Monday, December 10, 2018

T-Rex “One Last Cast” Fishing Tournament Honors Fallen Fisherman


First place team “Hankin on Bobo” won $5,000 in the T-Rex “One Last Cast” Fishing Tournament.

First place team “Hankin on Bobo” won $5,000 in the T-Rex “One Last Cast” Fishing Tournament.

At the end of a long day of fishing out in the hot Florida sun, Trevor Smith, without fail, would ask his friends for “one last cast.” In essence, one last chance to reel in that big, uncatchable fish and prolong the day with his buddies. The saying has always resonated with Trevor’s friends and family.

In 2014, at the age of 30, Trevor died unexpectedly. In the aftermath of his untimely death, the Smith family created the Trevor Smith Memorial Foundation. The nonprofit donates to local organizations that focus on family-related services. Trevor had always had a strong bond with his young niece Riley. He hoped to one day have a family of his own.

100 Fishermen on 32 boats set sail out of the Goodland Park Boat Ramp for the annual fishing tournament.

100 Fishermen on 32 boats set sail out of the Goodland Park Boat Ramp for the annual fishing tournament.

Each year the foundation hosts the T-Rex “One Last Cast” Fishing Tournament in his honor. The two-day event also includes a “Captain’s Banquet,” which is open to the public. Last week, 100 fishermen and women on 32 boats set sail out of the Goodland Park Boat Ramp for a day of fishing, fun, and fundraising.

The fishing tournament, now in its third year, was almost halted due to the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma. According to Jack Stroube, Trevor’s uncle, conditions were iffy. The board members thought of cancelling the event all together. Luckily, that didn’t happen.

 

 

“We did not decide to have the tournament until three weeks before because of the hurricane, and did not know if anyone would be able to attend or fish. What a turnout!”

Approximately 250 people attended the Captain’s Banquet at Kretch’s Restaurant on Marco Island. The banquet, which took place the evening before the tournament, was a huge success. Bigticket prizes were auctioned, including an offshore fishing trip with former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher. The lucky recipient will enjoy a full day aboard Urlacher’s new 42-foot Yellowfin yacht, captained by Stephen Cooper. Other prizes included a condo in Spain and a variety of different fishing trip options.

Trevor Smith would often ask friends for “one last cast” at the end of a long fishing day. In the aftermath of his death, the saying resonated with his friends and family.

Trevor Smith would often ask friends for “one last cast” at the end of a long fishing day. In the aftermath of his death, the saying resonated with his friends and family.

The fishing tournament brought fierce competition and a whole lot of love. Over the course of the two-day event the Trevor Smith Memorial Foundation raised approximately $30,000. Proceeds will benefit the victims of Hurricane Irma, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast, and Youth Haven in Naples.

As for the champions, the first place team took home $5,000, second place $3,000, third place $1,500, and fourth place $500. They all received trophies from Lobster Trap Art. The foundation also raffled off $10,000 in cash to three lucky people.

The fishing tournament was created three years ago in honor of Marco Islander Trevor Smith, who passed away in 2014 at the age of 30.

The fishing tournament was created three years ago in honor of Marco Islander Trevor Smith, who passed away in 2014 at the age of 30.

If you would like more information on the Trevor Smith Memorial Foundation visit: t-rex1fish2fish.com.

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