2019 NASCAR Charity Fishing Tournament

2019 NASCAR Charity Fishing Tournament

NASCAR Charity Fishing Tournament

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.

NASCAR Charity Fishing Event 1The Darrell Gwynn Quality of Life Chapter of The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis also teams up with Bass Online Fishing Charters, Guides, and Tours to create and put on one incredible charity event. Without these captains, the event would not be possible.

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:

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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.

Retired Driver and Team Owner, Richard Childress was coming up to the stage next. He was the last driver and team to weigh-in and there was a smile on his face that was very suspicious. No one could expect what unfolded next.

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.

NASCAR Charity Fishing Event 5The 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. NASCAR Charity Fishing Event 3

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.

We would also like to thank all the help and sponsors that were part of this event and made it possible: YETI, Miami-Homestead Speedway, Seminole Hard Rock Casino, Homestead Hospital, Joe Coulter, Robert Clarke, and so many more!

As well, we wanted to thank all the guides, captains, and anglers that donated their time and equipment: Captain Robert Miley, Captain Joe Gruny, Captain Mike Groshon, Captain Jeff Brooks, Captain Mark Rogers, Captain Nick Pasquarello , Captain Dave Rhoden, Captain Jose Carbonell, Capt Bill Boliek, Captain Dave Sampson, Alex Altier, Paul Kelly, & Tony Crowder

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Monster Florida Snakehead Fishing Charter in South Florida

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Florida Snakehead Fishing Charter

South Florida is truly a unique destination to travel too. The endless hours of fun and relaxation you can experience is what draws individuals to this beautiful location. Get out in the sun and relax while reeling in the exotic species that call South Florida home. If you love to fish, especially in freshwater, you have found the right destination for you. Hop on board for a
Florida snakehead fishing charter that you surely will never forget.

Having success on the water takes years of commitment and time. These species you are after are quite intuitive and smart. They may be fish but can be highly elusive at times. This is one of the many reasons a local expert is so essential. Why wouldn’t you want to climb on board with someone that knows exactly where and what to throw at the targeted species?

Captain Mike Groshon is an exceptional South Florida expert. He works hard to determine the best-suited tactic for your experience and fishing needs. If you are looking for a Captain that keeps it light on the boat and makes sure you have an amazing experience, Captain Mike is the man!

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Florida Snakehead Fishing Charter 2Captain Mike had the pleasure of fishing with Jimmy this August. Jimmy was traveling to South Florida on vacation and wanted to cash in on some exotic fishing. One species he really wanted to catch was the exotic snakehead along with peacock bass. Captain Mike took him to a spot right on the edge of the Everglades in Broward County.

Markham Park is a productive fishery for all your fishing needs. Whether you want to catch snakeheads, peacock bass, largemouth bass, cichlids, oscars, and so much more, this is your place. Florida fishing is all about staying active while also landing a big bass in between.

While swimming a bait through the bank structure, Jimmy hooks into a nice fish. He did not know exactly what it was but was loving the fight the whole time. It wasn’t until the fish landed in the net that everyone on the boat got excited. Jimmy caught himself a GIANT Florida snakehead.

Jimmy also had a blast catching peacock bass, which was on his bucket list. He had a great time fishing right here in South Florida. Captain Mike is looking forward to spending another day on the water with Jimmy again in the near future!

It was not long after this fishing trip that Captain Mike was back out on the water. This time, he had the pleasure of fishing with Joel and his son Beckman. They were visiting South Florida on a family vacation looking to have some fun in the sun. While doing so, a Lake Ida Chain of Lakes adventure was a great way to get in the Florida outdoors.

They met Captain Mike at Lake Ida Park where their adventure began. Off they went to see what this beautiful fishery had in-store for them. The fishing was slower than normal on this fishing trip. Water management have been dropping the water levels in anticipation of heavy rains. When they do this, it tends to throw the bite off but luckily, Captain Mike is a local expert and found the fish.

The peacock bass were holding in key pockets. Once we found them, Joel and Beckman had a blast catching fish. One of the best experiences being a guide or providing a service with youth involved is to watch their excitement. It is something that is incredibly hard to express with words. Watching their faces light up is priceless.

All-in-all, the Florida Peacock Bass Fishing on Lake Ida was a success. Joel and Beckman had a fantastic time on the water. Captain Mike is looking forward to seeing them on the water again soon!  Florida Snakehead Fishing Charter 1

Summer is a great time to come fishing. If you can dodge the weather and storms, we can get you on some quality fish. We can accommodate you with any style of fishing here in Florida. Don’t be shy to ask about it all. South Florida is filled with exotics that are waiting to be caught. We hope you don’t miss out on your adventure next time you are traveling to beautiful and sunny Florida. We will see you on the water next time!

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Florida Fishing Five Species on the Lake Ida Chain of Lakes

Florida Fishing Five Species on the Lake Ida Chain of Lakes

Florida Fishing Five Species

There are not many places where you can experience Florida Fishing Five Species. Fishing is one of the best outdoor activities you can explore whether alone or with family or friends.

I had the pleasure of fishing with Michael traveling from Pennsylvania. He wanted to come to explore Lake Ida and get hooked up with some quality peacock bass.

A massive cold front moved into South Florida this fall which really could have hurt the fishing. This trip, it made it even more excited. Additional storms and 17 mph wind cut this action pack trip short but we made the best out of it.

It is not every day that you can experience a fishing trip like this one. Michael caught 5 different species of fish. He caught over 25 fish that included peacock bass, largemouth bass, Mayan cichlid, speckled catfish, and the clown knife fish.

Michael and I had a really great time out on the water. I am looking forward to fishing with him again in December. It will be another adventure where we create more memories one fish at a time.

Come Catch Yours with Captain Mike Groshon on Lake Ida.

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Captain Mike Groshon was raised in Northern Virginia, he grew up fishing lakes and rivers in Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia then like most headed south for warmer weather and bigger fish!
Among playing music and racing cars, Mike always had a love for fishing. Mike is married with two children and a real all-around nice guy. He and his family moved to Florida to follow Mike’s dream of becoming a fishing guide on Lake Okeechobee.
Mike is sponsored by Columbia, Bass Assassin Lures, Abu Garcia, Fitzgerald Rods. To go fishing with Capt Mike click here!

Great Peacock Bass Fishing Trip

Great Peacock Bass Fishing Trip

Great Peacock Bass Fishing Trip

Florida peacock bass fishing is one of the most exciting freshwater fishing experiences. There is nothing like a Great Peacock Bass Fishing Trip to start or end your day.

Today, I had the pleasure of fishing with repeat clients of mine. Justin and his two sons Calum and Zoltan were traveling from the big state of Texas.

Our bite started out slow since there was rain moving in on us off the coast. Lake Ida is not far inland from the east coast of South Florida in Palm Beach County. Finding the peacock bass was a fun adventure.

Sometimes you have to make a couple of adjustments to locate the fish. We did and we started to put the bass in the boat. These gentlemen caught over 15 peacock bass with the biggest weight in the 3-pound range.

Overall it was a great trip out on the water and I know they will be back soon for more of this awesome action. It will be another amazing trip while we create memories, one fish at a time!

Come Catch Yours with Captain Mike Groshon on Lake Ida .

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Captain Mike Groshon was raised in Northern Virginia, he grew up fishing lakes and rivers in Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia then like most headed south for warmer weather and bigger fish!
Among playing music and racing cars, Mike always had a love for fishing. Mike is married with two children and a real all-around nice guy. He and his family moved to Florida to follow Mike’s dream of becoming a fishing guide on Lake Okeechobee.
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Florida Bass Fishing NASCAR Style!

Florida Bass Fishing NASCAR Style!

MIAMI/HOMESTEAD SPEEDWAY, Fla. — It’s a unique opportunity for fans of fishing and fast cars.Tony StewartWhere else can you fish in Florida with your favorite NASCAR driver under the guidance by the fishing pros at BassOnline.com and take a chance to win a million dollars, and then watch cars fly by at speeds of almost 200 mph, all for a worthy cause?

BassOnline guides & Participants prepare for there 6th annual 2007 Hot Rods & Reels tournament.

It happened in the infield of Homestead-Miami Speedway, where about 20 drivers fished with fans who entered by making donations to The Darrell Gwynn Foundation to Cure Paralysis.

The event is bordered by the million-dollar motor coaches that NASCAR drivers and team owners live in on race weekends, anglers fished on the speedway’s 18-acre lake, one of three on the property.

Among the excitement of the final race for the NASCAR Nextel Cup championship, drivers Tony Stewart, Kyle Petty, Ryan Newman, Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex, Kyle Busch, and others took time out to relax and enjoy the sunny but crisp November morning and fish for trophy bass and Peacock bass which were both stocked in the infield lake.

The rules were simple: The boat with the heaviest combined largemouth bass or peacock bass weight was the winner. But the top prize, the chance to select from one of 250 envelopes, one containing the $1 million dollar grand prize from sponsor Miccosukee Resort and Gaming, went to the individual who reeled in the heaviest fish in the tournament.

The event raised more than $105,000 for the Gwynn Foundation and concluded with the awarding of a new power wheelchair from the foundation to Jonathon Gorenflo.

“This was a great day that combined fun, excitement, and two of America’s favorite pastimes — Florida bass fishing and racing — all while bringing awareness to a worthy cause,” Gwynn said. “The Miccosukee Resort & Gaming Hot Rods & Reels Charity Fishing Tournament continues to grow in both popularity and funds raised.

img_0370.JPGNASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield surveys the competition.

“We are grateful to the NASCAR drivers and celebrities who donated their time to fish with both corporate and individual fans, plus the sponsors who make this unique event possible. It also gives me pleasure to share with all of our participants the smile on young Jonathon Gorenflo’s face when he received his new power wheelchair because that is the reason why we are out here today.”Each driver/celebrity was paired with two guest anglers in their own bass boat featuring a Bass Online.com recognized guide. After an hour and a half of fishing, only the top three catches of each team were weighed.

NASCAR championship team owner Richard Childress led the boat that took the combined weight trophy, at a total weight of 6.40 pounds. The top individual prize went to 14-year-old Alex Lambert, who brought in a catch weighing over two and a half pounds.

The fishing experience with his favorite driver, Kyle Busch, was a birthday gift to Lambert from his family.

NASCAR driver Greg Biffle tries to hide his excitement at sighting a huge bass.

“My dad and my godfather saw an ad in the paper, and they said, ‘Oh, this is going to be great for Alex to go with his favorite driver,’” Lambert said. “I came in and just talked with Kyle for a while and had fun.”I fish a lot,” Lambert added. “My grandfather is a big saltwater fisherman. He loves it. He was the first person to take me fishing. We went to St. Thomas when I was about a year old and started marlin fishing, so it was fun.”

The eighth-grader landed three fish to Busch’s one and said the NASCAR star was impressed by the catch.

“I’ve been a NASCAR fan for about five years and was a Kurt Busch fan before Kyle, but when Kyle came along, I love Kellogg’s, so that just poked me,” Lambert said. “I’ve been a devoted Kyle Busch fan ever since.”

“There were big fish, but they just weren’t really snapping. I think it was just the time of the day. If it was a little earlier, it would have been excellent. The coloring in the fish was great because it’s a crystal clear clean lake.

“We used live shiners, and after about an hour, they started wearing down and nobody was catching anything. So we switched to lures, and Kyle caught one on a lure. I didn’t have the best of luck. Live bait was just a lot easier because I think they used dynamite to dredge the lake out, so the fish just hang out at the edges. But Florida bass fishing is some of the best in the world and these guides know their stuff.

“I’ve done marlin and sailfish tournaments, but never bass,” Lambert said. “I’ll definitely be back next year, though.”

Another great event put on by www.BassOnline.com

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