Fishin' on the dock of the bay during the Seawall Rodeo.

Big Catch: The Skip Cline Society fishing tournament raises funds for Morton Plant Mease pediatric care

Morton Plant Mease Health Care Foundation’s Skip Cline Society hosted its 11th Annual Seawall Rodeo & Inshore Fishing Tournament at Carlouel Yacht Club April 23-24, supporting pediatric programs at the hospitals of Morton Plant Mease.

Gatherin’ round at the Captains’ Party on Friday night.

The weekend’s events included a cocktail party and captains’ meeting for the anglers on Friday evening with live music and a silent auction.

Guests at the Captains’ Party included (l to r) Billy Henry, Charlie Hart, Tessa Goss, Merideth Henry and Peter Dimmitt.
Captains’ Party guests Kelsey and Nichole King, Mike Sovie and Allison Denman.

Saturday’s family-friendly festivities included a seawall rodeo on the docks and lunch at Carlouel while the Inshore Tournament took place on the water.

Kids were treated to a day of activities, fishing and a surprise guest appearance from Phinley, the Clearwater Threshers mascot.

Little fisherman Carter Juhl gets a helping hand from his mom, Christin.

The Inshore Tournament participants took home prizes for the top catches of snook, redfish and trout, with the overall Slam winner totaling out a catch of 90.75 inches.

A participant in the Inshore Fishing Tournament shows off a big catch.

Thanks to the continued generosity of community and sponsors, Skip Cline Society has granted more than $350,000 since 2009.

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