Sol Margin Fishing & Conservation Foundation

Sol Margin Fishing & Conservation Foundation

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Four years ago, for his birthday, Sam Baker wanted to do something different than a traditional party so he challenged his buddies to catch a slam in one day (a trout, a red fish, and a flounder). Afterwards, whatever they caught was served up in a celebratory fish fry with friends and family. What was supposed to be a few friends competing and claiming bragging rights has now grown into an annual event with proceeds benefiting The Boy Scouts of America, North Florida Council.

For the past three years, Sam has hosted a Boys Scouts Merit Badge Blitz Day occurring simultaneously with the Bigg Sam Slam Fishing Tournament. The Merit Badge Blitz Day is a daily event where over 100 Scouts arrive at Camp Echockotee to attend classes throughout the day working on badges for First Aide, Emergency Preparedness, Golf, and of course, Fishing! While the Scouts are busy checking off badge requirements, anglers from all over North Florida and South Georgia are off competing in a unique inshore in-slot tournament working hard to catch the coveted Bigg Sam Slam! Anglers record catches using the iAngler App. Being an inshore, in-slot tournament using an app is pretty special but what really makes it one-of-a-kind is that at the end of the fishing tournament anglers return to the camp, greeted by the Boys Scouts who then cheer them on as the Tournament Awards are presented.

This Blitz/Tournament event inspired Sam to create the Sol Margin Fishing and Conservation Foundation. This is a non-profit that aims to educate the community and fellow anglers about habitat and wildlife conservation, as well as safe angling techniques. Being a 501(c)(3) organization allows Mr. Baker the opportunity to apply for government grants and partner with other like-minded organizations. For example, Fish Florida has donated rods and reels to be given to any Scout that attends the Fishing Merit Badge class, free of charge. Additionally, the foundation works with GTM Research Reserve to build new oyster reefs that will help preserve the estuaries in the Intercostal Waterway. Through these types of partnerships, Sol Margin Fishing Conservation Foundation hopes to continue to spread Sam’s love of fishing to new anglers while working on conservation efforts to preserve the environment for generations to come.

If you share Sam’s love of fishing, consider applying to become a SMFCF Ambassador. Additionally, details about the Bigg Sam Slam Tournament and Merit Badge Blitz Day can all be found on the organization’s website: www.solmarginfishing.org


Upcoming Tournaments
All tournaments are finished.
Past Tournaments
Date 04/27/2019 to 04/27/2019
Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Date 04/28/2018 to 04/28/2018
St. Johns River Base at Echockotee, Doctors Lake Drive, Orange Park, FL, United States
Date 04/29/2017 to 04/29/2017
St. Johns River Base at Echockotee, Doctors Lake Drive, Orange Park, FL, United States
Date 04/30/2016 to 04/30/2016
St. Johns River Base at Echockotee, Doctors Lake Drive, Orange Park, FL, United States
Top Anglers
Here are the Stars of this series along with the number of fish they caught in previous tournaments
  Craig Van Brocklin
9 Fish
Points 117.15
Tournaments 3
Reece Davis
5 Fish
Points 58.50
Tournaments 1
  Conner Liebal
3 Fish
Points 55.00
Tournaments 1
  Hunter Manucy
3 Fish
Points 50.75
Tournaments 1
  Brice Butrimas
3 Fish
Points 44.00
Tournaments 2
Cory Gurman
2 Fish
Points 40.50
Tournaments 1
Wesley Kenton
3 Fish
Points 37.50
Tournaments 1
  Brad Smith
4 Fish
Points 32.50
Tournaments 1
  Michael OBRien
2 Fish
Points 27.50
Tournaments 1
  Mike McGeehan
2 Fish
Points 26.00
Tournaments 1
  Michael Cowles
1 Fish
Points 21.25
Tournaments 1
Bryce Duffy
3 Fish
Points 18.50
Tournaments 1
  Bryan Hand
1 Fish
Points 17.25
Tournaments 3
  ARNOLD ATON
1 Fish
Points 13.50
Tournaments 1
  Jesse Walker
3 Fish
Points 13.50
Tournaments 1
  Sam Baker
2 Fish
Points 13.00
Tournaments 1
  Davis Houk
0 Fish
Points 0.00
Tournaments 1
  Emma Hand
0 Fish
Points 0.00
Tournaments 1
  Michael Lewis
0 Fish
Points 0.00
Tournaments 1
Donya Davis
0 Fish
Points 0.00
Tournaments 1
  Connor Brannen
0 Fish
Points 0.00
Tournaments 1