FishStock consists of land-based fun, an offshore tournament and an inshore tournament - see the pictures here!
Saltwater Sportsman Staff
May 30, 2012
FishStock celebrated its 10th anniversary this year in New Smyrna Beach, and while the last day of the popular Memorial Day weekend festival at Riverside Park was little wet and windy, otherwise it was a huge success!
The event, sponsored by Sony Marine and Dow Electronics, typically features the FishStock festival, the New Smyrna/Daytona Beach Striker offshore and Redfish/Trout Challenge inshore tournaments. Unfortunately, high winds pushed ashore by approaching Tropical Storm Beryl postponed the Striker tournament by did little to dampen the spirits of anglers fishing the Redfish/Trout Challenge.
The Redfish Trout Challenge, presented by Yellowfin and Mercury, hosted 90 boats and found top inshore anglers in fierce competition for the biggest bag of two redfish and one trout. Team Snap Back, consisting of Billy Joyce, Danielle Giamo, Dennis Cox and Dustin Giamo, came out as the big winners, scoring the Top Boat Overall prize and earning second place finishes in the Trout and Redfish categories. The top team in the Redfish category was Karma Boatworks, with anglers Bryan Ward and Justin Collison. Top Trout honors went to team Sho N Tail, consisting of Doug White and Gary Bell. The Top Junior Angler was Walker Bailey, and Tracy Carpenter took Top Female Angler honors. Everyone was invited to follow along with live scoring updates throughout the weekend on www.fishstock.com.
Land-based fun at FishStock included a boat show with over 15 national builders that attracted over 4000 consumers over the four days of the festival. Rick Murphy’s Chevy Florida Insider Fishing Report tent and the ever-popular KidStock seminars also drew large crowds throughout the weekend. The FishStock 5k and fun run sponsored by Sony Walkman was held Sunday morning, and exceeded 500 participants this year — a new record. FishStock also featured a number of great local and regional bands this year, including “Outbound Road”, “The Mob Band” and “Barley Wine Band.” Sony’s Alpha Camera division hosted educational photography seminars on site in conjunction with Ritz Camera and Boating LAB editor Randy Vance. Great food was available at FishStock courtesy of Off The Hook Raw Bar and Grill along with the New Smyrna Beach Steak House.
The postponed Striker tournament will now be held this weekend, June 2, at the Fishing Store in New Smyrna Beach. The captains’ meeting and registration will be held Friday night (June 1) from 5-9 p.m. with Saturday’s one-day fishing shoot-out followed by weigh-ins at 4:30 p.m. Those anglers interested in fishing the Striker should call Dan Jacobs at 407-405-0102, or email [email protected] More information can also be found at www.fishstock.com.
VIDEO: Along with providing a state-of-the-art custom release tank for our FishStock redfish, Hell’s Bay Boatworks put together this great video documenting Sunday’s sudden downpour, courtesy of Tropical Storm Beryl. Enjoy!
A happy young angler at FishStock 2012
Kat, Barbara and Sheri from Bonnier are volunteers tallying the tournament entries.
This is the second year for Fin Reaper at Fishstock. They loved the customers and the customers loved them back!
The fishing lessons at KidStock took place regularly during the event and lots of free tackle was given to the young anglers.
One successful team at the weigh-in.
Chris Peterson and the Hell’s Bay team revived all the redfish and returned them safely into the Intercoastal WaterwayGlenn Hughes
John Fisher’s redfish had 25 spots and earned him top honors in the Redfish/Trout ChallengeGlenn Hughes
A nice trout headed to the weigh stationGlenn Hughes
Mattie Jones’ trick bird Peanut opened the Sony Photo seminars by heckling the audience…Randy Vance
This is some real good hot sauce!Randy Vance
Checking the slot on a redfish during weigh-in at the Redfish/Trout Challenge
Sportsman came to the show with their brand new center console. What an awesome boat at a terrific price.Randy Vance
Trophies await the winners of the Redfish/Trout Challenge
Mystic Lubricants cover you from gearcase to trailer wheels.Randy Vance
Even the local newspaper showed up for Fishstock.
The inshore tournament had a terrific turnout and a great weigh-in.Randy Vance
My fish is in there somewhere…Randy Vance
These are the coolest shrimp lights you’ll find…Randy Vance
Spectators gather at the Redfish/Trout Challenge weigh-insRandy Vance
Don Mull showed off this beautiful Deep ImpactGlenn Hughes
Tournament Director Dan Jacobs carefully checks the scale for the final moments of a weigh-in.Randy Vance
Gus Bobes and his buddy Randy.Randy Vance
Lining up at the docks for the inshore weigh-in.Randy Vance
Tackle sales are pretty brisk at this event.Randy Vance
Just let me catch a quick nap…Randy Vance
Bonnier’s Glenn Hughes helps a tournament contestant prepare to “weigh in”Randy Vance
Fishstock is a great place to introduce new products.Randy Vance
A great selection of small outboards from MercuryRandy Vance
Yellowfin’s boats are always a crowd favorite at boating and fishing eventsGlenn Hughes
Right on the money. What a catch!Randy Vance
Sweet flats skiff for sale at the on-site boat showRandy Vance
Bull Bay Rods make some gorgeous custom rods with abalone shell — the real thing — on the wraps and handles.
What a wrap!Randy Vance
Bass Pro Shops brought Mako and Ascend kayaks.Randy Vance
The Hell’s Bay release tank team worked with every fish, insuring a live and healthy release.Randy Vance
Capt. Rick Murphy shared some of his tips all day Saturday, with the support of his lovely co-host Jennifer ReevesGlenn Hughes
All redfish were brought to the scales in release bags and weighed aliveRandy Vance
A quick weigh-in promised a healthy release later onRandy Vance
A prize-winner examines his lootRandy Vance
Trophies await the FishStock 5K winnersRandy Vance
Nothing better than Tito’s and Coke!Randy Vance
Another flats machine…Randy Vance
A happy winning teamRandy Vance
The FishStock 5K run had some awesome prizes for the winners.Randy Vance
On the way to the scales…Randy Vance
Big power from YamahaRandy Vance
Guy Harvey’s display was a beauty.Randy Vance
Fin Reaper fans!Randy Vance
FishStock attendees hide from a sudden shower courtesy of tropical storm Beryl.
OK, so we got a little wet Sunday afternoon, but it didn’t dampen the spirit of the participants or the staff.Glenn Hughes
There were a number of big winners in the Redsfish/Trout Challenge. Click through to see them…Kat Haack
Tournament participants get ready form the awards presentationClint Jones
Third Place Female Angler Jamie MarcottClint Jones
Top Female Angler Tracy CarpenterClint Jones
Second Place Redfish Team and Top Overall Team: Billy Joyce, Danielle Giamo, Dennis Cox, Dustin GiamoClint Jones
Third Place Junior Angler Paulie JueckstockClint Jones
This lucky winner of a Power-Pole was made possible because of a drawing on his weigh-in of a qualified fishGlenn Hughes
Second Place Junior Angler Jaxon CarnClint Jones
Top Junior Angler Walker BaileyClint Jones
Second Place Trout Team and Top Overall Team: Billy Joyce, Danielle Giamo, Dennis Cox, Dustin GiamoClint Jones
First Place Trout Boat and Trout Jackpot winners Doug White and Gary BellClint Jones
Third Place Redfish Team Austin and Scott PrideClint Jones
First Place Redfish Team and Redfish Jackpot winners Bryan Ward and Justin CollisonClint Jones
Most Spots winners John Fisher and Rick FarnanClint Jones
Third Place Team overall: Maggie Rood, Patrick Rood, Terry SmithClint Jones
Personal grab for glory!Clint Jones
Second Place Team overall: Doug White and Gary BellClint Jones
Proud representative of team #2!Clint Jones
Great prizes from our sponsorsClint Jones
More great fish caught at this year’s tournament…Kat Haack