"To Catch the Cure" for Cystic Fibrosis

Life-long fishing guide Gary Ellis and his wife Susan, when faced with the news that their infant daughter Nicole had been diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis vowed to commit their lives to finding a cure for CF by engaging the fishing community and raising millions of dollars. In collaboration with the CF Foundation, Gary and Susan created the Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series, which over the years has raised over 10 million dollars for CF research and is now attended by a “who’s who” ofpopular sports and entertainment stars, musicians and past presidents.

Gary didn’t stop there; 17 years ago he partnered with Big Game International and lent his expertise to help develop the best value in saltwater fishing — the Redbone® rod series. A portion of the sales of each Redbone® rod goes to benefit CF research and the high quality and great value of the Redbone® rod series has helped it become the go-to choice for charter boat captains and avid salt water anglers alike.     

To date, sales of Redbone® rods have raised almost $400,000 toward CF research.

When interviewed at a recent Redbone Celebrity Tournament in Montauk, NY, Gary said, “There’s something about fisherman — they’re tenacious, they love a challenge — and what’s better than being able to fish and help save a young life at the same time — it doesn’t get any better.” From one small tournament in Islamorada in the Florida Keys, the Redbone Celebrity Tournament
has now grown into 25 tournaments spanning both coasts of the US, Mexico and the Bahamas. For more information about the Redbone Celebrity Tournaments please visit www.redbone.org.


At this year’s annual banquet at the IGFA (International Game Fish Association) Hall of Fame in Dania Beach, Florida, Ellis was inducted at the IGFA’s Fourth Annual Legendary Captains & Crews Awards Ceremony receiving the Tommy Gifford Award, along with several other captains from the US, Australia and Puerto Rico. The award is presented to seafarers who have made a mark across the world by their contributions to sport fishing through invention, outstanding catch or catches or by having set an extraordinary example of their recreational angling trade.