Surf Rats Ball Fishing Tournament Benefits Local Nonprofit

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Eddie Orihuela & Jeanine Spencer from Kids Need More were social distancing and wearing masks. Photo by Ed Shin

The 15th Annual Surf Rats Ball Shin Dig was held at the Captree Bait and Tackle in Babylon on July 25. 

Eighty attendees were treated to culinary delights from Jeff the Chef and Snowflake Ice Cream in Riverhead. Winners from the Surf Rats Ball Stripers Tournament held in June  were announced and presented with awards and trophies, followed by announcements of the much anticipated raffle held in support of KiDS NEED MoRE, the Long Island based  charity which supports children and families battling life-threatening illnesses.

Fisherman come from all over the east coast to attend the Shin Dig as it draws some of the best names in sport fishing like Fred Golofaro, Donny “Super Strike” Musso, Crazy Alberto, Zeno Hromin, DJ Muller and many more. The lively raffle raised a total of $5,340 for KiDS NEED MoRE.

“We are extremely grateful for the support from the 15th Annual Surf Rats Ball Shin
Dig,” says Melissa Firmes, president of KiDS NEED MoRE. “Given the uncertainty of
current times, and the stress our families are experiencing, it is beyond comforting and
reassuring to receive this type of outpouring support from the community.”

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Annual Surf Rats event at Captree. Photo by Ed Shin
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Some items that were being raffled off. Photo by Ed Shin
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Bill Wetzel (r) founder of the Surf Rats. Photo by Ed Shin
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Jeff the Chef providing food for all those who attended the event. Photo by Ed Shin
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Eddie Orihuela & Jeanine Spencer from Kids Need More. Photo by Ed Shin
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Photo by Ed Shin