Published on Friday, 23 May 2014
Written by Allison Hovanec
Yesterday marked the 8th Annual Armed Services Combat Fishing Tournament in Seward, Alaska. The Tournament was established to give thanks to the brave young men and women of the United States Armed Services who have served our nation with honor and courage in both the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters of war. In just a few short years the ASCFT has garnered huge success and notoriety and is now considered the largest military appreciation fishing tournament in the United States.
Alaska Magazine's Senior Editor, Dave Costello, was there to capture images from the day.
Charter boats filled with active duty service members race through Resurrection Bay out of Seward, Alaska, shortly after the 6:00 a.m. start of the 8th annual Combat Fishing Tournament.
The smiling crew of Captain Bob Candopoulos’s Legend poses with their catch at the end of the 2014 Combat Fishing Tournament.
Members of the United States Armed Services swap fish and war stories while fishing off the shore of Kenai Fjords National Park.
For nearly half of soldiers on Captain Bob Candopoulos’s boat, the 8th annual Combat Fishing Tournament was their first time fishing.Captain Bob Savino of Saltwater Safari gafs a “chicken” halibut during the Combat Fishing Tournament. He and the other captains and crew members participating in the one day tournament volunteered their time and boats to take active duty Alaska-based Armed Service members out on the water. “These guys watch our back 365 days a year,” Savino said. “Figured the least we can do is take ‘em fishing for a day.”
Waiting for fish and telling jokes on Salt Water Safari’s Legend during the 8th annual Combat Fishing Tournament
Fishing stopped briefly as the soldiers spotted a lone orca swimming past the boat.
A monster Yellow Eye weighing in at 32 lbs. was the largest (of the species) caught in the 2014 tournament.
With an emphasis on fun, the Combat Fishing Tournament not only gives out awards for the biggest fish caught, but also the smallest.