The 84th annual Sarasota Tarpon Tournament finished with a fierce Fish-Off competition Saturday, June 21st, where angler finalists reeled in a total of nine Tarpon, despite less than desirable fishing conditions.
Seven anglers competed in the Sarasota Tarpon Tournament Fish-Off. Anglers qualified for the Fish-Off by either winning a Special Division, (i.e. Fly, or Most Releases) or by catching the largest Tarpon, measured by girth, during one of the five weeks of the regular tournament.
Of those seven anglers competing, six caught a fish in the Fish-Off. Competitor Dave Robinson was the first to catch shortly before 8 a.m. in the morning.
In the end, one angler ruled supreme, by a matter of less than one inch. David Sugar claimed the title of 2014 Sarasota Tarpon Tournament Champion by catching and releasing a Tarpon with a girth of 38¾” inches. Clark Nash came in second, with a fish measuring 38 inches in girth.
The finalists will be recognized at an awards banquet July 19, at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. For more information on the Awards Banquet click on the Events button at the top of this page.
The final results for this years Annual Sarasota Tarpon Tournament are in and the line up is set for this Saturday’s Fish-Off.
The five weekly first place finishers, Clark Nash 37.5″, week one, Miles Skeens 40″, week two, Dave Robinson 38″, week three, David Sugar 40″, week four, and Mike McDonald 45.5″, week five.
They will be joined by Brent Wilson 32″, winner of the Fly Division, and Jamie Smith who had a total of 11 Releases during the tournament. These seven anglers comprise the field set to compete for the coveted trophy.
An alternate date of June 28th has been set should the weather on the primary Fish-Off date of Saturday, June 21st not cooperate.
The 84th Annual Sarasota Tarpon Tournament enters its final week today and the Tarpon seem to be running stronger than they have the entire tournament.
A quick recap of the tournament results so far reveals Clark Nash was the Week One 1st place finisher registering a 37.5″ catch on Sunday, May 11th.
Miles Skeens took 1st place in Week Two breaking the 40″ barrier for the first time. Miles registered his 40″ catch on Monday, the 19th in the waters off of Longport.
Week Three again saw a different first place finisher, this time it was Dave Robinson. Dave registered a 38″ catch on Saturday, May 31st in the waters just off of Anna Marie Island.
David Sugar registered the second 40″ plus catch of the tournament on Wednesday, June 4th off of Casey Key to take 1st place in Week Four.
All four weekly first place finishers are now eligible for the Fish-Off which is scheduled for Saturday, June 21st, with an alternate date of Saturday, June 28th should the weather not cooperate.
Moving into the final week Brent Wilson leads in the Fly Division with a 32″ catch registered on Tuesday, May 20th. Landon Forde (that’s Landon shown in the photo above) is the overall Youth Leader with a 31″ catch he registered on Friday, June 6th just off of Turtle Beach.
Noelle Leverentz leads the Women’s Division with a 33″ catch registered on Saturday, May 31st in Big Pass, while Jerrould Smith & Noelle Leverentz lead the His & Her’s Division with a combined Total 68″.