The ultimate Block Island trip for the troops auction

The cause: This trip will go to the highest bidder and will be to raise money for the Home Base Program , to help soldiers and veterans suffering from traumatic brain injuries suffered from their service in Iraq and Afghanistan. The winning donation will be made DIRECTLY to the organization at Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program and will be a 100% tax deductible charitable donation for the highest bidder.

Dates & Location: June 13th – 15th Block Island, RI. Details: Three day, two night, fully guided surfcasting trip for one person. (Must be 18 to bid) Note: If bidding surpasses the $1000.00 mark this trip will become a 4 day three night trip for the winning bidder.
Just fishing beneath the bluffs on Block Island will have you instantly hooked. Whether you’re a hardcore wetsuiter or like staying dry in your waders this trip will be something you remember forever. Lodging will be in an Island style home that sleeps 8. Amenities are not really important because you will be fishing long nights and sleeping during the day. Rest up and expect to be fully exhausted at the end of this trip. There will be plenty of food and you are not expected to bring anything except your fishing gear, a well rested body and a great attitude. You will not need a vehicle on the island. If you plan to bring a vehicle reservations must be made ASAP with the Block Island Ferry once bidding closes and you will be responsible for ferry cost. The trip –
The Commando Pro Staff will pre-fish the island for 4 nights prior to your arrival. They will have a full report and offer you choices of where to fish depending on your fishing style or what you’re comfortable with. You will fish many of the big fish spots that are known and some that have never been heard of. If you want to fish plugs, eels (available on the Island), jigs or tins it’s up to you. This is your trip enjoy it. This will be a great opportunity to ask questions, hear some stories, learn some history and even take a chance at putting a fish on the board in the Pabst Blue Ribbon Tournament which coincides with this trip. Total Guides combined experience of over 100 years of fishing Block Island.
Guided by: Tom White – Commando Surfcasting Pete Lajoie – Commando Pro Staff, RH Custom Rods Pro Staff Guest Guides Gary Soldati – Big Water Lures (tbd) Pat Abate – Rivers End Tackle (tbd) Dennis Zambrotta – Author (14th-15th)
The winning bidder will be responsible to get himself to and from Block Island, his own fishing equipment and any other incidental expenses he incurs. Donation to RTHB must be within 3 days of auction closing.
Additional: Joebaggs Bucktails just donated a 6 pack of bucktails to the winner. 3- 1oz in red,wht, and black and 3-1.5oz in the same colors.
Bidding will end April 30
Disclaimer: Commando Surfcasting and all other parties involved assume no risk or liability for any personal injury, death, equipment loss or failure. You will also be responsible to sign a release prior any activity.

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8 comments on “The ultimate Block Island trip for the troops auction

  1. Tom @ Commando

    First, I want to Thank Surfcasters Journal for all their support on this and in the past.

    I have personally invested a lot of time and effort into putting together something inceredible for a great cause. This of course is to raise money but I WILL NOT fall short of providing one of the most incredible Block Trips for the winning bidder. I am no stranger to Block.

    This trip will be LONG NIGHTS of serious fishing standing in spots that have been gifted with big fish in the past. Who else to show you those spots, the guys who caught them there.

    This is an opportunity that should not be passed up.

    I sincerely appreciate all the support for Run To home Base as well.

  2. Dennis

    Great cause, I hope you get some high bids. If I could afford it I would put a nice one in that’s for sure. I will hit that link and try to donate a few dollars. If you have a link for that please put it up, I would like to give something.

  3. Aram

    I want to thank the sponsors, guides and the bidders too. What a tremendous idea and cause. Great job, Tom! Really cool idea. I’m seeing this event 10 years from now with a serious following.

    I’m over budget as it is (DTR about to start college in Sept.–yikes) and the bidding is out of my league–which is a good thing for this worthy cause. I commend you all. I’ll make a donation and start saving for next year’s event. An opportunity to fish Block with these legends of the sport would be an incredible experience.

    An early congratulations to the winner.

    BTW–Tom knows his way around the kitchen, so I’m guessing the chow will be good too.

    Nice job, boys!


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