The Coastal Conservation Association Florida (CCA) held its annual Inter-chapter Challenge (ICC) June 20-21 at Jensen Beach. A record 197 anglers representing 19 local chapters statewide made the trip to fish the tournament at Jensen Beach, near Port St. Lucie.
The ICC is a photo all-release tournament and the grand champion is based on the team’s total inches of snook, redfish and trout. All anglers are required to fish with artificial lures only. Anglers compete both as team members and individuals. The divisions included team snook, redfish, and trout, which were based on the team’s three largest fish of each species. Individual divisions included open angler, fly, ladies, youth and mystery fish.
The Martin County Chapter won the Alex Jernigan Grand Championship with a 35.25-inch snook, a 20.5-inch redfish and a 28-inch trout. For the fourth time, their chapter name will join the past Grand Champions, which include Manatee County, Orlando and Naples. The Martin County Chapter just edged out the Orlando Chapter by only 2.25 inches.
The Alex Jernigan Grand Championship trophy will be proudly displayed at River Palm Cottages & Fish Camp in Jensen Beach until next year. The 2015 ICC will be held June 26-27. Next year’s tournament will feature an all-new offshore division.