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2018 – A Year To Be Thankful For

2018 – A Year To Be Thankful For

Old Salt had a very busy 2018,  with a full calendar of tournaments, angler seminars and meetings, family seawall fishing events and youth programs.  Old Salt held the Silver Anniversary (25 years) Spring and Fall King of the Beach fishing tournaments hosting over 1100 teams across the two events. Teams came from across the country and, indeed, across the world to fish the preeminent King Mackerel fishing tournament in the United States of America. The success of these two tournaments helped grow funding allowing Old Salt and our hundreds of volunteers to be an even greater advocate and partner to the fishing community.

This past year, with your vigorous assistance, Old Salt good works extended to include:

  • Generous financial support to local charities: PARC ($10K Donation), National Pediatric Cancer Foundation ($10K Donation), Celma Mastry Ovarian Cancer Foundation ($5K Donation) and the City of Madeira Beach
  • Partnered with 13 Fishing and Fish Florida to distribute over 1000 fishing rods to children at our King of the Beach Fishing Tournaments, the Big Brothers- Big Sisters Fishing Day and National Pediatric Cancer Foundation Kids Fishing Rodeo
  • Educational seminars and trips with our local youth to the Clearwater Aquarium
  • Awarded college scholarships to four local high school students
  • Rod /Reel combos provided to every youth that weighed a fish at both King of the Beach tournaments
  • Partnered with IGFA to put on the Kids Fishing Slam at the 2018 Fall King of the Beach kingfish Tournament
  • Fishing adventures for children in the Madeira Beach Recreation Center Summer Camp Program
  • Hosted 45 special needs children and their families at our annual Special Needs Fishing Day with partner LIFT and Special Olympics – every child, including siblings, left with a rod/reel combo.
  • Financial support for the Adopt A Mile Program here in Madeira Beach
  • $20,000 in funding to the foundation for 2019 youth and family programs

Old Salt is entirely volunteer powered and, generously, sponsor supported. We owe our existence and success to those who share an abiding interest in continuing a strong fishing tradition including all of our tournament anglers and the hard working Old Salt Board of directors.

Thank you all.

Special Needs Kids Fishing with Old Salts

Special Needs Kids Fishing with Old Salts

This past weekend (Saturday, October 20th, 2018) Old Salt Fishing Foundation hosted its annual Very Special Kids Fishing Day, taking special needs kids fishing out of Ft. Desoto Park on lower Tampa Bay.  The day was blessed with amazing weather, the red tide was not present in the bay and the bite was on.   45 special… Continue Reading

Summer Camp Fishing in Madeira Beach

Summer Camp Fishing in Madeira Beach

Old Salt had the pleasure of providing a group of local youngsters with some summer camp fishing in Madeira Beach this July. In concert with Madeira Beach Recreation, Madeira Beach Marina, 13 Fishing, Fish Florida , Squid Ink Productions , Ricks Rods and 18 Old Salt volunteers we able to get 100 kids (ages 6-14) fishing. These… Continue Reading

A Fish Filled 2018

A Fish Filled 2018

Happy New Year!   We are looking forward to a fish filled 2018. We have a some new faces on our monthly seminar circuit, starting with Capt. Dave Markett speaking on Inshore Fishing Techniques to start this chilly month off with. We have 8 fishing seminars throughout the year covering the many aspects of fishing the… Continue Reading

Special Needs Kids get a Special Fishing Day

Special Needs Kids get a Special Fishing Day

Annually, for the past 32 years, Old Salt Fishing Foundation has sponsored a fun filled day of fishing specifically for special needs children.  The Old Salt Very Special Kids Fishing Tournament, held at Fort Desoto Park Boat Ramp this year, was no different.  On Saturday, October 21, 2017, better than fifty special needs children and… Continue Reading

OLD SALT FOUNDATION: MAKING A DIFFERENCE

OLD SALT FOUNDATION: MAKING A DIFFERENCE While not everyone “gets it” eventually many come to understand that the essence of life is not about our collections of stuff, or even our collections of experiences. We eventually discover that fulfillment, joy and satisfaction are products of the sense of having “made a difference” in life, in… Continue Reading

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