Redbone Fishing Tournaments

06 May

Redbone to Hold its 22nd Annual “Fruits of our Labors”

BBQ Cookout Celebrating its $1,000,000 Year for CF Funding

  Small Keys tournament has made huge impact in helping “to catch the cure” for CF  

ISLAMORADA, In-The-Florida Keys The Redbone’s 22nd annual “Fruits of our Labors” cookout, celebrating its hard work and money raised through its 2010 series of tournaments for cystic fibrosis research, takes place Saturday, May 14th, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Lorelei.
Over $1,000,000 was raised from last fall’s 2010 Redbone trilogy of Keys tournaments — plus 25 other Redbone fishing events across the U.S. the Bahamas and Mexico – and those efforts will be celebrated as part of the cookout on Lorelei Beach, mile marker 82 bayside.
The BBQ cookout will be offered to the first 100 people at $15 per person or is free when making a $100 donation for a super raffle ticket which benefits CF Research. The super raffle drawing to be held at sunset is for a Dragonfly Boatworks 16-ft. Emerger skiff complete with a 40 hp Evinrude outboard, Power-Pole and a Float-On Trailer. Ticket holders need not be present to win. There will also be a silent auction and live entertainment by Big Richard and the Family Fun Band. Tickets are available at The Redbone Gallery on Morada Way at MM 81.5 or at the Lorelei Cabana Bar. For more info call 305-664-2002, or go online at 

So far $10 million for CF research “to catch the cure.”

Since the inception of the Redbone in 1988 the Fla. Keys charity has raised $10 million. “In the last five years we’ve held a steady pace of raising over $1 million annually,” said Redbone founder Capt. Gary Ellis who now oversees the 28 events.
The Redbone (REDfish and BONEfish) began as a small local Keys tournament to help CF patients like Gary and Susan Ellis’ young daughter Nicole. The late Major League Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Ted Williams, then an Islamorada resident, helped the Ellis’ attract many of his celebrity friends and through the efforts of guides, anglers and volunteers they raised $16,000 at that first event. Within four years it had grown to three fall season tournaments in the lower, middle and upper Keys.  
Over the past two decades the Redbone tournaments have grown to four distinct series. The first is the original Redbone points trilogy in the Keys’ 125 mile chain of islands where the first Redbone celebrity tournament began. Five southeastern states are home to the Redbone Red*Trout series for redfish and sea trout.  Three more Redbone@Large events are held in the Bahamas Celebrity Bonefish series and 17 more for a wide number of fish species which crisscross the U.S., Bahamas and Mexico in the Redbone@Large Celebrity Tournament series.
Anglers fishing as a team or with a celebrity are professionally guided for a select group of game fish in the local waters which they catch, photograph and release. The events, usually held on a weekend, also feature live and silent auctions.
This year at many of the 28 sites around North America, volunteers from CF chapters will help host the Redbone formatted tournaments under the guidance of the Ellis’. The list of more CF chapters wanting tournaments continues to grow. Redbone officials are hoping that all the fishing events combined will continue to raise over $1 million for CF research.
“Cystic fibrosis is an awful genetic disease,” said Susan Ellis. “It causes the body to produce abnormally thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and can lead to life-threatening lung infections. When we started the Redbone the life expectancy of CF patients was the early teens.  But researchers have performed remarkable strides in gene research.  CF patients are now living into their mid 30’s. Though remarkable progress has been made, there is still no cure, and the work is not complete until the cure is found.”
For more information contact: Pete Johnson  – PR counsel for The Redbone
Johnson Communications, Inc., Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Ph: 480-951-3654   e-mail:
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