Shaggy’s Fishing Team recently donated a blue marlin fishing trip in the Dominican Republic.

The trip, valued at $12,000, includes two days of fishing on the “Cheeseburger,” a 60-foot custom sport boat, and three nights staying in a villa overlooking Marina Cap Cana.

The donation, won by Brian Levi, was part of the Humane Society of South Mississippi’s annual “Rock ‘n Roll Over” fundraiser.

“The Humane Society originally asked us to consider donating a tuna trip in the Gulf,” Shaggy’s founder and co-owner Ron Ladner said in a release. “But our boat is in the DR where we’ve been marlin fishing, so we decided to offer a blue marlin trip instead.”

The trip was auctioned off at $15,000 and Shaggy’s owners matched that amount to make the total offer $30,000.

“The generosity of the Shaggy’s Fishing Team was by far the largest contribution the Humane Society has ever received at our annual fundraiser,” HSSM CEO Lori West said. “The matching funds were unexpected and exceeded all of our expectations.”

Shaggy’s co-owner Rimmer Covington considers the Dominican Republic a strong area for fishing. Covington is a former soccer standout at St. Stanislaus High School.

“We’ve been fishing the DR since February 2016,” Covington said. “We know first-hand how epic the blue marlin fishing is there. It’s one of the hottest marlin fisheries in the world.”

Shaggy’s has four locations: Pass Harbor, Biloxi, Gulfport and Pensacola Beach.

Sun Herald