2016 Inshore Xtreme Challenge Tournament

by • April 22, 2016 • Fishing Reports, Tournament ReportsComments (1)2775

The 2016 Inshore Xtreme Challenge charity kayak fishing tournament took place on April 1st and 2nd this year, and it proved to be the biggest year yet. In only it’s third year of existence, anglers from all over the southeastern United States descended on Jacksonville, Florida to test their mettle in at the 2016 Inshore Xtreme Challenge. The Inshore Xtreme Challenge benefits Combat2College, a non-profit supporting veterans with higher education.

2016 Inshore Xtreme Challenge


The 2016 Inshore Xtreme Challenge tournament challenges anglers with catching their limit with 2 redfish, 6 speckled sea trout, and 10 flounder according to regulations set forth by Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC).  It’s not about the biggest fish, but in reality, the most fish. The design of the Inshore Xtreme Challenge is to test anglers skills. In this aspect, the 2016 Inshore Xtreme Challenge isn’t a sprint, but a marathon that anglers must endure.

2016 Inshore


In the weeks leading up to the 2016 Inshore Xtreme Challenge, the weather was perfect. As many tournament anglers can attest, tournament day is typically tough with inclement weather and conditions. As luck would have it, Mother Nature reared her ugly head with high winds and some storms. Friday evening arrived and anglers started showing up for the check in and Captain’s Meeting. Anglers who were amongst the first 50 registered were rewarded with undoubtedly the best Captain’s Bag any tournament has ever seen. Instead of filler material, anglers in the 2016 Inshore Xtreme Challenge received a true captain’s bag filled with goodies from BlackStrap, Daiichi Hooks, Saltwater Assassin, Egret Baits, Squiddies Flip Reel, Pro Cure, Hoo Rag, Okuma Fishing, Sticky Designs, MirroLure, Tsunami Fishing, and Raw Accessories took the bags over the top this year with an amazing addition, a lure bag!


Once everyone was checked in for the 2016 Inshore Xtreme Challenge, Blackfinn Ameripub catered an amazing spread for dinner for everyone in attendance. Dinner included all kinds of different sliders, and enough fixings on the side to feed an army! Once everyone was full from dinner, Jill Christoferson of FWC gave a presentation concerning safe release, as well as several other programs provided by FWC, including the angler recognition program and a red drum survey. JR Rushing then gave a presentation on the array of products from Raw Accessories. Once presentations were completed, tournament co-director Tony Hart went over the rules for the next day’s fishing as well as start times.


Tournament day was a mess! Anglers arrived at their launch points under adverse conditions. Rain, gusty winds, and lightning had many anglers lay low until the storms passed a couple of hours after the permitted launch time. Even though the rain and storms passed, high winds would still prevail for the better part of the day. Not only were anglers for the 2016 Inshore Xtreme Challenge starting a marathon, but Mother Nature pitched in a few more obstacles for good measure. We knew the overall winner of the tournament would have earned every fish that they caught that day.


Check in/weigh in for anglers opened at 2pm, and it wasn’t long before anglers started rolling in. Slowly but surely anglers started rolling in showing off their pics of fish caught, and sharing stories of how tough their day fared. By the time check in closed at 6pm, everyone had been accounted for, and the judges started putting together the list of winners. Many anglers caught fish, while others didn’t fare as well. Once everyone was checked in, Longhorn Steakhouse catered an amazing dinner for everyone. The venue was packed with tournament anglers, family, and friends who gathered to take part in the dinner, raffles, and awards ceremony. After dinner, Nathan Ray of Combat2College, gave a presentation about the benefits and services that they provide to our veterans. Bob Sutton of Eddy-Gear Kayaks then presented Nathan and Combat2College a series of checks, which was raised by Bob to help support C2C.


Once the presentations were complete, everyone got amped up for the raffles and announcement of the winners. The Inshore Xtreme Challenge essentially holds 2 types of raffles: general and large raffle. The general raffle had items from Eddy-Gear coolers, to EGO nets, to amazing art from Steve Whitlock, as well as gear from NuCanoe, YakAttack, FINS Braid, Scotty, Ram Mount, Tsunami Fishing, Orion Coolers, and much more. Tournament Co-Director, Kaycee Hart, started the raffles off with the help of her young assistant, and the gear started coming off the tables. Once the general raffle was completed, we moved on to the large raffle items. First to go was the Power Pole Micro which was won by Harriet Simmons. Next was the RayMarine Dragonfly 7-Pro fish finder which was won by Jim Miller. The next big item was the Eddy-Gear Stingray XL kayak, which was won by an enthusiastic Rebecca Bruner. Lastly, Joint Force Enterprises donated a Rock Island Armory 1911 to be raffled off! Pat Greene was the envy of many when her number was called as the winner!



Now that all the raffles were finished, it was time to announce the winners of the 2016 Inshore Xtreme Challenge. In the newly created Ladies Division, Catherine Longmire of Jacksonville, FL took home the win with 53.5″ of fish caught.


5th Place angler was Craig Van Brocklin of Jacksonville, FL with 84.25″ on the board.


4th Place angler was Donnie Leeper of Jacksonville, FL with 1123.75″ on the board.


3rd Place angler was Mike Eady of Conway, SC with 125.25″ on the board.


2nd Place angler was Matt Embree of Jacksonville, FL with 129″ on the board.


1st Place and Champion of the 2016 Inshore Xtreme Challenge was Jeff Altman of Jacksonville, FL with 167″ on the board! Jeff took home a haul including a Kaku Kahuna SUP!


We’d like to thank all of the participants, volunteers, and sponsors of the Inshore Xtreme Challenge charity kayak fishing tournament. It was an absolute success, and would not be possible without the help and support of so many. We’re already looking forward to next year’s tournament with dates set for Friday, March 31st and Saturday, April 1st. For more information on the Inshore Xtreme Challenge, visit www.inshorextremechallenge.com.



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