Lady Angler Tournament exceeds fundraising goals

Advanced Roofing team weigh-in. They took first and second in both dolphin and wahoo. PHOTO CREDIT: Stuart Sailfish Club.
Advanced Roofing team weigh-in. They took first and second in both dolphin and wahoo. PHOTO CREDIT: Stuart Sailfish Club.

Stuart Sailfish Club has released the final numbers for the latest Lady Angler Tournament and the results show the event exceeded previous year’s fundraising. The Saltwater Sisters Lady Angler Tournament was held the weekend of September 23 and 24 at Pirate’s Cove Resort and Marina, in Port Salerno. Events leading up to the tournament itself included a number of pre-parties and a Captain’s Fashion Show.

Event Chairwoman Margaret Dyer has watched the event grow over the past three years. “This was the 31st annual tournament, but over the last three years, we’ve watched fundraising increase each year.  Our silent auction is huge with dozens of baskets, artwork, and fishing related items.  And this year, we raffled off a boat, trailer and motor package that was very popular. We also saw more sponsors step up to the plate to help our chosen charities. We raised a total of $45,000 from all our events and fundraisers. We are so thankful to our sponsors, our tireless volunteers and to all the captains and anglers that came out to participate.”

Charities that will benefit from the event include Friends in Pink, a local organization that provides financial assistance for those on the Treasure Coast battling breast cancer; Windsor Community Angels, an organization that pays for free mammograms for Treasure Coast residents; and the Sailfish Club’s Scholarship program.


Costume Contest winner:  Damn Yankee
Boat Decorating Contest winner:  Hope


  1. Advanced Roofing, Mindy Marks, 16.43-pounds
  2. Advanced Roofing, Stephanie Scott, 13.94-pounds


  1. Advanced Roofing, Mindy Marks, 5.34-pounds
  2. Advanced Roofing, Stephanie Scott, 4.46-pounds


  1. Reel Anarchy, Alicia Lipscomb, 33.4-pounds
  2. Marine Max, Alison Oughterson, 32.61-pounds

BILLFISH Release Points. (2016 all sails, no other billfish)

  1. SHOWTIME! 500 pts
  2. Hope 200 pts

Polly Whippen Award, a special Stuart Sailfish Club trophy, was given to the member who releases the first sailfish of the day.  The 2016 Winner was Nancy Hardwick on SHOWTIME!

Sponsors of the event included Pirate’s Cove Resort and Marina, Bonner Mobile Bar and the Paella King, Blue Marlin Cove, HMY Yachts, STS Aviation Group, Stuart Magazine, Treasure Coast Newspapers and TCPalm, Your Voice Weekly, Coastal Angler Magazine, Weekly Tidbits, TentLogix, MarineMax, Coast 101.3 FM, Gunvaldsen Family Foundation, Pondersoa Inc., Wilmington Trust, Whiticar Boatworks, Shurhold, J. Weiss PR, Windsor Imaging, Floridian Sport Fishing, Lewis Marine Supply, Sailfish Marina of Stuart, Drew Pittman-Auctions, Mount This Fish, Ted Glasrud Associates, Fogel Capital Management, Geoffrey Smith Galleries, Engel Coolers, Araho Balloons, Hooked Nation, Casamigos Tequila, Diamond Fishing Products/Moimoi’s Hi-Catch, Southern Eagle, Marine Industries of the Treasure Coast, Twisted Tuna, Alpha Media, Treasure and Space Coast Radio, Horizon Broadcasting and Harbor Community Bank.  The 14-foot skiff was donated by Billfish Boatworks, along with a Mercury 9.9 HP four-stroke outboard motor from Riverwatch Marina and boat trailer from AmeraTrail.

Plans are underway for the next event, the 63rd annual Light Tackle Tournament and 3rd annual Florida Sailfish Amateur Championship to be held December 8-11 at Sailfish Point Marina on Hutchinson Island. For more information about the upcoming tournaments or the Stuart Sailfish Club, call 772-286-9373 or email

For more information about Saltwater Sisters Fishing Tournament, go to or “Like” them on Facebook at to keep up with the latest Tournament news.  The Stuart Sailfish Club is a 501(c)3 organization.

ABOVE: Cindy Allen explains how tournament funds help breast cancer victims with treatment expenses.