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Fudpucker’s Summer Slam Tournament to benefit local charities

Special to The Log

Fudpucker’s is gearing up for its second annual Fudpucker’s Summer Slam Tournament.

Kickoff for the tournament begins with the captain’s meeting at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11 at Fudpucker’s on the Bay with fishing days set for Saturday and Sunday.

Entry is free and is open to all anglers, whether fishing from land, pier, or boat, with a $5,000 guaranteed payout for the largest king mackerel. In addition to the $5,000 grand prize, there will also be payouts for the largest mahi mahi and tuna. A silent auction and raffle will be held to benefit the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance and the Matthew Baxter Recovery Fund. Additional funds for these charities will be raised through optional cash awards, known as calcuttas.

“This is the only free tournament offering a $5000 prize and community interest has been amazing. We expect to have a fantastic turnout for this event.” said tournament organizer Chester Kroeger of Fudpucker’s.

“Last year we raised over $3,000 to benefit the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance. It is especially rewarding to be able to assist an organization that works diligently to improve our bay and we look forward to increasing our donation this year. We are also very pleased to partner with our sponsors – Half Hitch Tackle and Fudpucker’s Watersports in an effort to raise money for one of our local fishermen who is recovering from a traumatic injury. Matthew is a captain for Destin Inshore Charters which operates out of the marina behind Fudpucker’s on the Bay – this hits pretty close to home”.

Fishing can start anytime after the captain’s meeting with weigh-ins at Fudpucker’s on the Bay Saturday and Sunday between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Fish can be brought to the scales by boat or by car.

Following the weigh-ins on Sunday, a fish fry and awards banquet featuring a silent auction and raffle will be held at Fudpucker’s on the Bay.

“This is a fantastic family event and a great way to give back to the local fishing community,” Kroeger said. “We look forward to seeing everyone there.”

The Okaloosa Island Fudpucker’s location is located on Choctawhatchee Bay across from the Ramada Plaza and offers an array of water activities from jet skis and pontoon boat rentals to catamaran and fishing charters and the area’s only airboat rides.