Red snapper fishing tournament winners announced


The second annual Oh Snap! Red Snapper Fishing Tournament concluded with a multitude of local anglers participating in the two-day tournament that coincided with the NOAA Fisheries recreational Atlantic red snapper season.

Participants from five counties across Northeast Florida joined their friends and families on the water to reel in the biggest fish while raising funds for two area nonprofits on July 8-9. 

This year’s tournament brought new winners in all three categories, crowned during the award ceremony on July 10. Main tournament champion Kris Nowicki took home the top prize of $5,000, a large trophy and bragging rights for the year, with a snapper weighing in at 21.06 pounds.

Other winners included: 

Main Tournament Category

  • First place: Kris Nowicki, 21.06
  • Second place: Mike Kistner, 20.14
  • Third place: Louis Joseph, 20.14

Lady Angler Category

  • First place: Sarah-Ashley Ferencz, 19.76
  • Second place: Jenna Williams, 18.6
  • Third place: Melissa Russell, 17.76

Junior Angler Category

  • First place: Morgan Brown, 19.88
  • Second place: Louie Joseph, 18.72
  • Third place: Logan Aprile, 16.76

Mystery Weight Category

  • Team Just Us, Kris Nowicki 

“We had a great turnout for our second annual tournament,” said Dave Berg, Oh Snap! Fishing Tournament director. “It’s always a great time to see friends and family enjoying our local waters together with some friendly competition thrown in. We are thankful for all the anglers who participated and helped us make a difference in our community. We are already looking forward to next year’s competition –– we hope to see you there.” 

The charitable tournament, which debuted last year in alignment with the limited recreational Atlantic red snapper fishing season, raised money for two local nonprofits, Dreams Come True and the Jacksonville School for Autism.

The third annual tournament is scheduled for July 8, 2023; registration will open in January.

For more information about the Oh Snap! Red Snapper Fishing Tournament go to 


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