The Annual Sarasota Tarpon Tournament is here once again. This historic event, the oldest, continuously running, open-to-the-public tarpon tournament in Florida, is about to embark on its 85th consecutive year of competition.
The event runs for 5 weeks, May 9th through June 14th, 2015. The goal of this historic venue is not only to celebrate the tremendous tarpon fishing our region offers anglers, but also, to support deserving local charities.
The year’s tournament will again begin with a Kick Off at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota on Tuesday, May 5th. Check-In: 6:30 p.m., Dinner: 7:00 p.m.
The year’s Fish-Off is scheduled for Saturday, June 20th; Sunday, June 21st is the rain date. Should the entire weekend of June 20th – 21st be rained out, the Fish-Off with be Saturday, June 27th.
If you’re looking to make new friends, have fun, and test your angling skills, come fish with us and yours could be the next name engraved on the historic trophy.
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.