Almost as if signifying: “this one’s for you, Trevor,” a few rays of sun peeped briefly through the heavy clouds right at the dawn start of the annual T-Rex One Last Cast fishing tournament.
The tournament, the fifth of its kind, was in honor of Marco Islander Trevor Smith – who died tragically in an incident December 2014 on the island at age 30.
During a Captain’s meeting and fundraiser the evening before the tournament, hundreds of people converged on Kretch’s Restaurant to remember their friend and support his humanitarian philosophy on life.
A major tournament beneficiary, therefore, is Youth Haven, while another reflects Smith’s passion for fishing – Captains for Clean Water.
The tournament and fundraisers are held under the umbrella of the Trevor Smith Memorial Foundation, created by his parents Tom and Linda, and brother Wes, along with Shauna Fernandez, Wes Smith’s wife Naomi, Jack Stroube, J.J. Stinchcomb and Drew Naeckel.
At Kretch’s, a buddy of Smith – Zach Mato – described Trevor as “the nicest guy in the world, and always full of fun.”
Close friend Drew Naeckel said the tournament is intended to keep Smith’s legacy alive.
“He was a really good guy, a kind person,” Naeckel said. “He always wanted to help less fortunate kids out.”
Naeckel was one of the original architects of the tournament too, and said it had been a “no brainer” deciding on a contest out on the water.
“We have a strong community, and this is an awesome outpouring,” Naeckel said.
The morning of the tournament, which began at the Goodland boat ramp, bore the tail end of storm Nestor – but wind and drizzle didn’t deter any of the anglers.
They went out in search of trout, redfish and snook, and the combined length of one of each species eventually determined the winners.
In the fly division, Ken Chambers and Travis Fulford of Team Hasbeens won the catch and release outing with a total of 47 inches.
Brian and Dylan Carlos, along with Troy Pruitt (Team Pruitt) took the open section with 73.25 inches.
The foundation constantly seeks donations for its causes, and people interested in helping should visit TRexonelastcast.com for details.