh Annual Seamaster Superfly, a one-day, one-fly tournament, precedes the
Redbone as fly-fishermen compete for a grand slam of fish.
is at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1st at the Zane Grey Lounge at World Wide Sportsman.
is Friday, Nov 2, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. A 5 p.m. awards ceremony will follow.
Chris Evert Celebrity Tennis Experience
For a donation of $100 you can get coached by Tennis
Hall of Fame’s Chris Evert at her annual clinic to help “net a cure for
CF.” The clinic begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3rd at the Cheeca
Lodge Tennis Courts. For more information call the Redbone office at
305-884-2002 or Cheeca tennis pro Tim Farwell at 305-664-4651.
Jane Seymour art auction and dinner for CF
are still a limited number of tickets left for a private reception with Jane
Seymour including cocktails, and a sumptuous four-course dinner with wine and an
auction of her works of art on Saturday evening at Pierre’s.
Cost per couple is $500, which also includes a signed poster by Ms.
Seymour and a $100 raffle ticket into the Redbone’s Mercury/ActionCraft Boat
auction. Ms. Seymour’s paintings
will include originals, watercolors and limited editions.
Many Redbone events open to the public
public is invited to meet the celebrity anglers from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday afternoons at the Lorelei docks at MM 82 bayside following the
silent auction with hundreds of items, will also take place throughout the
weekend in the Pennekamp Room at the Cheeca Lodge.
very popular live radio auction on Easy 96.9 WKEZ-FM will also take place
Saturday from the Cheeca from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Bidders can make their bids on a wide assortment of items including
fishing tackle, trips, gift certificates from local merchants and restaurants,
two tickets to Europe on American Airlines and a seven-night Caribbean Cruise.
will also be a two-day Redbone Art Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the
grounds of the Lorelei. Redbone
clothing will also be offered for sale along with chances in two raffles for
Mercury outboard rigged ActionCraft and Hells Bay Boats.
Ms. Seymour, Gowdy, Marinaro and Johnson, other celebrities competing include
two-time NASA space shuttle astronaut Bruce Melnick, anchorman Brian Nelson
of "CNN News " and NFL Hall of Famer Ted Hendricks of the Oakland Raiders. Other football greats include Gary Dunn (Pittsburgh
Steelers), Mark Cooper (Denver
Broncos) Jon Geisler and Eric Laakso (Miami
Dolphins). Celebrity pros include
TV show hosts Jose Wejebe,
Andy Mill and
legendary fly fisherman Stu Apte.
League baseball will be represented by Jeff Tam of the Oakland A’s, Boston Red
Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield, former Fla. Marlin Bill Hurst and recently retired Red Sox Mike Stanley.
Also competing will be artists from the Redbone Gallery including James
Harris and Tim
Book Signing for CF
"Bubba" Rich, a long-time competitor and sponsor of the Redbone tournaments, will be
signing copies of his newly released book, "Fish Fights: A Hall of Fame
Quest" (Lyons Press/Globe Pequot, August, 2001) during the weekend. All
proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
amusing and entertaining book chronicles Rich’s quest for the prestigious
South Florida Metropolitan Tournament Hall of Fame.
The author, who presides over one of the largest family-owned food
businesses in the world, has been fishing the Florida waters and beyond for over
25 years. He is only the second
person to be inducted into the MET’s Hall of Fame, and he accomplished the
feat catching the ten big-game fish in record time.
What is meant to be a lifetime achievement, Rich accomplished in just
over a year.
Plus sponsors of the Mercury Outboards title sponsored Redbone series include
Rich Products, Robert-James Sales and Rolex.
Platinum sponsors include Cheeca Lodge, Orvis, Seamaster Reels, Seacoast
Supply Co., Actioncraft Boats,
American Specialties, Redbone Rods by Hurricane and Hell’s Bay Boat Works.