It's about friends and community coming together to do something bigger than themselves. Coupled with the philanthropy of the Shriners' Organization, it's taking a proactive approach to improve the lives of children. Since its founding in 2008 by fishing buddies Jeff Martini and Ace Parker, the Martini's Hook-A-Hoo Rodeo has raised over $30,000 for the benefit of the Shriners' Hospitals. 100% of all net funds raised are donated to the Shriner's for their hospitals.
In 2011, with Jeff's and Ace's support, Joe Seegers brought a Fall tournament to North Carolina. In the same spirit as the original Spring tournament, fishermen gather for great food, camaraderie, and chase Wahoo. All while benefiting the children at the Shriners' Hospitals.
Today, the Spring and the Fall tournament have been merged. The boundaries have been expanded and additional weigh-ins have been added! Fishermen can now fish between the Swansboro Hole off North Carolina and the Georgetown Hole off South Carolina.
Fishermen compete for cash prizes for the largest Wahoo, Tuna, and Dolphin by fishing one day over a sixteen-day window. We have two weigh-ins, Wrightsville Beach and Southport, NC, and boats can fish anywhere between the Swansboro Hole and the Georgetown Hole for a chance at $10,000.00 for the largest Wahoo. With three weekends and two weeks from which to pick a fishing day, there are no more excuses of the weather being too bad to fish or having to work. Also, unlike other tournaments, you keep your catch after weigh-in!
And, the best part of all...the children of the Shriners' Hospitals win, too!