87th ANNUAL SARASOTA TARPON TOURNAMENT

May 6 thru June 11, 2017

Rules

Tournament Rules

To be eligible, tarpon must be hooked and caught by one person on a manually operated rod and reel. No other person may touch the rod, reel, line or bobber until the leader is at the boat. At this time, another person may touch the leader for the purposes of gaffing, handling, measuring and releasing the fish. However, the rod, reel and line still should not be touched by anyone accept the angler in case the fish was able to get free, continuing the fight.

  • All anglers must cast for themselves.
  • No fishing is allowed from land-locked ponds.
  • Only one hook per line may be used. Use of more than one hook, hooks in tandem, or treble hooks (except on standard plugs) are not permitted.
  • Leader length of up to 10 ft in any combination in all divisions.
  • Witness of measurement must be 16 years of age or older.
  • Any intentionally boated tarpon (fish in or on the boat) will disqualify the angler for the entire tournament.
  • All tarpon entered will be measured in the water laying flat on their side (horizontally) by girth only and measured to the closest quarter of an inch… no smaller increments may be used. The measurement will be taken around the widest portion of the tarpon’s midsection. (excluding fins)
  • Tarpon may only be gaffed or roped in the lower mandible.
  • Any handling of a fish by the gills in any fashion may result in disqualification.
  • No dead fish may be entered in the tournament.
  • Eastern boundary is the west side of US41 stretching from the northern to the southern boundaries.

Polygraph Testing

For 2016, polygraphs will be administered the following Tuesday of every week except for week 2 which will be administered at the same time and date as week 3. Those dates are as follows:

    Week 1 – Tuesday, May 17th 9:30 a.m.
    Week 2 – Tuesday, May 31st 9:30 a.m.
    Week 3 – Tuesday, May 31st 9:30 a.m.
    Week 4 – Tuesday, June 7th 9:30 a.m.
    Week 5 – Tuesday, June 14th 9:30 a.m.

Polygraph testing is mandatory.
There will be no changing of dates and times, so please plan accordingly.

Should a registered angler refuse to take, or fail the polygraph test, he/she will be disqualified from the tournament and forfeit his/her rights to all winnings and/or awards from the tournament. Every angler will be required to sign the entry form with the understanding that he/she has read and accepted all the rules and decisions of the tournament committee as final in all matters and are not reviewable by any court of law.

The administration and interpretation of a polygraph test shall solely be at the discretion and be the responsibility of the Tournament Committee and the individual who administers such polygraph test.

Reporting Process

  • Catch an eligible fish under the aforementioned guidelines.
  • Within 24 hours of releasing an eligible fish, fill out and sign an official release form at an official Report & Register station.
  • The official entry time is the time that the release form is filed at the Report & Register station.
  • An angler and witness must sign the release form. Witness must be 16 years of age or older.
  • You must also complete the online form under the “Release Form” tab within 24 hours of releasing your fish.

Report & Register Station Locations

Cannon’s Marina
6040 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key FL
(941) 383-1311

CB’s Saltwater Outfitters
1249 Stickney Point Rd., Siesta Key, FL
(941) 349-4400

Hart’s Landing
920 John Ringling Causeway, Sarasota FL
(941) 955-0011

New Pass Grill & Bait
1505 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota FL
(941) 388-3050

Stump Pass Marina
260 Mary­land Ave., Englewood, Florida
(941) 697-0859



Fishing Boundaries

Northern Boundary
East side of Anna Maria Island to Manatee Ave. (Hwy 64)

West side of Anna Maria Island from a point
N 27˚ 32.15’
W 082˚ 44.644’

Southern side of Stump Pass
N 26˚ 53.668’
W 082˚ 20.484’

Fish Off

The winner of each of the five weeks, the winner of the most releases division (as outlined below) and the winner of the fly fishing division will be entered into the Fish Off that will take place on Saturday, June 20th, the first alternate date is Sunday, June 21st, with Sunday, June 27th as the second alternative date. Anglers cannot occupy two or more Fish Off spots. In the event this happens, other slots will default to 2nd place finishers. This Fish Off will decide the overall winner of the entire tournament. The Fish Off will have a shotgun start @ 6:00am and will be over at 12:00pm that day. If there are no fish measured or landed by 12:00pm, there will be Sudden Death from 12:00pm-3:00pm.

Standings and Angler Info

Weekly results are posted on this website and our Facebook page by the following Wednesday of every week during the Tournament.  Be sure to fill out the “Subscribe” section to learn about new posts.

Overall Prizes

1st Place (winner of fish off)

  • Engraved Plaque
  • Two tarpon spinning rods and reels from Economy Tackle
  • $1500 Cash Prize
2nd Place

  • Engraved Plaque
  • $1000 Cash Prize
3rd Place

  • Engraved Plaque
  • $600 Cash Prize
4th Place

  • Engraved Plaque
  • $400 Cash Prize
5th Place

  • Engraved Plaque
  • $300 Cash Prize
6th Place

  • Engraved Plaque
  • $200 Cash Prize
7th Place

  • Engraved Plaque
  • $150 Cash Prize

Fly Division and Most Releases Division Winners: Recieve a Yeti 20 Hopper Cooler as well as a spot in the fish off.

For more information please contact:

  • Event Chairman Mason Tush (941) 346-8910