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Catch and Release Fishing Tournament nets $39,000 to benefit PHCC Foundation

 James Eschelbach and Katherine Johnson, Ed.D.(L to R) Special recognition of Skanska as presenting sponsor of the event given to James Eschelbach, Skanska project manager, by Katherine Johnson, Ed.D., PHCC President.

The Seventh Annual Catch and Release Fishing Tournament was held on May 10 at Catches Waterfront Grille in Port Richey. Twenty chartered boats carried Pasco-Hernando Community College Foundation supporters who enjoyed a full day of fishing and entertainment, while raising $39,000 to benefit PHCC students.

Prizes were awarded for first, second and third place in combined total inches, first place for the largest in length in three species categories and a master angler award for largest cobia. Winners in the combined total inches category were Robert Thomas, Skanska USA Building, who was awarded first place with 78.5 total inches, Amir Kazeminar, OCI Associates, placed second with 73.25 total inches and Jimmy Henderson, Skanska USA Building, won third place with 69 total inches.

Other top anglers included: Robert Heaney, Action Labor and Staffing, with a 26-inch trout; Marsha LaBrie, J & J Plumbing, with a 25-inch redfish; and Chera McGuire, Skanska, with a 35.5-inch snook. David Compton, Ripa & Associates, received the Master Angler award for reeling in a 37-inch cobia.

The fishing tournament was presented by Skanska USA Building.

Established in 1975, the PHCC Foundation helps support student programs, instructional resources, staff development and facilities for the college. For more information on the PHCC Foundation, please call 727-816-3410 or visit the Foundation page.

Release date: 
July 9, 2013
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