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Reeling for Autism tournament brings out big catches

By Nathan Mayberg - Editor | Jun 22, 2021

The Reeling for Autism fishing tournament brought out 38 anglers this past weekend to Salty Sam’s Marina to support Family Initiative, the Cape Coral organization that assists children with autism by providing applied behavior analysis therapy and occupational therapy. More than $50,000 was raised for the organization through the tournament, silent auction and sponsorships.

The winner of the fishing tournament was Kevin Aley’s South Florida Outfitters. The runner-up was Doug Root’s D & D Matlacha Bait and Tackle.

Aley’s team caught a 37-inch snook, 33-inch redfish and 19-inch sea trout. Root’s team finished four-inches off the leader with a 33-inch snook, 30-inch redfish and 22-inch sea trout. In third place was Anthony Torres and his Crushin It team, with a 30-inch snook, 32-inch redfish and 22-inch sea trout.

The winning team took home a $4,000 first prize, while the runner-up team received $2,000 and the third-place team was awarded $1,000.

In addition to the fishing, there were children’s games including a popular water slide, children’s art, ice cream truck, pirate ship tours, a silent auction for gifts from local eateries and food for those attending at the Shrimp Dock Bar & Grill.

We’re thrilled with the success of the 2021 Reeling For Autism event,” said David Brown, President of Family Initiative. “It was a fantastic day for those who came out, and understanding the impact that funds raised will have on so many amazing kids and families served by our first-of-its-kind Autism Support Center is truly heart-warming.”

Doug and Dan Root finished second in the Reeling for Autism fishing tournament on Fort Myers Beach. / Photo provided