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The Tarpon Fly Fishing Invitational Tarpon Lodge Pine island 2023

May-21-23 - May-23-23 All day
Tarpon Lodge Pineland
Address: 13771 Waterfront Dr, Bokeelia, FL 33922, USA

The Tarpon Fly Fishing Invitational Tarpon Lodge Pine island 2023

We are happy to announce our second annual tournament hosted by Tarpon Lodge. The Tarpon Fly Fishing Invitational is a two day invitational tournament sponsored by various companies such as Power-Pole, Costa Del Mar and more, for the benefit of Captains for Clean Water. We are excited about giving all our local fly fishing enthusiasts a venue to share their thoughts, skills and passion for this wonderful sport. We are looking forward to this event and hope to be seeing you there.

Schedule of Events

All events have cash bar

Sunday, May 21, 2023 – Tarpon Lodge

6:00pm Rules Meeting & Dinner Anglers/Guides – required

Monday, May 22, 2023


5:00 am Coffee/Snack – Tarpon Lodge Restaurant Anglers/Guides
5:45 am Departure
5:00 pm Lines out of the water
5-6 pm Tarpon Lodge
5:30 pm Hors d’oeuvres
6:30 pm Dinner

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

5:00 am Coffee/Snack – Tarpon Lodge Anglers/Guides
5:45 am Departure
5:00 pm Lines out of the water
5-6 pm Tarpon Lodge
5:30 pm Hors d’oeuvres
6:30 pm Dinner and Awards

Official Rules

The following rules shall govern the 2023 Tarpon Fly Fishing Invitational at Tarpon Lodge (The Lodge)

I. General

  • The Tarpon Fly Fishing Invitational (the Tournament TFFI) is intended to promote and provide a venue for fly fishermen to compete and share their passion for fly fishing while promoting and furthering the conservancy of our coastal waters.
  • The purpose of these rules is to promote fair competition and foster good sportsmanship.
  • The Tournament will take place in Pineland, Florida at The Tarpon Lodge, beginning on Sunday May 21st and will continue for two full days through Tuesday the 23rd. There will be a kick-off and registration banquet the Sunday evening before the first day of fishing and an award and closing event after the last day of fishing.
  • The Tournament shall be governed by the Tarpon Fly Fishing Tournament Committee
    (TFFTC): Comprised of Doug Hatten, John Abitante, Adam Fernandez and Ozzie Lessinger.
  • Entry Fee is $1,250 per boat, maximum of 2 anglers and 1 guide per boat, limited to 25 boats.
  • Guests may be added for an additional $125 per person per night.
  • Please contact Tarpon Lodge at 239-283-3999 for room rates. Early reservation is recommended.
  • All participants must sign and submit a waiver to the TFFTC prior to fishing. Waivers can be found on the Tarpon Lodge website.
  • This is a non-cash prize event. All proceeds will be distributed for the benefit of Captains for Clean Water.
  • Trophies will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams.


  • Anglers desiring an invitation may submit an application to the “TFFTC.” The application can be found on the Tarpon Lodge website. Anglers receiving an invitation must confirm participation by paying an entry fee prior to April 15th preceding the Tournament. Unpaid anglers risk losing their place in the Tournament.
  • The Tournament shall set an entry fee which shall include all banquets and other daily and evening activities for the angler and guide. Guests may be added to these activities for an additional fee set by the Tournament.
  • In the event of emergency or illness, an angler or guide may have a substitute.
  • The angler is responsible for daily guide fees.
  • Either the angler or his guide must attend the pre-tournament kick-off banquet to confirm registration, receive Tournament information, and pick up measuring packets.


  • Only fly casting will be permitted and only artificial lures may be used.
  • Leaders may not exceed 15 feet in length and must be IGFA legal.
  • Must contain not less than 15 inches of tippet material between the knots of 16lb Hard Type Monofilament.
  • A shock tippet must be of nonmetallic material and may not exceed 12 inches including the knots and must be tied directly to the tippet.
  • Flies must be single hook construction only.
  • A tournament fish may not be gaffed under any circumstances and will lead to disqualification.


  • Official headquarters: Tarpon Lodge, Pineland, Florida.
  • Waiver must be signed and submitted to the TFFTC prior to fishing.
  • All boats must depart from and return to the Lodge by water. Anglers and guides may fish any areas accessible by boat from the Lodge.
  • Under the direction of an official starter, skiffs will leave the Lodge at 5:45 a.m.
  • Fishing may begin no sooner than 6:00 am.
  • Fishing will end at 5:00 pm at which time, lines must be out of the water.
  • All teams must report back to the Tarpon Lodge “T – Dock” between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm with signed score sheets on each tournament day. A team’s report time is measured at the moment a team member steps onto the T-Dock at Tarpon lodge.
  • A team’s failure to sign and turn in score sheet and photographs (if any) by 6:00 P.M. daily will result in a 150-point penalty.
  • The Tournament Committee may waive this rule in the case of a breakdown or unusual circumstance.
  • The start on any day may be delayed by the Tournament in the event of imminent, inclement, or dangerous weather. In the event of severe weather, the “TFFTC” may reduce the number of fishing days.
  • The policy of the Tournament is that the first skiff to reach a spot is entitled to fish there. The “TFFTC” strongly recommends strict observation of all recognized courtesies and sporting practices between skiffs. This includes giving way and sufficient room to other boats in an area that typically accommodates more than one skiff under normal fishing conditions. Understanding that Pine Island Sound waters are fished by many skiffs each day, it is considered unsportsmanlike and a rules violation to have a spot “saved” by another boat.
  • Chumming or fishing in or near chummed areas is not allowed.
  • No assistance may be given to any angler other than by his guide who handles the boat or grabs the fish for purposes of measuring or releasing the fish.
  • Angler, unaided, must cast, set the hook, fight and bring the fish to where the leader can be touched.
  • Either member of the team may act as angler, but only one team member may act as angler at any given time.
  • No angler or guide may scout for fish using aircraft/drones during the period from the beginning of fishing on the first day until the end of fishing on the last day.


  • The fishing boat shall be a traditional flats skiff design.
  • Each skiff shall be properly equipped with Coast Guard safety equipment. Guides are expected to operate skiffs in keeping with applicable boating laws and traditional fishing and boating norms for the areas fished.
  • No ladder or heightening device platform shall extend more than four feet above the gunwale of the skiff.


  • For purposes of measuring and scoring, the Tournament shall issue to each Angler a four-foot stick.
  • The Angler or Guide shall provide a digital camera.
  • Fish may be submitted for points as either a released fish” (a “Release”) or as a boated fish (a “Boated Fish”).
  • A Release is worth 250 points.
  • A Boated Fish is worth 750 points.
  • Anglers may submit no more than three (3) Releases per tournament day for a maximum of 750 points unless the team enters a verified Boated Fish, in which case the team may enter up to five (5) Releases in addition to verified Boated Fish.
  • A Tarpon submitted as a Boated Fish does not receive Release points for the same Tarpon. For example, the maximum points scored for a Boated Fish is 750 points and a team will not be awarded an additional 250 points for said Boated Fish.
  • However, if a team is in the process of controlling a Tarpon for Boated Fish points and fails to obtain sufficient photographic evidence in accordance with the rules set forth herein, the team will be awarded 250 points as a Release.
  • There is no limit to the number of Boated Fish submitted for scoring.
  • As described below, a Boated Fish must be hooked, fought, and brought to hand with photographic evidence to earn points.
  • Lip gaffing or gaffing any portion of the Tarpon’s body is strictly prohibited.
  • Fish shall be scored, and points shall be earned in compliance with State of Florida fishing regulations in force at the time of the tournament.
  • After an angler has hooked a tarpon, one may attempt to earn release points. Release points are earned when the knot at the junction of the fly line and leader is reeled through the top guide of the angler’s fly rod. The boat may be in gear throughout the release process. Release fish must exceed the four-foot length minimum. The provided measuring stick may be used to assist the team with judging the fish’s length if it is not obvious that the Tarpon’s length exceeds the four-foot length minimum. The length is verified with the four-foot stick, as measured along the side (lateral line) from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail.
  • Given the practicalities of fighting a Tarpon and judging its length, participating teams are expected and required to abide by the honor system and the highest degree of ethical behavior. If the fish appears to be close to the four-foot minimum length, teams are expected to fight the fish close enough to the boat to compare the fish to the four-foot measuring stick provided by the Tournament for verification. Again, participating teams are expected and required to abide to the honor system and the highest degree of ethical behavior.
  • After hooking a fish and completing the Release scoring procedure, the team may then decide to score the fish as a Boated Fish.
  • If the team decides to score a fish as a Boated Fish, the team must complete the following procedure as quickly as possible: 1) A team member must take control of the Tarpon by grabbing it by the lower lip/jaw; 2) The second team member must then take a digital photograph with the first team member controlling the fish by grabbing it by the lower lip/jaw with the four foot measuring stick along the Tarpon’s side (lateral line); 3) The Tournament Committee will review each submitted photograph to determine whether the Tarpon submitted as a Boated Fish exceeds the four foot minimum length requirement by majority vote. The Tournament Committee’s decision is final.
  • At the conclusion of each fishing day, the angler and guide must submit a signed Catch and Release form to the Tournament judges whether or not any fish have been caught.
  • The Catch and Release form shall include times for each Release and/or Boated Fish.
  • Boated Fish Photos for each fish caught must be shown to the scorekeepers.
  • These items must be turned in by 6:00 pm, or the Angler will not be allowed any points from fish that day.
  • The Tournament judges may waive the 6:00 pm rule for boat breakdowns or unusual circumstances.


  • In the event of a tie for 1st, 2nd or 3rd place the tie breaker will go to the team that scored first based on the date and time stamped photo.


  • The Tournament shall be conducted by the Tarpon Fly Fishing Tournament Committee.
  • The final determination of any disputes will be reviewed and settled by the TFFTC.
  • The Tournament shall secure judges to oversee daily sign-in, return times, and fish scoring.
  • There will be a rule meeting and check in on the Sunday evening prior to the tournament. The “TFFTC” rules shall be reviewed and explained.
  • Any infraction of the rules will result in the angler losing all points for that day of fishing.


  • In case of disagreements, the Tournament Committee decision will be final. All complaints must be submitted in writing by 7:00 P.M. to the Tournament Committee on the day of the complaint.


  • The Tournament operates on the honor system, and as such, relies on the integrity of its participants. Any angler or guide found to have knowingly or willfully violated any of the aforementioned rules risks being immediately disqualified and banned from future tournaments.
  • Trophies will be awarded at the Tuesday night banquet.

For additional information regarding the “rules”, please contact:

  • Adam Fernandez at 941- 587- 5565
  • Ozzie Lessinger at 239-910-7764
  • Doug at Hatten at 239-322-4797
  • or John Abitante at 954-661-8145

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    Hope to see you there and remember "its all about Emma"!
  • Nov-04-23 All day

    Dig Deep Tournament           Sarasota 2023

    Info Call 941-225-3256

  • Nov-04-23 All day

    6th Annual Hook'em in the Glades          Everglades City 2023

    Hook'em in the Glades fishing fundraiser is a family friendly event that supports athletics and student programs at Everglades City School! There are 8 Awards Categories: Adult Team Boat, Kayak Division, Jr. Angler Team Boat, Jr. Angler Longest Snook, Jr. Angler Longest Redfish, Jr. Angler Longest Seatrout, Jr. Angler On-Shore Pee Wee division (toddler-2nd grade), & Jr. Angler On-Shore (3rd - 12th grade)!

  • Nov-09-23 - Nov-11-23 All day

    30th Annual - Old Salt Fall King of the Beach Kingfish Tournament     Medeira Beach 2023

    Info Call   727-216-6601      email   [email protected]

    30th Annual - Old Salt Fall King of the Beach
    Kingfish Tournament

    Dates: November 9, 10 & 11, 2023

    11/9: Captains Meeting, Team Check-In & Registration

    Gates Open: 5PM
    Team Check-In: 6:30PM
    Rules Review: 8PM
    Raffle & Silent Auction: 9PM

    11/10: Community Party w/Live Music

    Gates Open: 5PM
    Music Starts: 6:30PM
    Happy Hour: 5-7PM

    11/11: Tournament Fishing & Weigh-In

    Lines In: 6AM
    Weigh-In Starts: 3PM
    Must Be Checked-In and In Line By: 5PM

    Location: 200 Rex Place - Madeira Beach, Florida 33708 (map)

    Tournament Entry Fees

    Overall Tournament (Onsite Registration)

    • Members - $295.00
    • Non Members - $325.00

    Spanish Mackerel Only: $155.00

    Species: King Mackerel and Spanish Mackerel


    • 3 TWT's - Standard, High Roller & The Smoker!
    • Pays 6 Divisions, 63 Places Total
      • Overall Division
      • Spanish Mackerel Division
      • Single Engine Division
      • Traveling Angler Division
      • Ladies Division
      • Youth Division
  • Nov-11-23 All day

    Calusa Blueway Kayak Fishing Tournament             Cape Coral 2023

     Info Call  239-283-1125            [email protected]
    Gulf Coast Kayak Presents The 20th Annual Calusa Blueway Kayak Fishing Tournament Saturday November 11th 2023.
    **Proceeds benefit Candlelighters of South West Florida**
    -$65 Entry Fee Includes Registration & Tournament Shirt
    Prizes will be awarded for:
    -Longest Combined Slam (Red, Snook, Trout)
    -Longest Snook
    -Longest Redfish
    -Longest Trout
    -Wild Card Trout
    Click here to register:
    Captain's Meeting & Registration Friday November 10th 6-7pm Scotty's Bierwerks in Cape Coral. Attendance is MANDATORY!
    Weigh-In: Saturday November 11th location is TBD.
    This is a one-day fishing competition for paddle sport anglers to catch, photo, and release snook, redfish, seatrout and other species. All fishing must occur within Lee County, Fla., waterways along the Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail. All competitors must ONLY use a Launch open to the public in Lee County.
    All competitors must be 18 years or older or be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Nov-11-23 All day

    Battle For Cancer          West Palm Beach 2023

    Save the date and register your team now for Big Dog Tackle Battle for Cancer on November 11! 🎣
    This one should be a lot of fun and also benefits a great cause! 🔥🔥
    Register before end of the month and get discounted entry! More info at the link in comments. 👀
    Thank you to @bigdogtackle for your support of OAPB! You guys rock!!
    Info Call    954-933-7587                             [email protected]

  • Nov-17-23 - Nov-18-23 All day

    Florida Redfish Series Championship Steinhatchee 2023

    Kayakers- do not forget to submit your launch photo. Your fish pictures will not count if you do not have a launch photo! Your launch photo cannot be taken or submitted before 6:35 AM your local time.
    Boaters -do not forget to submit or “go live“ with your launch- or your fish videos will not count! Not before 6:35am your local time
    You should be idling out while doing your launch video we need to see life jackets on, lights on and a view of your empty live well
    NO boats on plane before 6:35am!!!
    Make sure you are signed in as an admin tonight, do not wait until tomorrow as it will cost you time.
    All anglers have until 12 o’clock noon their local time to fish, ALL fishing stops at 12 o’clock noon!!!!
    You will then have 30 minutes to submit any pictures or videos, etc. that did not get submitted throughout the day but please note if there is a tie it will go by time stamp, if you wait until the end of the day, you take a chance! 
    All anglers should make sure your time stamps are turned ON!!!! if we can’t figure out what time a video or picture was taken because timestamps were not turned on, it will not count!!!!
    ALL submissions must be completed by 12:30pm your local time!!!
    Code word- Gold Spoon
    We will be available beginning at 6:15am EST
    Decisions by tournament director are final!!!!
    All entries will be finalized and winners announced 2:00pm EST with a FB Live!
    Have fun!!! Stay safe!!