Tarpon Tournament

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Fierce Fish-Off Competition Determines Sarasota Tarpon Tournament Champion

Posted by on Jun 21, 2014

Fierce Fish-Off Competition Determines Sarasota Tarpon Tournament Champion

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.

Fish-Off Set for Saturday, June 21st

Posted by on Jun 17, 2014

Fish-Off Set for Saturday, June 21st

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.

Tournament Enters its Final Week

Posted by on Jun 8, 2014

Tournament Enters its Final Week

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″.