Boats line up for the shotgun start of the Vonderau Slam at Dunedin Causeway June 28.
DUNEDIN – Twenty-four boats participated in the second annual Vonderau Slam Fishing Tournament June 27-28, which raised more than $3,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County.
The tournament honors the memory of Matthew Vonderau, an avid fisherman and newlywed father of an infant son who was killed in a car accident.
“Bringing our family, friends and our son, Kaden, together to be a part of Matt’s greatest passion while giving back to our community means the world to me ... I want to make him proud,” said his widow Lauren Vonderau of Palm Harbor.
The event kicked off with a captain’s dinner at Ozona Blue Grilling Co. in Palm Harbor June 27. In silent auction after the dinner, participants bid on 15 different gift packages, including fishing gear, a Hyatt vacation stay, gas cards, restaurant gift cards, tickets to local upcoming events and more. All auction proceeds went to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County
The tournament began the next day on the Dunedin Causeway, with fishermen vying for the biggest snook, trout and redfish or (slam) of the day. The tournament paid out $6,000 in cash prizes across all divisions.
Lauren Vonderau said the annual event will continue.
“By hosting the Vonderau Slam annually dedicated to a local charity, I hope to continue celebrating a man that touched so many hearts and was loved by all,” she explained.