On September 11, 2001, Brett Bailey was taken from us, but his spirit, passion, and his eternal pursuit of a good time live on, especially chasing BIG FISH! Anglers, family and children join us in celebrating Brett’s life, and support those who need our help.


Over the last 16 years the Foundation, with the support of our sponsors, donors, local partners and the fishing community has raised over $550,000 for military families, underprivileged children and families who needed assistance after Hurricane Sandy.

The 17th ANNUAL BTB MAKO RODEO was held at Hoffman’s Marina in Brielle, NJ this weekend in honor of Brett T. Bailey, an avid fisherman lost on September 11, 2001. For the SEVENTEENTH consecutive year, the Brett T. Bailey Foundation raised money for various local charities and this year paid out over $22,000 in prize money.

The fishing was good overall with multiple large Makos and Threshers released. The winning Mako was a tournament record smashing the old record of 401 lbs. The winning fish weighed in at 729 lbs and was boated by Dave Dinicola and the crew of the ‘Nor’Easter.’ The winning 206lb Thresher was landed by the Bob Manetta and crew aboard the ‘Tra-Sea Ann.’ The First Mako Calcutta was won by tournament regular Capt. Jared Polick aboard the ‘Finominal.,’ This year a Bluefin Calcutta was added and won by Tom Britt and his crew aboard the ‘Lucky Strike.’

The Foundation would like to thank the Grafas Family and everyone at Hoffman’s Marina for their efforts, hospitality and support as well as all of our sponsors and the people that participated in this weekend’s festivities. The turnout for the awards ceremony Saturday night was amazing as was the energy shown by all of our supporter who enjoyed the day at Hoffman’s. All of the money we raised will hopefully make a difference in the lives of the many worthy charities we work with including Team Red, White and Blue – For information on next year’s tournament or how you can help the Brett T. Bailey Foundation, please contact Art DellaSalla at 212.945.8704.

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Working with charities that align with Brett’s spirit, portion of entry fees and proceeds support efforts to better lives of people that need our help. Your donations are tax deductible.

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