SOL MARGIN FISHING & CONSERVATION FOUNDATION
We're a nonprofit who aims to educate the community and fellow anglers about habitat & wildlife conservation.
Four years ago, for his birthday, Sam Baker wanted to do something different than a traditional party so he challenged his buddies to catch a slam in one day (a trout, a red fish, and a flounder). Afterwards, whatever they caught was served up in a celebratory fish fry with friends and family. What was supposed to be a few friends competing and claiming bragging rights has now grown into an annual event with proceeds benefiting The Boy Scouts of America, North Florida Council. For the past three years, Sam has hosted a Boys Scouts Merit Badge Blitz Day occurring simultaneously with the Bigg Sam Slam Fishing Tournament. The Merit Badge Blitz Day is a daily event where over 100 Scouts arrive at Camp Echockotee to attend classes throughout the day working on badges for First Aid, Emergency Preparedness, Golf, and of course, Fishing! While the Scouts are busy checking off badge requirements, anglers from all over North Florida and South Georgia are off competing in a unique inshore in-slot tournament working hard to catch the coveted Bigg Sam Slam! Anglers record catches using the iAngler App. Being an inshore, in-slot tournament using an app is pretty special but what really makes it one-of-a-kind is that at the end of the fishing tournament anglers return to the camp, greeted by the Boys Scouts who then cheer them on as the Tournament Awards are presented. This Blitz/Tournament event inspired Sam to create the Sol Margin Fishing and Conservation Foundation. This is a non-profit that aims to educate the community and fellow anglers about habitat and wildlife conservation, as well as safe angling techniques. Being a 501(c)(3) organization allows Mr. Baker the opportunity to apply for government grants and partner with other like-minded organizations. For example, Fish Florida has donated rods and reels to be given to any Scout that attends the Fishing Merit Badge class, free of charge. Additionally, the foundation works with GTM Research Reserve to build new oyster reefs that will help preserve the estuaries in the Intercostal Waterway. Through these types of partnerships, Sol Margin Fishing Conservation Foundation hopes to continue to spread Sam’s love of fishing to new anglers while working on conservation efforts to preserve the environment for generations to come. If you share Sam’s love of fishing, consider applying to become a SMFCF Ambassador.
MEET OUR TEAM
Sam Baker founded Sol Margin Fishing & Conservation Foundation, Inc as a way to educate youth and the community about safe angling practices that promote environmental preservation.
Ginger Baker has been educating youth for over 10 years. She has a passion for service & has helped raise over $18,000 for various charities.
La Toya T. Peeples
La Toya Peeples has a background in law, business management, and education. She has helped launch multiple businesses & has had a leading role in their success.
Bettye H. Peeples
Bettye H. Peeples has been recognized not only at the state level but nationally for her community involvement. She can be found on the rosters of multiple organizations as she works hard to bring awareness to various causes.
T. Bryan Hand
T. Bryan Hand has been involved with the Boy Scouts. He is the father of two Eagle Scouts and has a daughter that is an Ambassador for SMFCF. He believes that by educating people about the importance of nature and the fun that can be had outdoors, it can help bring families and comunities together.