May 12 thru June 17, 2018


The 88th Annual Sarasota Tarpon Tournament

Tournament Fishing Dates Sat. May 12th — Sun. June 17th

As we enter the 88th year of the Sarasota Tarpon tournament we are proud to announce our 2018 tournament dates May 12th – June 17th and some changes to the kick-off party and awards banquet. Based on feedback from our anglers we are changing the venue and creating more of a celebration of the start of Tarpon Season for our kick-off party/captain’s meeting.

The party will be held on May 9th at White Buffalo Saloon in Sarasota with registration starting at 6:00 p.m. and the party starting at 7:00 p.m. Your $125 entry into the tournament gets you food and fun and a cash bar will be available.

LIVE MUSIC, GOOD TIMES, a LIVE AUCTION with some incredible outdoor EXPERIENCES from CCA as well as AMAZING RAFFLES for gear, tackle, paddle boards, coolers, artwork and much more.

This year’s Awards Banquet will be a scaled down event focused on awarding the prizes, honoring our winners, and handing out our prize ladder for those who registered fish.

SPONSORSHIPS are available! It is the generosity of our amazing sponsors that have kept this legendary tournament running for 88 years. As you know, we have a fantastic group of anglers and much more watching online and in the community. Please contact us if you would like to talk to a sponsorship representative.

We couldn’t be more excited about this year’s tournament and can’t wait to see you all at the White Buffalo!

The Tarpon Tournament has been an annual event here in Sarasota since 1930. This year’s 2018 Edition marks the tournament’s 88th continuous year of sanctioned competition. Not only is this historic Tarpon Tournament an opportunity to participate in world-class fishing, it also supports the local community.

To do that, the Tournament partners with a selected non-profit organization annually and donates a portion of the proceeds to that charitable organization.

For a Entry Fee of just $125, anglers not only compete for an overall winner category, but also, weekly, junior, ladies, and ‘his & hers’ categories.

Weekly winners and winners of the two additional categories will all compete in a 2-day Fish-Off weekend to determine overall winner whose name is inscribed on the historic trophy.

If you’re looking to make new friends, have some fun and test your angling skills, come fish with us and yours could be the next name on that trophy.

Tarpon are world-class game fish and are easy to access directly off Sarasota’s beautiful beaches. Described as one of the most exciting fish to catch, tarpon are known for spectacular leaps and determined fights — as a matter of fact, more battles seem to be won by the tarpon rather than the angler, making the reward of catching one momentous!

Entering the “World’s Oldest Tarpon Tournament” makes this ‘game’ even more exciting because anglers not only have the chance to compete against the Silver King, but also, their fellow anglers.