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First Hooked on Heroes Benefit Fishing Tournament was great success

1st Place Redfish winner of $1,000 went to Capt. Leslie Hernandez, right, and his crew, Debra and Ted Clarke. Weighing in at 7.55 pounds. -Courtesy Photo

By Tami Stevenson

Hooked on Heroes, the non-profit organization that takes veterans fishing, held its first fishing tournament to help raise funds for the organization, recently. It was a huge success.

Held in Steinhatchee at the Sea Hag Marina, they had 70 entrants all wanting to help the organization raise money to take veterans fishing and hoping to catch the big trophy fish that would reel in some of the prize money, totaling $3400.

“The tournament went fantastic. The people that came were helpful. They went along with all our rules and regulations. No one complained about anything, so I was real satisfied with the way it went,” commented Hooked on Heroes founder Ron Cadle. “We appreciate our sponsors, the boaters, the volunteers and everyone who came out and helped with the tournament.”
The event went so well, they are already making preparations for one next year.

Below are the results from the tournament!

1st Place $1000 – Leslie Hernandez 7.55lbs
2nd Place $500 – Collin English 7.51lbs
3rd Place $200 – Jeff Taylor 6.84lbs

1st Place $1000 – Ron Higdon 3.13lbs
2nd Place $500 – Matt Brooks 3.11lbs
3rd Place $200 – Julie Hause 2.64lbs
Jr. Angler – (12 & under)
Otis Bass, black drum, 2.64lbs

The next fishing trip to take the veterans fishing, at no cost to them, of course, is scheduled for October 2, 2021, in Steinhatchee at the Sea Hag Marina. They are in need of captains with boats to help take groups out on the water. Other welcomed donations are tackle, hand towels, cooling rags, water, snacks, life jackets, clip on umbrellas, sunscreen, etc.
Folks can expect Sheriff Sam St. John, along with his volunteers, to be there in October serving their chicken and rice dinners for the veterans as well.

For more information or if anyone would like to make a donation to Hooked on Heroes, please contact Ron Cadle at 386-364-9549 or 386-364-4170 or visit their website at

2nd Place Redfish at $500, went to Collin English and his 7.51lb redfish. -HOH Courtesy Photo

3rd Place Redfish winner, weighing 6.84 lbs., reeled in $200 and was caught by Jeff Taylor. -HOH Courtesy Photo

1st Place Trout at $1,000 went to Ron Higdon and his 3.13 lb trout. -HOH Courtesy Photo

2nd Place Trout at $500, went to Matt Brooks weighing at 3.11 lbs. -HOH Courtesy Photo

Julie and Greg Hause celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary fishing together! Julie’s trout, weighing 2.64 lbs, won 3rd Place at $200. -HOH Courtesy Photo

Otis Bass won the Jr. Angler Heaviest Fish Category with his black drum weighing at 4.23 lbs. He won a new Penn rod & reel. -HOH Courtesy Photo