Wounded Warriors fishing tourney draws 120 boats

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The second annual Treasure Coast Bonito Blast, benefiting the Wounded Warriors of South Florida, drew a fleet of 120 boats Saturday to its event fished out of Manatee Island Bar and grill in Port Salerno.

An estimated 400 people participated or attended the festivities associated with the event, according to TC Palm.

The tournament included donated auction items and services and more funds were raised through sponsors, boat entries and proceeds from the sale of an estimated 2,000 pounds of bonito caught by tournament anglers, said tournament committee member Kim Emmons.

She estimated that more than $30,000 was raised for the Wounded Warriors.

Capt. Jack Summers, who placed second with a 16.5-pounder and finished third in the event’s inaugural year, steered his anglers to catch more than 300 pounds of bonitos.

“This was a win-win for everyone,”Summers told TC Palm. “It’s the middle of the summer, with not much going on, so this was a great chance to fish for a good cause and give a boost for the local businesses and community.”

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