BY: Lori Griffith- Oct. 26th  

The 4th Annual Chase N’ Tailz fishing tournament took place Sept. 30, after being rescheduled due to Hurricane Irma.

The hugely popular and prestigious tournament was created by Jay and Summer Warren in their son Chase’ name after losing him at 10 months old to Gaucher Type 2 Disease.

Through Chase N’ Tailz, the Warrens have helped numerous children and funded critical research, creating an everlasting legacy in Chase’s name.

'An amazing little boy '

"Chase was an amazing little boy that will forever be our love story and inspiration. He was courageous, funny and so very sweet. He would light up the room with his gummy smile and wild laugh!" Summer Warren said.

"Chase died at 10 months old — Aug 7, 2013 — from Gaucher Type 2 — we did not receive a diagnosis until two days after he died — a fatal neurological disease similar to ALS except in infants.

"There is no treatment or cure, fatal by age two. Children start to lose all their abilities, muscle tone, vision, hearing, bones start to form abnormalities and eventually the ability to breathe. Gaucher Type 2 is cunning and deadly in every single case. It is a parent's worst nightmare," Warren said.

"Creating Chase N’ Tailz ensures Chase will never be forgotten."

[caption id="attachment_8335" align="alignnone" width="499"] Mike Edwards, Lonnie Gordon and Jeremy Lund of Team: New Wave Kitboarding (Photo: LORI GRIFFITH/SPECIAL TO THE COURIER NEWSWEEKLY)[/caption]

Q/A with Summer Warren:

"Chase N’ Tailz has grown to be one of the best tournaments in Florida. How does that feel?

"We couldn't be more proud of our tournament's success and the communities support. Our team works ten months out of the year to bring one of the best tournaments in the southeast. We go above and beyond to make sure Chase N’ Tailz stands out from the rest, from our food to our trophies. We have teams that have never fished a tournament to professionals, and each year they both are on the leader board.

"Our goal has always been to create a fun, competitive tournament where teams create lasting memories while raising funds for local children's charities in Chase's memory. A grieving parent's worst fear is their child will be forgotten, Chase N’ Tailz ensures that will never happen while helping so many other families."

  [caption id="attachment_8336" align="alignnone" width="469"] Bob Strawbecker, Bobby Redmond, Danny Cecilia and Chuck took part. (Photo: LORI GRIFFITH/SPECIAL TO THE COURIER NEWSWEEKLY)[/caption]
This is your second year at Harbourside Place due to outgrowing the beautiful Guanabanas, how is the new venue?

"Harbourside Place has been nothing short of amazing to work with. They are extremely accommodating, easy to work with and very generous. It’s gorgeous, spacious and has all the aspects we look for in a venue. We couldn't be happier with our relationship with them."

Hurricane Irma cancelled the original date of your tournament, did that affect turnout?

"Hurricane Irma certainly threw a wrench in things, but how can we complain when so many others have lost so much?

"Rescheduling a large event with so many moving parts is quite a feat but Harbourside, Tommy Bahama, Calaveras Cantina and The Wyndham Grand made it as smooth as possible. Some teams weren't able to fish our new dates while it gave other new teams time to register. All in all we are very proud of our turnout of 140 boats."

Chase N’ Tailz is not only a fishing tournament, but an end of summer festival with something for everyone. How did that all transpire?

"We wanted children, wives and families to enjoy our tournament without having to fish it. We have a water slide, games, face painting, vendors, car show, food, drinks, music and our tournament weigh-in live on stage.

"The kids love it!"

[caption id="attachment_8337" align="alignnone" width="451"] The hugely popular and prestigious Chase N' Tailz tournament was created by Jay, pictured, and Summer Warren in their son Chase’ name after losing him at 10 months old to Gaucher Type 2 Disease. (Photo: LORI GRIFFITH/SPECIAL TO THE COURIER NEWSWEEKLY)[/caption]
What’s next for Chase N’ Tailz?

"We are very excited for next year and our future.

"We will be changing our structure next year by working with local agencies and nonprofits to find three local families that we can donate directly to. We want to relieve their financial stress, buy any medical devices necessary or send them on a much needed vacation. Stay tuned because its going to be amazing!

"This year we were blown away by our teams generosity! We had four teams donate their winnings back to Chase N’ Tailz, which shows just how much they really believe in our cause."

[caption id="attachment_8338" align="alignnone" width="477"] Chris Thomas, Quinn Thomas and James Frank (Photo: LORI GRIFFITH/SPECIAL TO THE COURIER NEWSWEEKLY)[/caption]
Chase N'Tailz KDW results:

1st Place Heaviest Fish: 42.9lb Wahoo Team Young Guns - $5,000, Trophy, Entry into 2018 Tournament 2nd Place Heaviest Fish: 33.4lb Wahoo Team Strictly Fishing - $2,500, Trophy, Entry into 2018 Tournament 3rd Place Heaviest Fish: 33.3lb Kingfish Team Le-Mieux /Danco - $1,500 and Trophy

1st Place Kingfish: 32.8 lbs. Team Five O - $1,000 2nd Place Kingfish: 30.5 lbs. Team Reel’em In II - $500 3rd Place Kingfish: 26.1 lbs. Team Tuppens- $350 4th Place Kingfish: 28.1 lbs Team Lost Boys - $100

1st Place Wahoo: 29lbs Team Zele Huber- $1,000 2nd Place Wahoo:26lbs Team Baracuda Brooker- $500 3rd Place Wahoo: 23.7lbs Team Freaky Sabiki- $350 4th Place Wahoo: 19.9lbs Team Right Hook - $100

[caption id="attachment_8339" align="alignnone" width="460"] Kyan Sauerman of Nauti Bottles (Photo: LORI GRIFFITH/SPECIAL TO THE COURIER NEWSWEEKLY)[/caption]

1st Place Dolphin: 17.5 lbs Team Linex- $1,000 2nd Place Dolphin:15.9lbs Team Double Down- $500 3rd Place Dolphin 15.1lbs Knot Scared- $350 4th Place Dolphin:15.0lbs Corks Crew- $100

1st Place Lady Angler: 22.4lbs Team Reel’em In II - Chasentailz Fish Bag, Prize Pack 2nd Place Lady Angler: 20.8 Team Mac Daddy- Prize Pack

1st Place Junior Angler:13.5 lbs Team Lock it Down- Fish Bag, Tuppens giftcard, Trophy 2nd Place Junior Angler:13.2lbs Team Tuppens- Fish Bag, Tuppens gift card

[caption id="attachment_8340" align="alignnone" width="436"] Summer Warren, pictured, says, "Chase was an amazing little boy that will forever be our love story and inspiration. He was courageous, funny and so very sweet. He would light up the room with his gummy smile and wild laugh!" (Photo: LORI GRIFFITH/SPECIAL TO THE COURIER NEWSWEEKLY)[/caption]

1st Place Small Boat (under 400HP): 30.7lbs Team Holdem Hook- $1,100 2nd Place Small Boat: 29.7lbs Frustrated Amateurs $500

Heaviest Snapper: 7.9lbs Team Five O- Engel Cooler Heaviest Bonita: 11.6 lbs Team Knot Scared- Engel Cooler

Calcutta: Heaviest KDW: 33.4lb Wahoo Team Strictly Fishing - $5,000 3 Fish Aggregate: 64.3lbs Team Tuppens - $2,700 50/30/20: 42.9lb Wahoo Team Young Guns $1,460 33.4lb Wahoo Team Strictly Fishing- $780 33.3lb Kingfish Team Le-Mieux /Danco- $660

  [caption id="attachment_8341" align="alignnone" width="447"] Summer Warren, center, with some of her team of volunteers (Photo: LORI GRIFFITH/SPECIAL TO THE COURIER NEWSWEEKLY)[/caption]

BY: Bill DiPalo- Sept. 11
Hunkered around the bar Saturday night at Harbourside Place, the crowd cheered when the television weatherman announced Hurricane Irma was skirting around Palm Beach County.
Not Jerry Caputo.
“I did all the brick work on my house. I poured my heart and soul into it. The water is going to surge to my ceiling. Those people were happy. I just kept quiet,”said the bearded 61-year-old Key West resident, scuba diver and teacher.
Mixed emotions — from skyscraping joy to deep sadness — were on the menu this weekend at the Wyndham Grand Hotel as guests awaited their fate from Hurricane Irma.
At the bar, in the elevators, at the free popcorn stand in the lobby, the storm united strangers.
Irma was a matchmaker, hooking up people who entered the hotel figuring they had nothing in common.
What everybody shared was not knowing what was their future. And that not knowing brought them together.
Strangers played cards together at tables. They exchanges stories — and really listened to each other — as they shared why they were there. Couples cuddled on the couch as they watched free movies in the lobby. Guests cheerfully walked up and down the stairs of the five-story hotel after the elevators were shut down for safety.
“Hurricane Harvey happened. Now Hurricane Irma. Things have been so negative. Events like these bring us together,” said Chad Van Boven, a Jupiter resident who was staying at the hotel with his family and friends.
The hotel workers shared in the togetherness.
Irma forced many employees to leave, and only about 20 remained of the usual 60-member crew. But they made the best of it.
“We’re a family. We are going to get through this together,” said hotel employee Elis Alarton, 37, who was staying at the hotel with her 15-year-old daughter, Nicole.
Fellow hotel worker Amine Kais nodded in agreement. The Abacoa resident, 32, was alone after his wife and 9-month-old daughter fled Irma by driving to be with family in Atlanta.
“One of our employees jumped right in to help another, even though his shift was over. I’ve gotten to know the guests. We all are a little fearful. It’s bringing us together,” Kais said.
The 179-room hotel, built on the east side of the Intracoastal Waterway, was built to withstand a catagory five storm, said Harbourside Place and hotel owner Nick Mastroianni. The lights flickered a few times in the Wyndham Grand over the weekend, but there were no power outages.
Hotel manager Matt Boris said he was trying extra hard to make a good impression on the guests. Many were locals making their first visit to the three-year-old hotel.
Dogs - normally forbidden — were allowed. Employees and their families stayed for free for the duration of Irma. Boris asked them to be extra nice.
“This is a chance to win customers for life,” Boris said.
On Saturday night, Caputo and his friend, Lorie Welsh, sat at a lobby table playing cards. They had driven seven long hours from Key West. Images from the television over the bar showed Irma zeroing in on their homes.
Caputo held out his cellphone. The image sent from his friend showed an overflowing canal and fallen trees in his neighborhood. The message read: “The air has sucked the breath right out of my lungs.”
Meanwhile, a group of jolly locals were bragging about how they had dodged a bullet.
But resentment wasn’t on the mind of Welsh and Caputo.
“I’ve been through several hurricanes. I had a bad feeling about this one. But you know, big house, little house — in the end we’re all the same,” said Welsh, 63, who works for an author in Key West.