1st Place - $1000
2nd Place $750
3rd Place $500
4th Place $250

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Timothy Gardner

This years proceeds will benefit Barbara’s Friends and the family of Timothy Gardner who passed away following an auto accident on January 10, 2016. Tim was a friend of many but a hero to all.  His generosity and time he spent volunteering will leave a lasting mark on our community. Tim’s lifelong joy of helping the youth of North Fort Myers will always be remembered. Read more about Timothy here.



2015 Photos

Be sure and visit our Facebook page – Ryans Redfish Challenge –  to checkout all of this years photos!

We did it again! 2015 Huge success!

Wow!!!  As always, I am grateful for the generosity of some many who help make this tournament such a huge success.  The tournament raised over $17,000 which we will be donating to Grace for Chase through Barbara’s Friends!  We had 37 boats register and our winning team, Psychobilly Fire Department, took 1st Place, with a combined total of 14.92# for two redfish.

Thank you to our title sponsors, Windward Construction and Schooner Bay Realty.  The list of sponsors continues to grow year after year, and I appreciate everyone’s support of this tournament.  Thanks again to Suncoast Beverage, SunCoast Contractor Supply, D & D, Cape Tool and Tackle, BMI, Southcoast Painting, CENO Grill, Coastline Heating and Air, Muddy Country, RumRunners, Cape Harbour, Direct Impressions, Muddy Country, Aspire Lending, Fanthoms, Blue Water, Thor Guard, R & R Sprinkler, Hot Wire, MP Electric, Tropical Cabinets, Brooke’s, Nevermind, Direct Effect, Southwest Airlines, and Grace for Chase.  And to all the local businesses that donate Raffle Prizes and Silent Auction items, you help make this the best tournament around!

A special thank you to Lisa and Chris, for sharing Chase’s story with us, and allowing the tournament to be part of your fight against childhood cancers.

11th Annual! Just no stopping us now!!!

Ok folks…so we are a little behind in the planning stages, but yes, the 11th Annual Ryan McCleskey Redfish Challenge is taking place on Saturday May 23, 2015, at Cape Harbour.  We should have more information with regards to the Captains Meeting in the upcoming week.  Registration and Sponsorship Opportunities are now available!  After surpassing the $100,000 mark last year, it is time to raise the goal…how about another $50,000!  The Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, is a piece of history in the making, and all of you are part of that!  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  See you soon!  Much thanks and appreciation…Kristin

10th Annual Tournament is the BEST EVER!

Wow!  What can I say…what a year and what a turnout for the 10th Annual Ryan McCleskey Redfish Challenge which took place on May 24, 2014.  We had 55 boats register for the event, and thanks to the generosity of all our sponsors, participants, family, friends and the community, we raised a little over $20,000!!

None of this would be possible without the help of our sponsors: The Marina at Cape Harbour, RumRunners, Twisted Conch, Windward Construction, Schooner Bay Realty, Muddy Country, Stokes Marine, Cape Tool & Tackle, Suncoast Beverage Sales, American Harvest Organic Vodka, Sun Coast Contractor Supply, Southcoast Painting, Vocal Minds, Direct Effects, Direct Impressions, BMI, ITC Service Group, CENO, Coastline Heating & Cooling, Tow Boat US Cape Coral, and MP Electric.

In addition, the countless number of businesses that donated gift certificates, services, trips, merchandise, not only for the raffle, but the silent auction, without your contributions and donations, we would never have achieved our goal of $20,000!

No need to waste any time, so the date is already set for next years tournament, May 23, 2015!

Pictures from this years tournament should be posted on the website soon, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments!

Thanks again from the bottom of my heart, for supporting Barbara’s Friends, Golisano Children’s Hospital, Grace For Chase, and of course, the memory of Ryan!


See you soon!!



Looking for a FREE ENTRY???

Hi All,

Any of you Captains looking to fish for FREE????  I have someone that would like to cover the costs of the entry fee ($250) so here two 15 year old sons can go out and fish the tournament!  They have watched over the years, and now want to participate!  Please contact me directly at 239-699-7426


Hi All,

This year the Ryan McCleskey Redfish Challenge is honoring one of our very own local super heroes, Chase Johnson, who lost his fight against TCell Leukemia on March 2, 2014.  Chase was 8 years old.  Please come out and help support our fight against childhood cancers and honor the memories of both Chase and Ryan.


Hi All,

The 10th Annual Ryan McCleskey Redfish Challenge is in OVERDRIVE!  Thank you to the support of all of our sponsors and supporters! We have over 15 sponsors that year after year are here to support us!  New sponsors include American Harvest Organic Spirit, Muddy Country Radio.com, TowBoatUS, CENO, Ford’s Garage, Stokes Marine, Pinchers, and Suncoast Painting.

Can’t wait to see you all!

The 10th Annual Ryan McCleskey Redfish Challenge

The date is set for this years 10th Annual Ryan McCleskey Redfish Challenge – May 24th, 2014 at Cape Harbour.  Stay tuned for more details and updates of the events.  Sponsorship opportunities are available for what we plan to be our best year yet!!!  Feel free to contact me if you have questions.  Go FISH!  Kristin

Ninth Annual Redfish Challenge a huge SUCCESS!!

Once again, the Ninth Annual Ryan McCleskey Redfish Challenge was a huge success!  I can not thank you enough to all our participants, sponsors, friends, and family, that make this event so successful!  We raised over $13,000 for Barbara’s Friends – The Golisano Children’s Hospital Cancer Fund, and are still hoping in the next few months to make that $15,000!  The tournament has raised close to $80,000 in 8 years!  I have no doubt the next year we can get to that $100,000 mark!  Pictures to the gallery will be posted soon.  Please feel free to contact me directly for questions, comments, suggestions, etc…on what we can do as we get ready for the TENTH ANNUAL!!!

From the bottom of my heart….THANK YOU!!!