Tarpon Tournament

8th Annual "Ding" Darling & Doc Ford's Tarpon Tournament

May 3, 2019

Congratulations to the 2018 Winners!

First place winners, Team Costa with Caloosahatchee Cowboy Charters, received a check for $13,185.

Overall Tournament Standings

Click here for a full tournament report.

Total Fish Caught:  49

Number of Teams with Fish:  21 

1. Team Costa with Caloosahatchee Cowboy (won $13,185)

2. Doc Ford’s (won $7,325)

3. Mabry Brothers, Inc. (won $4,395)

4. Barker Boatworks (won $2,930)

5. Captiva Cruises (won $1,465)

6. Fishin’ Divas (angler Deb Powers won the female angler award)

7. Venture Out Charters

8. Dorado Boats

9. On Island (amateur team winner, $600 in gift cards)

10. Tarpon Travelers

11. Fort Myers Marine

12. Money Shot

13. Real Mark Realty

14. Let the Big Dog Eat

15. Jensen’s Marina/Operation Open Arms

16. YAM

17. Poondoggers (angler Bo Bartholomew won senior angler award)

18. Teaser

19. Organized Chaos

20. Whitney’s Bait & Tackle 

21. Let’s Take It Outside

Click HERE for more images of the 2018 tournament.

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

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. 

Stay tuned for announcements about the 2019 tarpon tourney. 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. 4.






Support Us

Donate and make a difference!

Making a charitable contribution is easy and tax deductible. You can donate online by clicking the Support the Refuge button below. Once you have registered or logged in, you can choose to make a Regular Donation, a Memorial to remember a departed loved one, or an Honorarium as a special gift to a nature-loving friend or family member.


Choose a donation type


Enter the donation amount

Ding Darling Mobile App

Discover Ding

Download the Discover Nature app

Download on the App StoreAndroid app on Google play