Anglers, get your bait and tackle ready! The 7th Annual Grouper Grapple returns to Fish Tale Marina on August 16 & 17, offering a full day of fishing fun for a great cause – wounded veterans – by teaming up with Reunite the Fight, a group that gives assistance to combat-injured military service veterans.
The Grouper Grapple was founded by Brian Peachey in 2013 as a means to give back to the community and show support to combat wounded veterans that have served our country. The tournament started with just 16 boats in 2013, and has grown each year since.
By teaming up with Reunite the Fight, the tournament has been able to turn the event into a vehicle that provides much needed therapy for sixteen combat wounded veterans returning from service. Grouper Grapple and Reunite the Fight provide the veterans with transportation to and from the event, hotel accommodations, breakfast, lunch and dinner Thursday – Sunday, Back Bay fishing trips, commemorative plaques, entry into the tournament and tournament events, specialized apparel and a chance to join their brothers in arms in an atmosphere designed just for them!
The fun begins on Friday night, August 16 with the mandatory Captain’s Meeting at Fish Tale Marina, where rules are explained and tournament gear distributed. Anglers may depart at 8:30pm to get some sleep, because lines are in the water at a 6:30am honor start. Fishing is limited to the area between Gordon Pass and Boca Grande, and all boats must return to Fish Tale and be in sight of the weigh master no later than 6pm. The weigh station will open at 4pm, raffles are from 4-7pm and the Awards Ceremony will be held from 9-10:30pm – the public is invited. Cost to enter is $600 per five-angler team (extra person $100).
All entry fees will be paid out to the winning teams and anglers. Sponsor packages are available.
For more tournament information or to register please visit www.groupergrapple.com or contact Brian Peachey at 239-437-6007.