When asked what he would be doing as he left the Los Angeles Dodgers last
October, former manager Davey Johnson replied he'd be spending more time

He has!  

Johnson (left) is a popular personality in the growing number of Mercury
Outboards Redbone Celebrity Fishing Tournament events to raise funds for
research to "catch the cure for cystic fibrosis (CF)."  With guide Capt.
Scott Nickels, Johnson holds one of the several redfish he caught,
photographed, measured and immediately released at the recent Mercury
Redbone@Large at Mosquito Lagoon near Cape Canaveral, Fla.  Johnson was beat
out by veteran MLB star Mike Stanley in the celeb category, fishing for
redfish and trout.

Depending on the tournament/location in the 14-year old series, anglers pay
$2,000 to $2,500 to team with a celebrity and guide for two-days of
competition and social functions. The long list of celebrities include Hall
of Fame members Jack Youngblood (NFL), Ted Hendricks (NFL), Tucker
Fredrickson (NFL), John Havlicek (NBA), Denis Potvin (NHL), Mike Schmidt
(MLB), Chris Evert (tennis) and Stu Apte (fishing). The growing list also
includes sports stars Wade Boggs, Dave Kingman, Earl Morrall, Steve Towle,
Brian Hill, Tim Wakefield, along with TV and movie personalities like Curt
Gowdy, James B. Sikking, Ed Marinaro, Marty Milner, Jane Seymour, and Lauren
Hutton.  Other personalities include 2-time space shuttle astronaut Bruce
Melnick, Desert Storm General H. Norman Schwarzkopf,  plus rock concerts at
the events with Clarence Clemons (E-Street Band saxophonist/singer).

The series, which began in 1988 in the Florida Keys with the help of
baseball's Ted Williams to attract other celebrities, has grown to over 12
yearly international events.  The number is expected to grow more as CF
Foundation chapters in coastal communities are working with the Redbone's
tournament format, title sponsor Mercury Marine, local guides, volunteers and
celebrities for the unique fund-raising efforts. Artwork and sculptures are
awarded the winners in numerous fishing categories.  So far the Redbone
events have raised over $1.8 million for CF research. Former President George
Bush has singled out Mercury Marine's and the Redbone's work for CF charities
as well as environmental causes.

Besides the original fall series in the Florida Keys, the newest celebrity
tournament locations added this year includes the Everglades (tarpon, redfish
and snook) and Montauk, Long Island NY (striper, bluefish and false


Editors:  For more information for your readers on fishing the Mercury
Redbone events call the Redbone office in Islamorada, Florida at 305-664-2002
or e-mail redboneinc@aol.com.  If you would like more information/celebrity
fishing photos, etc. on this unique grassroots effort for future editorial
use please call Pete Johnson/Johnson Communications, Scottsdale, Ariz.  at
480-951-3654 or via e-mail at  johnsoncom@aol.com