The Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper

Vol. 8 No. 45 - July 30, 2008


Galati captures first in Center’s fishing tourney

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

Chris Galati and his son, Joey, hold their first-place trophy.

Team Galati was the runaway winner this year in the offshore division of the Community Center Fishing Tournament, held over the weekend in the waters around Anna Maria Island.

Captain Chris Galati and his seven member crew won the $3,000 first place prize after amassing 429.6 points, more than 100 points higher than second-place finisher X-Treme Fishing and Captain Tommy Butler at 315.3 points. Placing third was We Need Many with Captain Nate Forrest at 284.2 points.

Taking first place and collecting the winner’s $3,000 check in the inshore was Team Bobo, with Captain Allen Bobo at the helm. The skinny water team racked up 538 points before it was all over. Second place went to Anna Maria Charters and Captain Erik Nicholson with 495.47 points, while third place went to Bada Bing and captain David Darnell with 479.36 points.

A total of 29 boats participated in this year’s event, with 21 of those staying inshore and eight going out into deep water.

The three-day event, absent since 2006, kicked off with a captain’s meeting Friday night at St. Bernard Catholic Church, which was well catered with a host of restaurants and eateries offering a taste of the Island. Sandy Mattick, from Pine Avenue General Store, organized the whole event as Melinda from Melinda's Cafe worked tirelessly in the background.

Saturday saw the grownups out fishing all day long, but the youngsters also had a chance to get into the act in the Kids Fishing Tournament at the Anna Maria City Pier. The small-frye tourney, sponsored by Island Lumber and Oswald Trippe, was a resounding success. From 8:30 until noon, 34 hopeful young anglers dipped their hooks into the warm bay waters, aiming to be a winner in one of four categories: most fish caught, largest, smallest and ugliest. The Privateers were on hand to offer assistance, and the children were offered free soda, hot dogs and hamburgers.

Winners in the children’s division were: Hyland McCarrol, most fish caught; Colin Holzberger, smallest fish; Matthew Brochette, biggest fish; and Brandon Strickland, ugliest fish.

On Sunday afternoon it was time to kick back and relax at the awards banquet, after a hectic weigh in Saturday night. The banquet at the Center was catered by the Sandbar, with a full bar and music from the Shaman Band. Guest speaker was Glen Pla, of TV’s “Average Angler” fishing show on Catch 47, who also helped hand out the awards.

It was good to see the tournament back again, especially with the enthusiastic chair Bob Vita running the show and solid sponsorships from BrightHouse Networks, The Island Sun, The Chiles Group and a host of others.

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