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.


The 16th 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 sixteenth consecutive year, the Brett T. Bailey Foundation raised money for various local charities. Despite a poor weather forecast twenty seven boats participated and the weather ended up cooperating for those who sailed.

The fishing was very good especially with multiple large makos and threshers weighed over the course of the day and hundreds of sharks caught and released. The Foundation paid out over $19,000 in prize money. The winning Mako weighed in at 269lbs and was boated by Chris Mikulicz and the crew of the ‘Step Up.’ The winning 353lb Thresher was landed by Captain Jared Polick who was aboard the ‘Fin-Ominal.’ Several other makos were weighed including a 226 by tournament regular Marc Lavery aboard Capt. Bernie Roth’s ‘Tenacious,’ a 216 by ‘Lovin Life’ and a 210 by the ‘Big Boy’ who also won the calcutta for the first mako of the day. The thresher results were similarly impressive but also not surprising from a tournament roster that consistently puts up big numbers year over year. ‘Tin Knocker’ brought in a 306, ‘Andiamo’ a 290 and ‘Andrea’s Toy’ a 226.

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 supporters 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.
About the BTB Foundation:
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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