Combat Fishing Tournament

10th Annual Armed Services Combat Fishing Tournament

Monday, April 12th, 2016
By: LeSea Charters

CFT-Logo-230x200Each Year, the Armed Services YMCA of Alaska and the Seward Charter Fleet donate fishing trips to eligible Veterans in Alaska. LeSea Charters is proud to again be part of the wonderful event! Festivities Kickoff at the Seward Small Boat Harbor Thursday, May 26th, 2016. Register Here or view the info below. Online registration opens April 26th.

Not a Veteran but would like a chance to fish along side our brave service men and women? You can bid on a seat Thursday, April 21st, 2016  at the Hard Rock Cafe in Anchorage. Dozens of great items are up for auction and help benefit the Combat Fishing Tournament,  the Armed Service YMCA of Alaska and the hundreds of military families they service.

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Download the 2016 registration form here!


9th Armed Services Combat Fishing Crew

Last Year’s 9th Armed Services Combat Fishing Crew, 2015

Combat Fishing Tournament

Combat Fishing Tournament

2015  Armed Services Combat Tournament
May 20, 2015

LeSea Charters is proud to announce our participation in the 9th Annual Armed Services Combat Fishing Tournament. The dates have been set and Volunteers are needed!

For More Info or Sign Up:

2014 Tournament, The Honor Continues
LeSea Charters is Honored to be part of the Annual Alaska Armed Services YMCA Combat Fishing Tournament. In it’s eighth year, the Combat Fishing Tournament has taken thousands of active duty military fishing. A Huge ‘Thanks’ to our Service Men & Women!

2013 Tournament, Another Fish in the Basket
Thursday, May 23rd, 2013  Updated: 4:06pm
Seward, Alaska

     As the early morning light drifts over the mountains mixed with hazy clouds, captains quench their thirst with a caffeinated beverage or two. Resurrection Bay stands calm awaiting the wakes of dozens of boats. On the highway, bus loads of soldiers and volunteers head towards the Seward Small Boat Harbor anxious to embark on what has become a well anticipated event. In the fishing town of Seward, Alaska, the 7th Annual Armed Services Combat Fishing Tournament gives soldiers of recent foreign wars a chance to enjoy some R&R at the best tourist destination in the world. Soldiers shed their uniforms for hoodies, jackets and fishing poles while competing in a friendly competition to see who lands the biggest barn-door halibut. Several fish in the past weighing over hundred pounds.

Combat FIshing Tournament

Combat Fishing Tournament 2012

    Started by Bob Candopoulos and Keith Manternach in 2006, the event has taken over 1000 soldier fishing and given away ten of thousands of dollars in cash and prizes. Co-sponsored by the Armed Services YMCA of Alaska, the event hosts numerous fundraisers and receives much community support.  After the the boats return to port, fish are weighed and the score board goes up. Following the weigh-in, Seward’s American Legion Post 5 hosts a dinner event where cash and prizes are given to tournament winners, captains and participants alike. The amazing event has been thoroughly enjoyed by all including the captain and charter boat owners who wish to give back to the veterans who have given so much.

“We can’t thank them enough for what they do for us and our country. We’re very happy to be a part of this event and let soldiers know they are appreciated.” Alicia Busick, LeSea Charters.

Update: Captain & crew (5 soldiers) aboard the ELEU have returned with limits of halibut! Great job guys!!!

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