Tarpon Tournament

7th Annual "Ding" Darling & Doc Ford's Tarpon Tournament

To celebrate the history of the first documented tarpon caught on a rod-and-reel in “Ding” Darling’s Tarpon Bay in 1885, Doc Ford’s and the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge have partnered to host this seventh annual “catch, care, and release” tournament on  May 11, 2018. Registration is $500 per team of four, 100 percent of which goes back to the anglers in cash awards. 

The 2018 tournament registration opened on December 4, 2017 at 8 a.m. and was FULL by 10 a.m. Please email Sarah Lathrop at sarah@dingdarlingsociety.org to be put on the waiting list.

For questions regarding the tournament or interest in becoming a sponsor, please call the Society office at 239-472-1100 ext. 4.






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