Friday, Nov. 15th was the 16th annual Hot Rods & Reels Charity Fishing Tournament to help find a cure or “put the brakes” on paralysis. This fishing tournament is a fantastic opportunity to experience not only Florida outdoors but also getting the chance to meet top-level NASCAR drivers. The 2019 NASCAR Charity Fishing Tournament was about to begin!
At Hot Rods & Reels, NASCAR drivers team up with NHRA Hall of Fame drag racer Darrell Gwynn to raise awareness of spinal cord injury research and people living with paralysis, and to donate a custom wheelchair. Each wheelchair is presented and donated to a recipient in dire need. After careful selection, our recipient was a great candidate for this year’s wheelchair.
Every November, for the past 16 years, NASCAR’s final race of the year was in sunny South Florida. Each race weekend opens with our NASCAR charity fishing tournament in Homestead-Miami, FL. There is no better way to start your weekend than in the great outdoors catching fish.
Hot Rods & Reels Fishing Tournament:
Friday morning brought about some beautiful weather in Homestead, FL. During the early morning hours, captains, guides, and fishermen were lining up for registration. As the sun came up, everyone was getting excited about what the morning had to offer. The peacock bass in Homestead-Miami Speedway’s lake was the main target for this incredible charity event.
As the captains drove their trucks and boats onto the track and into the infield, the energy was rising. You can almost feel that something magical was going to happen. Even though this is all for charity, competition always fuels the event. The question was what driver, owner, NASCAR affiliate, was going to get their name on the Hot Rods & Reels Charity Fishing trophy?
After a nice lake-side breakfast, courtesy of Homestead Hospital, the fishing event was about to begin. Before the fishing could begin though, the most important part of this whole day had to happen: the Wheelchair Presentation.
One of the main reasons why Darrell and his Chapter puts on this event is to present/donate a very expensive wheelchair to a recipient that has been recently paralyzed. This year’s Done was someone special and in great need of an upgraded chair. His name was Jean Saint-Ange!
Meet Jean Saint-Ange:
“On August 25, 2018, Jean Saint-Ange was in a devastating accident when he sustained a fall while trimming a tree in his family’s backyard. As a result, he suffered from several fractures and underwent several surgeries to his lower extremities and his spinal column. He was in critical condition at the trauma center, fighting for his life for four months. This accident ultimately changed his life forever, leaving him completely paralyzed from the chest down and confined to a wheelchair. He currently needs around the clock care and resides in a long-term care facility. Since his injury, he has been doing extensive therapy in hopes of regaining the use of both of his hands and to walk again.
Prior to his accident, Jean was a full-time head chef at a local Caribbean restaurant and fulfilled the role as the sole provider for his family. This hard worker is determined to regain his independence and be a prominent figure in his family once again. This wheelchair will not only help him physically but mentally as well. He is beyond thankful to the Darrell Gwynn Chapter of The Buoniconti Fund for making this gift possible.”
Tournament Details & Rules:
The Hot Rods & Reels Fishing Tournament is very unique in the manner that before the activity or event starts, you know why and what the event was for. Jean was very excited and beyond
thankful for this life-altering donation. Everything was changing rapidly for this young man. Jean even had the ability to get out on the water with Darrell Gwynn on Captain David Rhoden’s
pontoon fishing vessel, which made for a great addition to the tournament.
So as the NASCAR drivers, sponsors, guests, and captains boarded the fishing vessels, they were all fired up to get this event started. South Florida’s finest freshwater captain guides were there to donate their time to such an amazing cause. They had 1 hour and 30 minutes to catch the biggest 3 bass limit. Everyone cruised to their fishing spot and in just seconds, fish were making their way to the boats.
The Miami-Homestead Speedway has a 7-acre spring-fed lake that holds some great fishing for exotic bass fishing. During this event, you can get the chance to catch a Florida peacock bass along with largemouth bass, cichlids, catfish, and more. At each event we get to see catches of all sizes, especially this one in 2019.
Hot Rods & Reels Fishing Tournament Results
As the horn blasts, it is a sign that the tournament has concluded. Everyone makes their way back to the beach where the weigh-in stage is located. The crowds congregate and everyone is getting excited to see what fish were weighed in.
Each driver and fishing team slowly started weighing in fish from their time on the water. We started to see some bigger bags and bass coming in. Anglers and drivers were also bringing in big catfish that were caught.
Bass Online’s Captain Wayne Fellows took over holding the bag open. They pulled out a smaller peacock bass along with a giant catfish. Once confirming that the catfish was not allowed to be weighed, all of a sudden a second bag was brought to the stage.
The first fish pulled out of the bag was a gorgeous peacock bass weighing in at 3.5 pounds. It was the biggest bass of the tournament so far. As everyone was still excited for the last fish, the angler reached into the bag and pulled out a GIANT Crowd shocking peacock bass.
Everyone in the crowd uproared with amazement and excitement after landing their eyes on this fish. It weighed in at 7.7 pounds and it was the biggest peacock bass ever caught on this lake. Richard Childress along with Bass Pro Shop’s guest anglers took home the trophy with a combined score of 12.84 pounds for their 3 bass limit.
Huk Presents the Million Dollar Challenge:
As well, they cashed in on the big fish of the tournament. This meant that they solidified their chances at ONE MILLION DOLLARS. Huk, a presenting sponsor of this tournament does a challenge where you pick an envelope from a collection of them. Inside, you can win one million dollars in the Huk Million Dollar Challenge.
The angler that caught the big fish in this tournament gets awarded to select an envelope. Unfortunately, the envelope that was selected did not have the million-dollar ticket in it.
Overall, everyone on the water had a great time and caught a lot of fish. The size may not have been there but that is what fishing is all about. Now, all anglers and drivers will be fired up to come back to Homestead Speedway to chase down the giant of the deep.
Hot Rods & Reels Charity Fishing Tournament in 2020:
Everything is changing next year. NASCAR changed its schedule around and is now going to have this tournament in March. It will be right after the Daytona 500, the first race of the season. As a result, you will get more interaction with drivers and sponsors as all of them will be in Florida already.
We are looking forward to seeing what 2020 brings, especially for the upcoming NASCAR Charity Fishing Tournaments. If you are interested in participating in this event as a sponsor, feel free to reach out to the Quality of Life Chapter. They can provide you all the information that you will need to make this event happen for you. We would love to get you on the boat and we would love for you to be part of finding a cure for paralysis.
Palm Beach County has been underrated for its freshwater fishing. When you are traveling to this beautiful destination, travelers tend to think only about the saltwater fisheries. We are here to inform you that freshwater fishing is absolutely fantastic all year long. This time of year has really been amazing for catching peacock bass and other exotics on the Lake Ida Chain of Lakes. Come enjoy a Delray Freshwater fishing trip that can get you addicted to the great fishing here in South Florida.
The peacock bass is an elusive and exotic species many anglers and travelers love to target. Their explosive power and hard fights get you addicted to catching them. Once you net them, you are then blown away by the colors and beauty of this fish. You do not have to travel to the Amazon to experience your first peacock bass fishing charter.
One of the key factors to success while catching peacock bass is a local expert. Years of acquired knowledge and on the water experience has allowed them to get you on fish immediately. The fishing has been fantastic this month and is only going to get better as long as the cool fronts don’t get too strong.
Check out this Lake Ida Bass Fishing Update from our Local Experts:
Sandy and his best friend Ed were traveling to Delray Beach, FL to explore what the peacock bass fishing had to offer. Luckily, they hit it just right and the bass was biting strong. Captain Robert Miley had the pleasure of fishing with them. These guys are long-time repeat clients of Bass Online and fishing with Captain Bob.
The peacock bass fishing was outstanding on this fishing trip. Fishing conditions paired up and made the fishing trip even better with air temperatures in the 90s and water temperatures in the mid-80s. Live bait was the preferred choice of bait on this charter. It helped put over 30 peacock bass in the boat.
As the weather begins to cool, the peacock bass will begin to spawn. That is when you will catch the aggressive males and large females. Sandy and Ed had a blast catching 30 peacock bass with most of the fish over 3 pounds. They did land a giant peacock bass over 5 pounds as well. Also, the largemouth bass was biting with one in the 4-5 pound range.
Peacock bass fishing is heating up. Sandy and Ed will be back for more of this incredible action on the Lake Ida Chain. Captain Miley is looking forward to their next adventure in the near future!
Just shortly after this fishing trip, Harvey came down to Palm Beach County looking to catch his first-ever peacock bass. Harvey loves to fly fish and wanted to catch a peacock bass on the fly. Unfortunately, the peacock bass was chewing on live bait and that was yet again the preferred method to catch fish.
Harvey was traveling from Toronto Canada enjoying the beautiful South Florida weather and conditions. The sun was shining with a strong breeze to go with it. Harvey enjoyed every moment of this fishing trip catching over 15 bass on this fishing trip. A majority of the fish were peacock bass but he also caught some quality largemouth bass.
Harvey’s first-ever peacock bass was a trophy one. It was a male protecting a bed weighing in at over 5 pounds. You truly can’t beat the action here on the Lake Ida Chain of Lakes. Harvey was satisfied with this fishing trip and is now itching to catch one on the fly.
Harvey had a great time and is looking forward to his fly fishing adventure in Miami on his next visit! Captain Joe or Bob will be glad to assist him in this adventure!
Come Catch Yours TODAY!
Well, as you can see, peacock bass fishing in Palm Beach County is on fire. The action is getting good and the peacock bass are about to spawn one more time this year. When this occurs, you can expect to catch some beautiful fish with vibrant colors and a lot of aggression. Each trip will provoke a different experience that will make every trip worthwhile.
We hope that you get the chance to experience Lake Ida Fishing or peacock bass fishing in general here in South Florida. Our local experts work hard to provide you with a trip of a lifetime! See you on the water next time!!
Every day brings about a new adventure here in South Florida. Locals, travelers, visitors, and families are flocking to this beautiful destination to go on vacation. While they are here, getting in the outdoors is a must. One of the most magical places to explore is the Florida Everglades. Hop on board for a summer Everglades bass fishing adventure of a lifetime with our local experts!
One of the best ways to experience Florida is cruising down the canals of the Everglades. Let the wind hit your face, the birds fly overhead, and the alligators swim along the banks. Every trip is a true adventure and will bring you a unique perspective on your vacation. Bring your friends and family along while everyone on board catches peacock bass and largemouth bass.
Check out all that you can experience in this Everglades Bass Fishing Update:
Adam and Andrea traveled all the way from Toronto, Canada on vacation in South Florida. Captain Joe Gruny had the pleasure of taking them on an Everglades fishing adventure. The most productive spot lately has been at Mile Marker 41 on Alligator Alley. Whether you want to catch peacock bass or largemouth bass, this location has it all.
If you love constant action, the Everglades is perfect for you. Adam and Andrea caught lots of cookie-cutter fish in the 1-2 pound range. In between catches, they also caught several bass in the 3-pound range. Most of the bass came on Bass Assassin soft plastic fat job or the forked tail shad. Topwater baits including the Berkley Cane Walker also produced some excellent bites.
Adam and Andrea had a fantastic time catching bass all trip long. Captain Joe is looking forward to their next adventure on their next vacation here in Florida!
Just shortly after this fishing trip, Captain Rick Mitchell ventured out in the Everglades. He had the pleasure of fishing with Tom, his father, and Tom’s son. They were traveling from New York looking to enjoy some Florida sunshine. While doing so, they wanted to explore what Florida bass fishing was all about.
It surely was an awesome day of fishing at Mile Marker 41. The abundance of wildlife and nature made it a true fishing adventure. Tom and his family caught over 12 fish on their quick 4-hour fishing adventure. Half of those fish were peacock bass and half were largemouth bass. The biggest peacock bass weighed close to 3.5-pounds. The biggest largemouth was close to 4-pounds.
They may not have caught massive numbers but the quality was most certainly there. Most of the peacock bass came on live bait and the rest came on artificial baits. Tom and his family had a great time fishing and are looking forward to their next adventure soon!
If you are visiting Florida and are looking for the ultimate adventure, the Florida Everglades is your destination. There is so much to see and experience here in South Florida. The Everglades holds some of the best fishing in the state especially when you are looking for big numbers. We hope to see you on the water next time with our local experts on your next vacation to Florida!
South Florida is a beautiful destination. You have endless outdoor activities you can partake in from the sunny beaches to the urban canals. If you love the outdoors and are looking for a way to experience them, South Florida bass fishing is a great option. Markham Park is filled with excellent species to catch all year long. Hop on board for our total beginner fishing charters on your next visit to Florida.
If you are looking to learn more about bass fishing, our local experts are the way to go. We take our time to teach you new techniques and methods to catch fish. When you leave our fishing charters, you will feel like you have learned something that you can apply where you love to fish. Our experts have years of experience working with all ages and levels of ability. We are here to help and show you a great time!
Markham Park in South Florida is a great place to visit. One of the many reasons is that it has multiple different species you can catch. The top species to catch at this destination is the exotic peacock bass. You can also catch snakeheads, largemouth bass, and every cichlid in Florida. It is the perfect place to bring your child or beginner anglers.
Here is an update on how the fishing has been:
Captain Joe Gruny had the pleasure of fishing with Sheila. Sheila was traveling from Miami, FL looking to experience fishing in Fort Lauderdale. She was a total beginner looking to learn and catch her bucket list of species. The peacock bass has been a species she has always wanted to go after. Luckily, South Florida is thriving with this hard-fighting species.
Markham Park produced big time for Sheila. She was able to land a peacock bass on her first cast. After catching several more peacock bass, the action continued. Sheila had a blast catching snakeheads, Oscars, and cichlids as well. It is always nice to accomplish everything you were expecting and more when embarking on a fishing adventure.
Captain Joe is looking forward to fishing with Sheila again for larger peacock bass in Miami!
Just shortly after this fishing trip, Captain Joe was back out on the water. This time, he had the pleasure of fishing with Dean and Michelle. They were traveling from Orlando on vacation and wanted to get in some bass fishing. The exotic peacock bass was on their bucket list as well.
Dean and Michelle had an awesome time fishing at Markham Park. Captain Joe is looking forward to fishing with them again soon!
South Florida is a great summertime fishery. If you can get out early in the morning, you can have a great shot catching a lot of great fish. Bring your rain gear as you never know when the next shower will approach. Whether you want to catch bass or cichlids, South Florida is the place to visit. Our local experts can get you on the fish all trip long. We look forward to seeing you on the water next time!
Many travelers from across the nation have a very similar goal in mind. Explore the waters of South Florida and catch their bucket list species. The exotic peacock bass roams free and wild in the canals and lakes of Miami, Florida. Mission peacock bass fishing is a great way to experience all that this beautiful place has to offer. Bass fishing has been great this time of year and as the weather continues to warm, the fishing will only get better.
Peacock bass can be quite elusive. Determining the location and best place to catch them is truly up to a local expert. Our local experts have spent many days and hours on the water to help you get on the fish. It is important to us that when you book with our local experts that you get the best. If you are looking to catch a quality peacock bass, our local experts have you covered!
Check out this Florida Peacock Bass Fishing Update:
Captain Joe Gruny had the pleasure of fishing with Bill, Paul, and Damian on a peacock bass adventure in Miami’s Airport Lakes. They were traveling to this awesome place from New Jersey. While on vacation, bass fishing was one thing they really wanted to do. After two days of fishing on Lake Okeechobee with Captain Mark Shepard, they switched it up and came further south.
The pressure was on Captain Joe to deliver some excellent peacock bass fishing. It may not have been the strongest start for these men but the peacock bass did not disappoint. By the end of the day, Bill, Paul, and Damian all caught quality trophy peacock bass. We may have had to move to several different spots but they got what they came for.
Everyone was happy with the catches and they are looking forward to their next adventure with Captain Joe in the near future!
It surely was an awesome day with a lot of big fish. The weather was perfect for a day on the water. Sandy and his friend caught countless numbers of peacock bass with no fish under 2 pounds. The biggest bass weighed 4.5 pounds. One of the tricky parts about fishing for peacock bass is that you have to be patient for the bite. If you can, the reward is plentiful.
Captain Robert is looking forward to their next adventure in Miami in the near future!
The action is red-hot and will continue to get better as the summer rolls forward. If you are looking to have a great time catching exotics, Miami is the place to visit. Hop on board with one of our local experts and we will get you on the fish. We look forward to seeing you on the water next time!
Imagine you hopped aboard a fishing vessel, sat down, and off you go. The wind was blowing in your face, the sun beating down, and all your worries were left at the boat ramp. Imagine further to the first stop, your captain comes off plane, drops the trolling motor, hands you a rod, and you make your first cast. After several seconds you feel your line jump and you set the hook. One of the best places to do this is the Florida Everglades. Enjoy a Sherwin Williams Everglades Fishing charter on your next visit to South Florida.
One of the best ways to experience this style of fishing is with a local expert. Someone that is highly responsible, knows the waters, and techniques to put quality and quantity in the boat. Largemouth and peacock bass roam the Florida Everglades free for you to catch. A practice of catch-and-release allows for bass fishing to be spectacular here in South Florida. Our local experts can get you on the bass all trip long.
Here is your Everglades Bass Fishing Update:
Captain Joe Gruny had the pleasure of fishing with his Jamaican connection. This gentleman was an employee for Sherwin Williams and they were on a group fishing trip out in the Everglades. The best location to do so was at Everglades Holiday Park. If you are looking to bring a large group to the Everglades, Holiday Park can handle it. You also have a number of activities to partake in while there.
Bass fishing is always the highlight and must experience. These guys had a blast catching bass all day long. Captain Joe’s angler caught over 55 largemouth bass on his fishing trip. The biggest bass caught was right around 3 pounds. Non-stop artificial bait action makes for a great experience on the water.
Captain Joe is looking forward to their next adventure in the near future!
Just shortly after this fishing trip, Captain Nick Pasquarello had the pleasure of fishing with two longtime friends in the Everglades. This time, the action took them to Mile Marker 41 on Alligator Alley. If you are looking to catch peacock bass and largemouth bass in the glades, this is the best location. Captain Nick kept these guys busy all trip long.
What a day on the water with big numbers of fish caught. Peacock and largemouth bass are thriving in these waters. The peacock bass were biting strong with the biggest weighing in at 3 pounds. The colors will blow you away. If you want a lot of fishing action, explore what the Everglades has to offer.
Captain Nick is looking forward to getting these gentlemen out on another incredible fishing adventure!
It was not long after this fishing charter that Captain Nick was back on the water. This time, he had the pleasure of fishing with Robert and his son. They were local to Florida looking to sneak away and get in some Florida Bass Fishing, The Everglades on Alligator Alley was a great place to experience.
Windy conditions can make it difficult to fish but with a local expert, they can still get you on the bass. This trip was a birthday trip for Robert. His goal and bucket list species to catch was a peacock bass. Luckily, the Everglades has flourished with them. Robert caught several peacock bass and was ecstatic with every catch. It was a great birthday gift for him.
Captain Nick is looking forward to the chance at getting this father-son duo on more fish in the near future!
Everglades bass fishing is one of the best ways to explore South Florida. These beautiful canals provide a place to get away and catch some awesome fish. Bring your whole family along on a fishing adventure of a lifetime. The bass are biting and will continue to bite all summer long. Take a break from the sunny beaches and soak in some sun in the Florida Everglades! We hope to see you on the water next time.