For this issue of Cocoplum Living we are featuring an interview with one of our sponsors Eric Raistrick, President and Founder of Eric’s Outboard Marine Service, Inc. He started out as a Mobile Marine Mechanic way back in 1986, and over the last 30 years, with a lot of hard work and determination; Eric’s Outboard has grown into one of the most respected Contender and Yamaha dealerships in the country. We’re picking his brain today to find out how Eric has been able to thrive in an industry where it’s challenging to find a reliable, straightforward and trustworthy company.
Eric you’ve been in the boating business for over 30 years. What’s the story behind how you got started with Eric’s Outboard? You know, I’ve had a love for boats and fishing since I was a kid. As I got older, I began learning how to repair outboard engines. It went from a hobby to a business in 1986 when I decided to start doing side repair jobs out of my backyard. Eventually, the business outgrew my backyard and we had to move into a warehouse.
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The 2016 Yamaha Cotender Miami Sportfish Tournament Concludes its successful event
Proceeds Go to Marine Conservation, Education and Scholarships
The Yamaha Contender Miami Sportfish Tournament (formally the Miami Billfish Tournament) concluded a successful and exciting fishing tournament and fundraiser! The tournament produced a winning weekend for everyone! Held at the Miami Beach Marina on South Beach in Florida boats fished for a $30,000 Top Boat Prize, plus other cash prizes, gifts and trophies. A total of almost $80,000 in prize money was awarded for one day of fishing! Thanks to its anglers and sponsors, this non-profit organization donated proceeds to area marine conservation organizations, education programs and scholarships.
On Thursday, April 21st, the tournament started with the Kick-Off Party and Captain’s Meeting with fantastic food from Flanigan’s. Saturday, April 23rd was the day of fishing competition for dolphin, tuna, kingfish, wahoo, cobia, mutton snapper and billfish (3 billfish per boat). This mixed bag made it possible for anyone to win! The fleet was able to head out from any South Florida inlet for a day of fishing and then meet back at Miami Beach Marina for the official weigh-in. At the end of official fishing hours, the fleet converged on the marina and the excitement of the weigh-in grew. To make the festivities even more enjoyable, participants and their family, friends and spectators enjoyed ice cold brew from Islamorada Beer Company, cocktails from Tito’s Vodka and Papa’s Pilar Rum and wine at the Presidential Challenge Wine Bar.
Once all the fish were weighed and the billfish catch cards confirmed, it was an extremely close competition, but Doing It All/Hardway Too was in the lead with a total of 172.4 points. This earned them the title of Top Boat of the 2016 Miami Sportfish Tournament and won them $37,950. This was from the Top Boat Prize of $30,000, plus top boat in the Kettle of Fish for $2,550, another $4,250 for the top boat in the Sportfish Jackpot, $850 for the heaviest Cobia added-value category and $300 for the Top Cobia, brought in by Mark Lamb.
Second Place went to Frick & Frack with a total of 168.7 points. This won them $9,380 as a result of the $5,000 second place prize, $1,530 for second place in the Kettle of Fish and $2,550 for second place in the Sportfish Jackpot and $300 for top Kingfish. Third Place boat in the tournament went to Miss Britt with 152.8 points. This allowed them to take home $4,300. Team D&D/Flanigan’s came in forth with 127.1 points. Fifth Place went to the Reel Karma with 120.4 points and 6th place with 104.3 points went to No Worries.
The Master Angler of the tournament was Howard Walters, who also had the Top Dolphin in the tournament! The Top Lady went to Debbie David aboard Frick & Frack with 84.5 points, Top Junior was Laurel David, also aboard Frick & Frack with 82.4 points. Laurel also won Top Kingfish. Finally, the Top Pee Wee went to the defending champion, Danny Horowitz on Lisa L/Fishing Experience. Other winners included Carlos Martinez aboard Fishless/How Ya Reelin for the Top Wahoo and the Top Tuna was brought in by Chris Strelic on Eren’s Addiction.
All of the winners received their cash prizes, trophies and other great prizes during the Yamaha Awards Party catered and hosted by Flanigan’s with a fantastic BBQ dinner. This party also offered participants and the public a huge silent auction with exotic trips, tackle, electronics, jewelry and more. The end of the party was the moment everyone was waiting for…the drawing for the 25′ T Contender Boat with twin 150 hp Yamaha 4- stroke engines, Bluewater T-Top and Lean Post, Tigress Outriggers and Lighting and a Continental trailer. After a youngster from the audience came up and pulled the ticket, the winner was Brian Mundey from Miami Beach. Brian served in the military and completed three tours of duty. He is quoted as saying “I was sitting on my balcony one night and a premonition came over me to buy tickets for the boat because I knew I was going to win”. Congrats to Brian and thank you for your service!
The Miami Billfish Tournament has now raised and donated $750,000 to marine conservation, education and scholarships and the fulfilling the Tournament’s mission to promote awareness and support marine enhancement, education and conservation.
Kelly FullertonThe 2016 Yamaha Contender Miami Sportfish Tournament