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Thank You and Merry Christmas

Thank You and Merry Christmas

As we celebrate the holidays (MERRY CHRISTMAS, ALL) and wind our way towards the close of the year it is worthwhile to reflect on our activities & accomplishments, to date, and offer thanks for the support Old Salt receives from so many sources.

Activities & Accomplishments

Youth and Family Fishing

Kids and families. That’s a good place to start. Both the notion, and focus of considerable effort, to getting kids fishing is baked into the heart, the mission, and activities that support, the foundation. Old Salt tournaments, meetings, events and programs all have solid youth/family components.

Looking solely at stats, Old Salt hosted 11 dedicated youth/family tournaments and events in 2019, put on 2 summer fishing camps and, in combination with our broader tournament and event activities, put rods, reels, tackle & tackle boxes in the hands of over 1000 kids and wrote checks totalling $40,000 to youth and family oriented charities. We get kids and families fishing putting the combined creativity, money and sweat equity of our members, volunteers and partners where our hearts have led us.

One Old Salt youth event in particular , the 2019 Old Salt Kids Fishing Slam, was honored with inclusion in Fishing Booker’s Best Kids Fishing Tournaments In The U.S. this past October. We had better than 700 kids and their families at the event this year. It is nice to be recognized for our efforts and nicer still to see youth fishing events elevated like this.

Several of Old Salt sponsors deserve a special shout out for their efforts in support of our work with youth and family fishing. 13 Fishing, Mirrolure, Fish Florida, Suzuki Repower, Fishermans Ideal Supply House and Aylesworth Fish & Bait. These partners all step in, and up, to make certain Old Salt gets all the kids taken care of properly.


You’ve probably heard the phrase “it takes a village….”. For Old Salt Fishing Foundation that saying is more like “… it takes a fishing village…”. Old Salt is an all volunteer organization. Without our hundreds of volunteers, their thousands of donated hours and their endless spirit for giving back, none of our accomplishments would be possible. Some come for the tournaments, some for the kids and some to support a good cause & revel in the camaraderie. All come for Old Salt and we value them greatly.

**Thank you volunteers & board members and Merry Christmas


We mentioned a few of our sponsors with respect to youth and family programs. Add to those wonderful partners the likes of Maui Jims, Simrad Visit St. Pete Clearwater, Single Source Insurance, Pro Marine & SEB Productions. These year-round sponsors do much to help underwrite Old Salt and make programs and tournaments as successful as they are.

**Thank you sponsors & partners and Merry Christmas

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Tournaments, Tournament Anglers & Fishing Teams

So, Old Salt is well known for its 2 annual King of the Beach – King Mackerel fishing tournaments. Attracting 1300 competitive fishing teams annually between the Spring and Fall kingfish tournaments, paying out almost $500,000 in prize money and putting on a whale of a beach party you can see why.

What is not so obvious is the impact these two successful tournaments have on the bottom line for the Foundation and it’s ability to execute on its mission. Monies from these two events provide a significant portion of our program funding for the year. So, we encourage anglers to #fishbigmoney – Fish The KING.

**Thank you anglers and fishing teams and Merry Christmas

Along with the two big kingfish tournaments, Old Salt hosts, helps with or sanctions another 9 fishing tournaments annually. Some are serious money, like the Loop Billfish Tournament, and some are more community fishing opportunities like our 3 Seawall Fishing Tournaments. Whichever, they are all great opportunities to get out and fish, maybe grab a buck or two in the process and have a load of fishing fun!

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Old Salt In 2020

We are already getting set up for our first tournament of the year, the Johnny Kellar Inshore Fishing Tournament, Held in late January this tournament is a local favorite. Named (and created, as well) in honor of a young man who passed in 2003, this first of the year event is a great opportunity to shake off the holiday leftovers, get out on the water and catch some fish.

What will the remainder of the coming year bring? Certainly more of what Old Salt already does very well. We are in the process of getting the year set up so, be sure to check the Old Salt Calendar as the new year rolls out for a look at what is ahead. One thing for certain, we will be expanding the offerings for sale in the Old Salt Store. The store has become a legitimate way to extend the Foundations brand and create a new and growing revenue source all at the same time. Be sure to visit the Old Salt Store.

January is also the time for members (…I know, who knew we had members??) to renew and a great time for everyone else to sign up anew. Renew or explore Old salt membership opportunities today.

And, who knows, maybe there will be a surprise or two in 2020? Stay tuned. Engage with us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. For now….

Thank you and Merry Christmas

Know Your Fisheries

Know Your Fisheries

Florida is blessed with vibrant, healthy saltwater fisheries offering an abundance of fishing opportunities for recreational anglers. To fully enjoy the use of our fisheries anglers need to be conversant with the terms and conditions for use. Gone (long gone) are the days of just grabbing a pole, a few greenbacks, some ice and off… Continue Reading

West Central Florida Fishing Forecast

West Central Florida Fishing Forecast

This article is printed with permission from, and originally published by Outdoor Sportsman Group, at floridasportsman.com. Read the original article here.  From Captain Ray Markham Weather plays an important part in fishing for a couple of reasons. First, and foremost, getting on the water in rough or extreme weather can be dangerous, but in terms… Continue Reading

Tripletail Fishing Addiction

Tripletail Fishing Addiction

I will start this article with a warning: TRIPLETAIL FISHING IS ADDICTIVE: PROCEED WITH CAUTION.  They are not necessarily an inshore target, not necessarily and offshore target and not typically an accidental bycatch no mater where you fish. But what they are is the absolute best fish to sightcast, suprisingly hard fighters, cooperative eaters, and… Continue Reading

Trolling For King Mackerel

Trolling For King Mackerel

Captain Travis Yaeckel – Instinct Fishing Co Brought To You By Suzuki RePower December fishing can be fantastic, if you target the right species. Tampa Bay is an amazing estuary that plays an important role in the life cycle of West Coast Florida’s premier inshore and nearshore game fish. From the gulf beaches to the intricate… Continue Reading

Fisherman Helping Fisherman … Florida Strong

Fisherman Helping Fisherman … Florida Strong

Hurricane Irma visited the Florida Keys last week leaving behind a devastated charter fishing industry. These are our fellow fishermen. They are devastated both personally & professionally and need our assistance to recover and rebuild. Old Salt Fishing Foundation is establishing the Fishermen Helping Fishermen Fund to raise money, & provide direct financial support to,… Continue Reading

Red On The Horizon

Red On The Horizon

As we near the end of Summer, the kids return to school and so will the Redfish in Tampa Bay. September generally marks the beginning of large congregations (schools) of Redfish to invade popular flats and back bays throughout our estuary. Every year seems to be a little different with the amount of pressure and… Continue Reading

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