REDFISH SPOTS LEAD TO POTS

Shawn Dahnke (right) accepted his first place prize from SWC’s Vince Stegura, after realing in 80 spots on two fish.

Shawn Dahnke (right) accepted his first place prize from SWC’s Vince Stegura, after realing in 80 spots on two fish.

Red Drum Classic raises $600 for CBA

BY Erika Zambello

Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance

Skinny Water Culture hosted the first annual SWC Red Drum Classic in Destin late last fall, donating $600 to the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance’s water quality programs.

Operating the tournament from Local Market, the target species was red drum. As they explain in their blog about the event, “The format for the tournament is really fun and easy.” The more spots on the redfish, the more points an angler racks up. All fish caught with a fly earned double points.

Over 40 entrants participated in the tournament, which took place on a chilly November day. Destin guide Captain Shawn Dahnke came in first place ($500), with 80 spots on two fish. 

Charlie Breitenbach and Tim Creasy tied for second with 16 spots each, agreeing to split the checks ($250, $100) for the two spots rather than try to figure out who was back at check-in first.

Hunter Campbell won the Skunk Pot award, taking home Campbell’s Tough Traps, while Royce Dahnke won the casting challenge and the $250 gift card.

The team looks forward to bringing the tournament back to Destin in 2019.

“Anglers are critical stakeholders in our Choctawhatchee Bay watershed. They’re on the water every day, and many help us monitor changing conditions as well as build living shorelines,” said Alison McDowell, CBA director. “Tournaments like this are a great way to have fun and give back, and we so appreciate Skinny Water Culture choosing CBA as their nonprofit beneficiary!”

Skinny Water Culture is a Florida-based outdoor apparel brand with a full line of clothing. The CBA is a non-profit organization striving to enhance swimmable, fishable waterways through monitoring, education, restoration, and research.