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Capt. Jeff Schneider fished the 16th annual Peter T. Assimack Inshore Slam Tournament last weekend.   The Tournament is run out of the Anclote River.  It was a beautiful morning for a shotgun start of about 90 boats.   As the sun came up so did the wind gusting to around 25 knots and blowing a constant 15 throughout the day. Although Jeff didn’t get to do any fishing in the days prior to the tournament because he was fishing in Boca Grande, he was still confident he had a good game plan.

As 2 o’clock  rolled around and he had not found the right fish he decided to make a long run the opposite direction killing much of the 3 hours left in the tourney.  It only took a couple of minutes to know that the run had paid off as he hooked up on a nice Snook that would have definitely made the leader board, but unfortunately the giant fish muscled its way around a dock and broke him off.  After recovering from the heartbreak and now running out of time Capt. Jeff decides to keep his head down and his spirits up.  Right about then Bam, Fish On!  Capt. Jeff hooks into a big Redfish and this time Jeff tightens down his drag and muscle’s his fish out from the dock and lands it.  It hits the ruler at the 30″ mark, Jeff gets his pictures, releases the fish, starts the motor, and races to the weigh in.   It was a great fish, especially considering the condition and kept Capt. Jeff on the leaderboard to take the 3rd Place Trophy.

Congratulations to Capt. Jeff on his great finish in one of the area’s most popular tournaments!

Capt. Matt Santiago