Over two days of fishing on Lake Ontario and celebrating at the Rochester Yacht Club, the 22nd annual Bank of America Casting for Caring sport fishing tournament grossed a total of $130,501 to benefit the services of the American Red Cross, Greater Rochester Chapter.
“We can’t say thank you enough to all of our sponsors, charter boat captains, committee members and Casting participants for reeling in so much support,” said Jeremy Bagley, Executive Director of the Greater Rochester Chapter.
Licensed charter boat captains took over 250 people out for approximately four hours of fishing during three sessions on May 4-5. The boat captain catching the biggest fish in each session was awarded a $1,000 prize, courtesy of Casting for Caring founder Lou Langie, and a $1,000 donation to the Red Cross was made in the name of the fisher who reeled it in. Mr. Langie also donates a $1,000 prize for the most fish caught in each session.
The biggest catch of the two-day event was a 20-pound, eight-ounce King salmon, caught during Tuesday morning’s session by 86-year-old Bob Stevenson aboard the Reel Actions Charters, captained by Tom Widell. Capt. Jerry Felluca of Rebel Charters brought in the most fish Tuesday morning with eight. Tuesday afternoon, Pete Bukowski caught a 19-pound, 12-ounce King salmon aboard Captain Jeff Goater’s Big Hit Charters, which also brought in the most fish with seven. The biggest fish during Monday’s Women’s event winners was caught by the team from Genesee Regional Bank, who reeled in a 16-pound, eight-ounce salmon aboard the Missdemeanor, captained by Matthew French, while Captain Jeremy Sage of JDS Custom Charters caught eight fish, the most during Monday's Women's event.
The Bank of America Casting for Caring event also featured a reception following each of the three fishing sessions at the Rochester Yacht Club, with a silent auction featuring gifts donated by various community supporters.