The 2018 Flounder Pounder Tournament started as a task of Love and Passion....


Saturday, October 20, marks the 9th annual Flounder Pounder Tournament starting out of the Beaches Marina area. 

Chip Davis chose to create this tournament out of a desire to create a better quality fishing tournament, and for the love of his son. Chip's son has Autism. Autism is a Developmental Spectrum Disorder that affects more and more children every year - almost 1 in 59 children

The word spectrum refers to the range of severity of their symptoms according to WebMD. Because of the issues with social skills and the attention required to teach children with Autism, Chip had to send send his son the the Jacksonville School for Autism, and that is what created the spark needed to start the Flounder Pounder Tournament

Saturday, October 20, marks the 9th annual Flounder Pounder Tournament starting out of the Beaches Marina area.

Chip Davis chose to create this tournament out of a desire to create a better quality fishing tournament, and for the love of his son.

Every year the money earned from this tournament will be donated to the Jacksonville School for Autism.

Chip Davis always had a love for fishing and was actually quite good at it. He had won several fishing tournaments himself, including the Redfish Tour Championship in 2000.

Always wanting to create a higher quality tournament experience after accepting a pretty large prize payout in an empty grass field at one tournament, Chip could see a lack in high quality venues holding the actual events. He decided to start the Flounder Pounder Tournament in 2010 with some much needed help from Troy Hutto, one of the original founders of the Salt Life Franchise.

It was mostly direction, as Salt Life was relatively new, and Chip had to rely on some other small businesses in the Jacksonville area.

The first tournament was rigged up in 6 weeks and actually netted $9000 for the Jacksonville School for Autism. Quite a catch for a first attempt.

The 9th annual Flounder Pounder Tournament has over 160 boats competing, and will net over $85,000 to help kids with Autism have a focused environment to learn and grow in Jacksonville. 

This tournament has survived some tough times growing up, but even after stretching long hours, Chip was always able to count on the support of local businesses to step up and help fund the event for this cause. 

Today their are over 65 small and local businesses that help support the Flounder Pounder Tournament. 

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