13 September 2016
KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Jim Bokor Jr. of Buffalo, New York, earned the title of grand champion angler for the third consecutive year at the Robert James Sales S.L.A.M. Celebrity Fishing Tournament that ended Sept. 11 in the Florida Keys.

The veteran angler released five bonefish and three tarpon while fishing with Captain Richard Black of Islamorada, Florida. Although a three-species “slam” that includes permit is typically required for the win, no permit were caught during the tournament’s two fishing days so Bokor won based on his other catches.
In addition, Bokor and teammate Ron Kucinski of Buffalo took top team honors. Kucinski contributed three tarpon and two bonefish to the team’s tally and also earned the runner-up spot in the individual angler division.

Second place in the team division went to Jeff Parrish of Buffalo and Dennis Fikes of Houston, Texas, based on the catches of both team members. Fishing with Islamorada’s Captain Steve Thomas, Parrish and Fikes each released a bonefish and a tarpon.

Tournament veteran Bonnie Christ of Alexandria, Virginia, was named the top female angler after releasing seven bonefish. Guided by Captain Dave Denkert of Islamorada, she also earned the award for the most bonefish releases.

Celebrity grand champion was former Denver Broncos football player Mark Cooper. Cooper released four bonefish and two tarpon fishing with Islamorada’s Captain Dale Perez.

The S.L.A.M. drew 13 teams that collectively released 34 bonefish and 16 tarpon.

The tournament is part of an annual Florida Keys trilogy of Redbone challenges that raises money for cystic fibrosis treatment and research. The trilogy continues with the Baybone Celebrity Tournament Oct. 7-9 in Key Largo, Florida, and the Redbone Celebrity Tournament Nov. 4-6 in Islamorada. 

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