Donate to the Children

Donate to the Children

It’s easy, it’s fun and it’s extremely fulfilling.

In only Four Years of reaching out to the Flagstaff, Anthem, and North Valley Communities. We have been able to donate over 6,000 toys and gifts for the kids at Phoenix Children’s Hospital

S4SC statistics show the enthusiasm for helping sick kids has grown each year we have asked for your help and we have an almost 100% rate of donors giving toys each year, and giving more toys each year.

In 2013, 40 donors, 245 toys; In 2014, 115 donors, 750 toys; In 2015, approximately 200 donors provided 1,750 toys for the children, and our Christmas season 2016 and Spring 2017 Toy Drives resulted in donating over 3,600 toys and gifts for the children.


Donating can be done in several ways.

  • 1. Purchase your toys and then drop them off at any one of our several “Toy Drop Off” locations or contact us and we will come by your home or business and pick up your toy donation.
  • 2. Send us your financial donation and we will go buy the toys for you. Make your check out to “Smiles For Sick Children” and mail to Brian Billideau, 2114 W. Legends Way, Anthem, Az. 85086.
  • Donating over 3000 toys last year and 6,000 toys the past four years is a great accomplishment but with an estimated 18,000 children being admitted to Phoenix Children’s Hospital in 2017 the need to raise toys to ensure all these children receive a new toy is greater than ever. Our goal of raising 5000 toys is a huge job so please donate as soon as you can.

    So please send what you can, $10, $25, $100 or more, or drop off you toys donation at any of our toy drop locations and thanks for thinking of the children at PCH this year and in the future.



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    Congrats to the New Captains!

    Ahoy, Mates! These 3 are good as gold.

    The fantistic and mighty men of Silent Hunter would like to step forward and congratulate these three boys for their recent accomplishments.
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    What did they do that brings on such praise?

    Aye, they won their way to becoming captains! That’s right. With the help of the great people that make up our Silent Hunter team, these boys are now licensed as captains.

    Be pleased to meet:

    Captain Kevin McKeon

    Captain John Henry

    Captain Daniel Roberts

    All marvelous captain names, to be sure. In all seriousness, we are so very proud of these guys. Great work! We’re looking forward to seeing all you can do with this achievement.

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    Want to Know Who’s Winning?


    Jimmy Johnson logo
    Find up-to-the-minute scores to find out who is winning the Jimmy Johnson Sailfish Tournament this weekend! Just click HERE to find out what’s happening. BTW, Silent Hunter is looking good right now for the win. Check it out!

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    Jimmy Johnson Sailfish Tournament this Weekend

    Jimmy Johnson logoThis weekend, Silent Hunter is in Key Largo, Florida, for the Jimmy Johnson Sailfish Tournament. Why do we love this tourni? For the more than $100,000.00 prize money, of course! Plus, sailfishing makes life worth living. The tournament is this Friday and Saturday, March 9-12, 2016.
    For those two days, the Sailfish or Billfish competition features the top anglers in the country. We might be biased, but we know our Silent Hunter crew is the best.

    Most prized is the championship ring that comes along with winning this grueling competition! See the Jimmy Johnson Sailfish Tournament website for more information.

    We wish our Silent Hunter crew the best of luck.

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    26th Annual Cheeca Lodge Presidential Sailfish Tournament

    Silent Hunter is in the running!

    We enjoyed competing in the 26th Annual Cheeca Lodge Presidential Sailfish Tournament. This year, with a board that looks this good, Silent Hunter is all set to bring in a Gold Cup. We’re excited to watch the official results Thursday!

    Every January, sailfish hunters gather to watch, chase and catch the graceful and elegant beauties as their season peaks through early winter. These irridescent acrobats bound across the water using their tails and twist and turn to offer zealous anglers the fight of their lives.

    Practicing Conservation and Competition

    Competitive sport fishermen travel from far and wide to spend two days fighting the glorious sailfish to bring home cash prizes, incredible tropies and bragging rights allowed to anyone who comes away a winner.

    Firm believers in protecting the sailfish, Cheeca fishermen must practice conservation and care by only using circle hooks and releasing all sailfish caught during the tournament.

    The Gold Cup

    Through the years, Cheeca’s Presidential Tournament has developed into one of the largest and most sought out sailfish tournaments in the Florida Keys. On January 20-21, 2016, the second part of the Florida Keys Gold Cup Sailfish Championship concludes with the Islamorada Fishing Club Sailfish Tournament. The Gold Cup Championship holds a $25,000 cash prize for the each winner.

    We’ll let you know winners as soon as we do!

    Ready to catch a sailfish? Call the Captain at 305.304.6684

    Want to know the stats so far?
    Sailfish Tourni 1-16-16

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    Discover Restaurants in Marathon!

    When you’re here with us at Silent Hunter, we know you’re only thinking about catching fish. But when the hunt is over (and you’re just too battle-weary to grill up that mahi-mahi) it’s time to find a restaurant to hunker down, get some delicious food and start telling the fish stories.

    These tasty options from TripAdvisor might help you decide.

    The Butterfly Cafe in Marathon

    The Butterfly Cafe in Marathon

    Fish (for those who just can’t get enough of a good thing)

    Brutus Seafood Market & Eatery
    “Nice outdoor seating, good food.”
    – Julie Y.
    King Seafood Market and Restaurant
    I got the blackened grouper and it was one of my best meals of the week.

    Cafes and Grills

    Butterfly Cafe
    “The food was well presented, good selection and although it was busy, everything went smoothly. Very enjoyable dinner and evening!”

    Fine Island Dining

    Barracuda Grill
    “Incredible value with their food…! We got the shrimp shumai- this appetizer was incredible. And the portion is generous.”


    Sweet Savannah’s
    “They were open pretty late so we stopped in for Key Lime Pie and ice cream. Both were excellent! Best pie we had in the Keys.”
    -Julie M.

    Want your own delectable fish to take home and enjoy?

    Call the Captain at 305.304.6684 to set up the fishing adventure of a lifetime!

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    Sailfish Hunter: Trey Hart

    Congratulations on the First Catch!

    Well, Trey Hart bagged the first sailfish of the trip this week. It’s one of those things that we like to celebrate once in a while. Thanks to the entire Silent Hunter Crew including Captain Ben Zdan, and Mate Ely Hernandez for all the support and encouragement.

    Captain Ben Zdan - Mate Ely Hernandez

    Ready to plan the fishing trip of a lifetime?

    Call the Captain at 305.304.6684

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    3 Tips for Winter Fishing in the Keys

    Generally speaking, the weather in the Keys in pretty constant. Delightful. And, with an average of 75 degrees in daytime, it’s warm and inviting. But when you’re fishing in the Florida Keys during the wintertime, there are some things you should look out for.


    1. Schedule Flexible Time

    Sometimes, cold fronts can blow in from the ocean, so be aware that you might have to have an alternative to fishing for a few hours or a day or so. There are plenty of things to see and do around here. Check out our article on Things To Do here.

    2. Plan for the right fish

    Sailfish are the easiest to catch during the winter because they love the weather. Blackfin and Wafoo are also available to catch if you’re fishing offshore. Call us today to get the right gear and equipment to fish these big guys!

    3. Keep your eyes open

    Keys’ wintertime weather can be unpredictable. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for quick changes in the weather, as they can come instantly. Other than that, your trip should be fantastic!

    Plan your winter fishing trip today! Call 305.304.6684

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    Christmas in the Keys

    Christmas time is here. Love is in the air.

    But the snow is falling. Roads are slick with ice in many places around the country. And here in the Keys? The fish are still biting. The waves roll slowly onto the sandy shore, and images of sailfish replace the sugarplums dancing in our heads.
    Facebook Fish Jumping

    Holiday Fishing in the Keys

    Instead of snow, coats and smoking fires, we’re enjoying the warm sunshine, balmy breezes and delicious fresh seafood.

    We still have Christmas trees, of course, decorated with seashells and lights aglow. Santa Claus does come around – but in a motor boat, not a sleigh.

    Christmas parties and light shows also accompany the holiday. And a breakfast with Santa after his long journey around the world delivering gifts. You know he comes here to relax, right? Down here in the Sunshine state our beach parties encourage the Christmas Spirit, and we always have a white Christmas. If you consider our sand white, that is.

    This year, join us for the holidays, and make your days merry and bright!

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    Sailfishing: Charter Fishing Joy

    Hard days are not to be put up with in the Keys. But when we have one, we go sailfishing. And it’s amazing. Every one we hook is a new experience and a sight to behold. We’re fishermen to the core, and it never gets old.
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    Catching the Joy of Sailfishing

    From the fight, to the final hook in, the joy of fishing is most real on those days. And then we go back to enjoying the sun, the sand and eventually the moonlight once again. Down here, the fishing is real, intense, and a unique event for each person who boards our boats.
    Big sailfish

    What do you like to catch? Let us hook you up!

    Call 305.304.6684

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