The Crosthwait Memorial Fishing Tournament has a long history of giving back to our local community. In keeping with the founding tournament, only amateur fisherman may participate. Winning anglers are awarded with trophies, cash, and prizes solely derived from their entry fees. Charitable funds directed back to the local community are derived from sponsors, advertisers, and gifts.

Proudly, the Crosthwait has donated over $150,000 back to the community over the last 10 years. Whether through providing scholarships to support the education of local young anglers, supporting the Marine Mechanics Program at Manatee Technical College and the Fish and Game Association, the Crosthwait Committee is proud of our philanthropic mission and continued support of our local community.

Educational Scholarships

The Crosthwait Memorial Fishing Tournament has elected as its primary charity to provide available funds to assist individuals who fish in the event that are in need of financial assistance for higher education or training beyond High School.

Applications will be reviewed on an individual basis for individuals fishing this year’s tournament who request funds for use during this calendar year. This is a one time gift from the Crosthwait. The availability of funds each year may vary.

The information provided on the application, grade transcript (or equivalent) and accompanying letter are the sole factors used in determining a limited number of available scholarship gifts.

Download the application here!

Project Healing Waters

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings.

On the Saturday of the tournament, the committee hosts a group of veterans, many volunteers and volunteer captains and to breakfast, a fishing trip and lunch.  The event is paid for by the generous members of the Bradenton Yacht Club.

METV Public Service Announcements

For the eighth year, Manatee County High School media departments were invited to participate in a competition to create a public service announcement for television advertising the Crosthwait Memorial Fishing Tournament. The winning school was awarded $500 for their thirty-second PSA and has been aired more than 700 times. 

2019 Winners 

1st Place: Southeast High School, Student: Briana Kendzior.  Media Instructor: Amanda Clark