Daily fishing report ST. PETERSBURG – Steve Yerrid of Tampa won the inshore grand slam champion title at the eighth annual Chuck LaMar Celebrity Fishing Tournament on Sunday at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort Marina. The tournament benefits the Tampa-based Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
Guided by Kenny Hyatt of Tampa, Yerrid caught a 27-inch redfish on a live pilchard near a mangrove and oyster shoreline north of Gandy Bridge at 11a.m. Saturday in the two-day event. He also caught a 37-inch snook at noon Sunday on a pilchard off Pinellas Point. Yerrid completed his grand slam of 86 inches with less than half an hour to fish by catching a 22-inch trout while floating live shrimp over grass flats south of Gandy Bridge.
“That was my last cast, because we had to be back in by 3 o’clock,” said Yerrid, who hosted a children’s fishing derby for cancer patients before the tournament. “I had just caught a 19-inch trout and we thought that was going to be my last cast. But I threw out another bait and I said, “Do I have time for one last (rift)?’ As I was saying that, the fish hit.”
Former FSU quarterback Casey Weldon won the celebrity grand slam division with a 29-inch redfish, 23-inch snook and 21-inch trout. Dr. Steve Updegraff of Tampa won the angler slam division with a 27-inch redfish, 35-inch snook and 22-inch trout.
Former Bucs quarterback Steve DeBerg won the celebrity redfish division (361/2 inches) and Doug Palsha won the angler redfish (331/2). Famous fly-fisherman Stu Apte won the celebrity snook (33.5 inch) and Bob McDonough won the angler snook division (41.5). Rays pitcher Doug Waechter won celebrity trout (21) and Jeff Thompson won angler trout (25).
Team Galati won the overall offshore division with 293.4 points as well as the reef/wreck division (143.1 points) and the pelagic division (54.96).
–David A. Brown covers area fishing tournaments and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org