The Johnny Kellar Inshore Tournament has quite a story that started 26 years ago. Some of the players responsible for the start of the event are no longer with us, but the legacy and story will live on. In 1990, Capt. Al Autenrieth and Dave Zalewski of the Old Salt Fishing Club took a little boy fishing. The 9-year-old hemophiliac, who had tested positive for HIV after a receiving blood transfusion, was having a hard time fitting in. “He felt alone and isolated,” his mother Margie Kellar recalled. “All he wanted to do was go catch some fish.” Johnny got his wish.
Old Salt Fishing FoundationOrganizer of 31st Annual Old Salt Johhny Kellar Inshore Fishing TournamentOld Salt Fishing – The Foundation Old Salt Mission The mission of the Foundation is “To create, protect and promote recreational fishing opportunities for Florida anglers and their families.” Old Salt supports the development of sound fisheries science & conservation policies, youth & family outreach and angler education. What Old Salt Does Old Salt Fishing Foundation is a 45-year-old, not for profit, fishing organization headquartered in Madeira Beach, FL. The Foundation serves anglers with a variety of youth & family programs, competitive fishing tournaments and angler advocacy efforts. The Foundation operates with an all-volunteer staff and board of directors. Over the past 10 years, Old Salt has delivered fishing, tournament, conservation and education programs & opportunities for tens of thousands of anglers all while donating in excess of $1 million dollars to deserving regional charities. Where Old Salt Comes From In 1971 the Gulf Oceanographic Development Foundation, Inc. under the direction of Dr. Robert Smith, Director of the State University System Institute of Oceanography, began to exploreOld Salt Fishing - The Foundation the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Loop Current. Fishing expeditions were organized to investigate theories developed by the scientists. Since the initial fishing expedition and subsequent efforts were closely associated with the Loop Current’s unusual scientific phenomena, a descriptive name was given the effort – Operation Loop Development – Suncoast Angler’s Loop Tournament – (O.L.D. S.A.L.T.) The Old Salt Fishing Club was born. Thus a partnership between fisherman and the scientific community was forged. This partnership organized a fishing expedition in search of the Loop Current – (warm Caribbean waters that enter the Gulf of Mexico through the Yucatan Straits). Once in the Gulf this current “loops” and exits through the Straits of Florida to become the Gulf Stream. That tournament, the Old Salt Loop Tournament is currently in it’s 43rd year of operation, and is held annually in August Since the loop expeditions, the club has continued to assist the scientific community. The club has helped support many projects including the Pinellas County Artificial Reef Program, the development of the Magnuson Act (Gulf Of Mexico Fishery Management Council) and assisted in investigating the American Cancer Society’s interest in the connection between environmental cancer and Red Tides. To this day, The Old Salt’s aid the scientific community wherever and whenever possible.
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