11th annual msm tournament was a huge success!
Thanks to the support of our sponsors, anglers and donors, this year’s tournament, was the most successful to date! The Michael Shields Memorial Inshore Open was held October 4-5th at the River Palm Cottages & Fish Camp in Jensen Beach. A total of 176 Anglers participated in this year’s Open, 19 of which were Professional Guides.
Open to both children and adults, it is the largest inshore fishing tournament along the Treasure Coast. A Captain’s Party and family BBQ was also held attracting more than 400 people over the weekend.
The Open is named after longtime Martin County resident Michael Shields, who died at the age of 23 from bone cancer. It followed a catch and release format, with separate categories for snook, tarpon, trout, and redfish. The Open is held each Fall to raise critically-needed funds for the programs of Project LIFT.
Project LIFT’s primary mission is to invest in the lives of at-risk teens ages 14-19. The boy's program offers hope for members struggling with substance abuse, lack of support and academic failures. At no cost to members, the program offers mental health/substance abuse therapy, vocational skills training and mentoring. Licensed therapists and skilled volunteers work to help them replace negative behaviors with self-esteem, skill development and positive goals for the future.