Annual Inshore Fishing Tournament a success for children and families

People on a fishing boat.

On October 13, Champions for Children’s 5th Annual Inshore Fishing Tournament raised $52,000 in support of child abuse prevention! The funding will support initiatives that build strong families and thriving children.  

Fifty-five participants joined 17 teams for a catch-and-release tournament. Anglers competed in the slam for trout, redfish, and snook.  

Congratulations to our winners!  


1st Place Slam – Fatima & Brett Zinober
2nd Place Slam – Raymond James Financial, Inc. 
3rd Place Slam – Brown & Brown, Inc. (Team 2) 
4th Place Slam – Brown & Brown, Inc. (Team 1) 
5th Place Slam – Melting Pot Social  
6th Place Slam – PWC 
Biggest Snook – Chris Rapp (APEX IT) 
Biggest Redfish – Matt Carlson 
Biggest Trout – Devon Heinrich (Brown & Brown, Inc.) 

Thank you sponsors and committee members!

Champions extends a huge thank you to all of the sponsors and committee members who made this event memorable and a huge success for the families and children Champions serves!  

Thank you to committee members: Laura-Elizabeth Ware, Parker Rabow, Melissa Carlson, Paige Murtagh, Rick Orosco, Fatima Zinober, and Kiela Bentley.  


Trout Sponsors

Brown & Brown, Inc. 
Raymond James Financial, Inc. 
Laura-Elizabeth Ware & J. Mathew Wash 

Tournament Sponsors

Fatima & Brett Zinober 
Marian Winters 
Melting Pot Social 
Prida, Guida & Perez, P.A. 

Boat Sponsors

Cirkul, Inc. 
eVerge Group 
Florida Fantasy Fishing Camp 
Amy and John Haile 
TECO Energy  
Visual Edge IT 

InKind Sponsors

Adventure Outfitters 
Florida Fantasy Fishing Camp 
Freedom Boat Club 
Paige & Ryan Murtagh 
Tampa Bay Rays 
Laura-Elizabeth Ware & J. Mathew Wash