The Bert's Redfish Challenge Charity Redfish Tournament was established in 2008 as "We're Fishing for Pete's Sake" after Fort Myers Shores Assistant Fire Chief Pete Gee was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer. The tournament was originally going to be a one time fundraiser for Pete and his family but it was so well received by tournament anglers and the community we decided to continue as Bert's Redfish Challenge. Pete passed on September 11, 2010 1 week after our third event. Pete asked to not be memorialized by the tournament but that we continue raising money for as long as we can for people in need in the community. Pine Island F.I.S.H. is a 501c3 Organization that does just that. F.I.S.H. was establish in 1986 to assist local residents in need with various services that include: transportation to doctors appointments, providing medical supplies, providing financial assistance for rent and utilities, and providing welfare checks for homebound individuals. Pine Island F.I.S.H. is also the lead agency in the Basket Brigade Program. More Information about Pine Island F.I.S.H. ca be found at www.pineislandfish.org. Bert's Redfish Challenge has raised over $39,000 for the local community.
Our mission is to provide assistance to the community through fundraising for local charities and individuals in need.
Our goal is to provide a competitive but fun tournament for all participants, anglers and spectators to enjoy while raising money for our community.
OCTOBER 20 and 21, 2017
Bert's Redfish Challenge
Our fishery is important to the local economy and we strive to be a responsible steward to our environment by promoting sustainable fishing techniques and require that all tournament fish be released live to return to their natural habitat.