Tarpon Tournament


8th Annual "Ding" Darling & 

Doc Ford's Tarpon Tournament

May 3, 2019

          Tournament is FULL!

Please contact Dot@dingdarlingsociety.org to be placed on the waiting list.  

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 eighth annual “catch, care, and release” tournament on  May 3, 2019. Registration is $500 per team of four, 100 percent of which goes back to the anglers in cash awards. 


Thanks to Our Sponsors

Click HERE to become a sponsor.





Mark & Gretchen Banks



Captiva Diva



J. J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc.

Law Office of Christopher G. Hill, PC

Mabry Brothers

Organized Chaos

Suncoast Beverage

 Gold Sponsors

Fort Myers Marine

The Historic Bait Box

Law Office of Janet M. Strickland, P.A.

Lee County Sports Development


 On Island

R.S. Walsh Landscaping

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank

Whitney's Bait & Tackle

Silver Sponsors

 Anisa Stewart Jewelry

Bailey's General Store

Florida Weekly

Island Inn

Island Sand Paper

Island Sun & River Weekly News

Jensen's Marina & Cottages

Tarpon Bay Explorers

Trophy Case of Fort Myers






Click HERE for images of the 2018 tournament.

 Click HERE to read about the 49 fish caught and $120,000 raised.


Stay tuned for announcements about 2019 tarpon tourney registration. Please text SOCIETY to 50555 to be put on the mailing list.

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







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