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2018 Raymond James & RSA Boca Grande Classic

The 2018 Cylance, Raymond James & RSA Boca Grande Classic Presented by Gasparilla Inn & Club and Palo Alto Networks Redbone@Large event was held May 1-3, 2018 at the Gasparilla Inn & Club on Gasparilla Island, Florida to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Celebrity Ed Marinaro served as host and emcee for the event, which attracting dozens of anglers to support the cause.

This year Cylance, Raymond James, RSA, Gasparilla Inn & Club, Callsign, Palo Alto Networks, Insight, Cisco, Ford, Bob Melvin, Splunk, CA Technologies, Optiv, Tanium, ServiceNow, Microsoft, SailPoint, Protiviti, Zascaler and IGX-2000 joined the team to support the cause. Thanks to their generous support, the tournament netted approximately $200,000 to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundationís mission to find a cure for cystic fibrosis. The Boca Grande fishing tournament has raised more than $1,700,000 over the past 15 years and sold out this year with 45 boats in the tournament.

The winner for the 2018 Boca Grande Classic are as follows:


Individual - Live Bait Division Winners for each species:

  • TROUT Angler: Rich Balestriere and Guide: Robert Ferrero


  • REDFISH Angler: Jim McDaniel and Guide: Travis Rupe


  • SNOOK Angler: Bill Barfus and Guide: Chris Newberry


  • TARPON Angler: Jennifer Pora and Guide: Cory Palmer


  • Individual - Fly/Spin Division Winners for each species:

  • TROUT Angler: Aaron Shilts and Guide: Al White


  • REDFISH Angler: Mike Housch and Guide: Wes Burns


  • SNOOK Angler: Jeff Lafond and Guide: Larry Williams


  • -Individual Ė Largest Tarpon Winners:

  • TARPON Angler: Stephann Cotton and Guide: Eric White


  • The next tournament will be scheduled in May 7-9, 2019, at the Gasparilla Inn & Club. If you are interested in attending, please contact Jennifer Buchanan at CFF 954-739-5006 (I would recommend booking a boat entry ASAP, it is predicted to be sold out next year.)

    The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment, and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care.

    As a nonprofit, donor-supported organization, the CF Foundation has made a tremendous difference in the lives of those with CF and continues to be one of the most efficient and effective healthcare organizations in the country. Through the Foundationís efforts, the life expectancy of a child born with CF has doubled in the last 30 years, and nearly half the CF population today is age 18 or older. In fact, many patients are living into their 30s, 40s, and beyond.