Fishing for Dreams 16th Annual Tournament will be held on April 7th, 2018.


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2017 – Dream Child Jackson

Jackson was diagnosed with Type I spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) at the age of 3 months. Spinal Muscular Atrophy is a disease that robs people of physical strength by affecting the motor nerve cells in the Spinal Cord, taking away the ability to walk, eat, or breathe. It is the number one genetic killer of children under the age of 2.

When Jackson was six months old he was accepted into a clinical trial at Nemours in Orlando. Jackson’s mom and dad, Heath and Jammie, were faced with the decision to move from Michigan to Florida and only had an hour to decide if they were willing to move to Florida. With the help of Jammie’s Aunts and Uncles in Florida they packed up their car, Jackson and also Jackson’s big brother Ty and left Michigan two days later.

Jackson has been in the clinical trial since July 1, 2014. Jackson is 18 out of 20 children in the country to receive this groundbreaking drug in Phase 2 of Clinical trial. The trial consists of spinal injections every four months. On December 23, 2016 Spinraza was officially FDA approved! This is the first ever treatment for SMA!

Today, three years later Jackson is thriving! 90% of children with Type I SMA do not live to see their 2nd birthday and December 6, 2016 Jackson turned 3! Words cannot express how grateful we are to be blessed with Jackson and all the opportunities we have had to give Jackson a chance at life.

Fishing for Dreams Tournament 2017 Winners


Red Bass

Spotted Seatrout


1st Jonathan Thomas 6.91 lbs. Jimmy Colvin 6.00 lbs. Todd Loveday 3.99 lbs.
2nd  Patty Wilson 6.54 lbs.  JB Stansel 4.69 lbs.  Benny Nelson 3.52 lbs.
3rd  Mike Colee 6.43 lbs.  Jimmy Stansel 4.03 lbs.  Chase Banks 2.88 lbs.
4th  Drew Hernandez 6.36 lbs.  James Masters 2.18 lbs.  Casey Pacetti 2.30 lbs.
5th  James Owens 6.25 lbs.  Doug Masters 1.94 lbs.  Ereck Brown 2.26 lbs.
Bass with Most Spots – Ryan McBride – 6 spots


Fishing for Dreams Tournament Record Holders (as of 2012)

Red Bass David Edwards 8.69 LBS. 2008
Spotted Seatrout Michael McQuaig 7.39 LBS. 2009
Flounder Scott Shank 6.46 LBS. 2008


Established in 2003, FFD is a non-profit charitable organization who supports local children with life threatening medical conditions and families with special needs.A group of folks who love to fish were holding tournaments just for fun but decided to fish for a cause. Thus, FFD was established.

An inshore invitational tournament is FFD’s major yearly fundraiser. This years tournament will be held on April 29th. Categories for fish are: Red bass, spotted seatrout and flounder. The evening before fishing commences, the event kicks off with a pizza social followed by the introduction of our Dream Family. The angler meeting and raffle follow. Fishing begins the next morning and continues until 4 p.m. Following the weigh-in, the tournament concludes with an awards ceremony.

Print Children are referred to FFD by Community PedsCare. Community PedsCare is a pediatric palliative and hospice program for children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. A program of Community Hospice of Northeast Florida in collaboration with Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Nemours Children’s Clinic and the University of Florida-Jacksonville, Community PedsCare offers support, comfort and care to these children and their families. FFD is an all volunteer organization.