Tarpon Tournament


9th Annual "Ding" Darling & 

Doc Ford's Tarpon Tournament

May 22, 2020


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 ninth annual “catch, care, and release” tournament on  May 22, 2020. Registration is $500 per team of four, 100 percent of which goes back to the anglers in cash awards. 

Stay tuned for more news and registration information.  

Thanks to Our 2019 Sponsors






Mark & Gretchen Banks




J. J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc.

Law Office of Christopher G. Hill, PC

Misty Wells "Let's Take it Outside"

Mabry Brothers

Organized Chaos

Suncoast Beverage

 Gold Sponsors

Congress Jewelers

Gulf Star Marina

Fort Myers Marine

The Historic Bait Box

Jensen's Twin Palm Cottages and Marina

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

Lee County Sports Development

Nautical Mile Magazine

 On Island

R.S. Walsh Landscaping

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank

Whitney's Bait & Tackle

Silver Sponsors

50% Off Framing 

Anisa Stewart Jewelry

Bailey's General Store

Captiva Cruises

Florida Weekly

Fort Myers Brewing

Freedom Boat Club

Holiday Water Sports

Island Inn

Island Sand Paper

Island Sun & River Weekly News

Peter and Barbara Rogers

Tarpon Bay Explorers

Trophy Case of Fort Myers

Semmer Electric and Bonita Bill's Waterfront Cafe


Click HERE for images of the 2019 tournament.

 Click HERE to read about the 88 fish caught and $125,000 raised in 2019

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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