10th Annual FishStock Festival a Success

FishStock consists of land-based fun, an offshore tournament and an inshore tournament - see the pictures here!

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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 dan.jacobs@bonniercorp.com. 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!

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A happy young angler at FishStock 2012
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Kat, Barbara and Sheri from Bonnier are volunteers tallying the tournament entries.
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This is the second year for Fin Reaper at Fishstock. They loved the customers and the customers loved them back!
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The fishing lessons at KidStock took place regularly during the event and lots of free tackle was given to the young anglers.
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One successful team at the weigh-in.
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Chris Peterson and the Hell's Bay team revived all the redfish and returned them safely into the Intercoastal WaterwayGlenn Hughes
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John Fisher's redfish had 25 spots and earned him top honors in the Redfish/Trout ChallengeGlenn Hughes
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A nice trout headed to the weigh stationGlenn Hughes
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Mattie Jones' trick bird Peanut opened the Sony Photo seminars by heckling the audience...Randy Vance
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This is some real good hot sauce!Randy Vance
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Checking the slot on a redfish during weigh-in at the Redfish/Trout Challenge
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Sportsman came to the show with their brand new center console. What an awesome boat at a terrific price.Randy Vance
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Trophies await the winners of the Redfish/Trout Challenge
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Mystic Lubricants cover you from gearcase to trailer wheels.Randy Vance
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Even the local newspaper showed up for Fishstock.
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The inshore tournament had a terrific turnout and a great weigh-in.Randy Vance
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My fish is in there somewhere...Randy Vance
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These are the coolest shrimp lights you'll find...Randy Vance
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Spectators gather at the Redfish/Trout Challenge weigh-insRandy Vance
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Don Mull showed off this beautiful Deep ImpactGlenn Hughes
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Tournament Director Dan Jacobs carefully checks the scale for the final moments of a weigh-in.Randy Vance
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Gus Bobes and his buddy Randy.Randy Vance
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Lining up at the docks for the inshore weigh-in.Randy Vance
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Tackle sales are pretty brisk at this event.Randy Vance
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Just let me catch a quick nap...Randy Vance
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Bonnier's Glenn Hughes helps a tournament contestant prepare to "weigh in"Randy Vance
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Fishstock is a great place to introduce new products.Randy Vance
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A great selection of small outboards from MercuryRandy Vance
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Yellowfin's boats are always a crowd favorite at boating and fishing eventsGlenn Hughes
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Right on the money. What a catch!Randy Vance
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Sweet flats skiff for sale at the on-site boat showRandy Vance
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Bull Bay Rods make some gorgeous custom rods with abalone shell -- the real thing -- on the wraps and handles.
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What a wrap!Randy Vance
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Bass Pro Shops brought Mako and Ascend kayaks.Randy Vance
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The Hell's Bay release tank team worked with every fish, insuring a live and healthy release.Randy Vance
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Capt. Rick Murphy shared some of his tips all day Saturday, with the support of his lovely co-host Jennifer ReevesGlenn Hughes
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All redfish were brought to the scales in release bags and weighed aliveRandy Vance
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A quick weigh-in promised a healthy release later onRandy Vance
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A prize-winner examines his lootRandy Vance
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Trophies await the FishStock 5K winnersRandy Vance
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Nothing better than Tito's and Coke!Randy Vance
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Another flats machine...Randy Vance
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A happy winning teamRandy Vance
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The FishStock 5K run had some awesome prizes for the winners.Randy Vance
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On the way to the scales...Randy Vance
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Big power from YamahaRandy Vance
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Guy Harvey's display was a beauty.Randy Vance
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Fin Reaper fans!Randy Vance
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FishStock attendees hide from a sudden shower courtesy of tropical storm Beryl.
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OK, so we got a little wet Sunday afternoon, but it didn't dampen the spirit of the participants or the staff.Glenn Hughes
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There were a number of big winners in the Redsfish/Trout Challenge. Click through to see them...Kat Haack
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Tournament participants get ready form the awards presentationClint Jones
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Third Place Female Angler Jamie MarcottClint Jones
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Top Female Angler Tracy CarpenterClint Jones
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Second Place Redfish Team and Top Overall Team: Billy Joyce, Danielle Giamo, Dennis Cox, Dustin GiamoClint Jones
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Third Place Junior Angler Paulie JueckstockClint Jones
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This lucky winner of a Power-Pole was made possible because of a drawing on his weigh-in of a qualified fishGlenn Hughes
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Second Place Junior Angler Jaxon CarnClint Jones
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Top Junior Angler Walker BaileyClint Jones
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Second Place Trout Team and Top Overall Team: Billy Joyce, Danielle Giamo, Dennis Cox, Dustin GiamoClint Jones
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First Place Trout Boat and Trout Jackpot winners Doug White and Gary BellClint Jones
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Third Place Redfish Team Austin and Scott PrideClint Jones
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First Place Redfish Team and Redfish Jackpot winners Bryan Ward and Justin CollisonClint Jones
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Most Spots winners John Fisher and Rick FarnanClint Jones
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Third Place Team overall: Maggie Rood, Patrick Rood, Terry SmithClint Jones
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Personal grab for glory!Clint Jones
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Second Place Team overall: Doug White and Gary BellClint Jones
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Proud representative of team #2!Clint Jones
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Great prizes from our sponsorsClint Jones
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More great fish caught at this year's tournament...Kat Haack
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