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The wild Tarpon Rodeo in Tampa Bay is a major fundraiser to help protect our ecosystem

The wild Tarpon Rodeo in Tampa Bay is a major fundraiser to help protect our ecosystem

three boats in the water as multiple people fish
Photo via Tampa Bay Watch

Get ready for the exhilarating 19th Annual Tarpon Rodeo happening on June 7, as anglers prepare to Get Hooked on the Silver King in this thrilling catch-and-release tournament, all in support of Tampa Bay Watch. The event takes place at the Ft. De Soto Boat Ramp (3500 Pinellas Bayway S). Full event info, and registration details are available online.

Set to take off from the Fort De Soto Boat Ramp, thw Tarpon Rodeo promises a fusion of competitive fishing and community-driven fundraising. This year, organizers are introducing the exciting Inshore Slam Division, where participants will compete to reel in the coveted trio: Snook, Trout, and Redfish.

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multiple boats approach a boat ramp
Photo via Tampa Bay Watch

Joining a major effort to protect Tampa Bay

By joining in this event, individuals become part of a significant endeavor aimed at safeguarding and rejuvenating the waterways of Tampa Bay. Funds raised will be channeled directly into Tampa Bay Watch’s scientific volunteer projects and educational initiatives, ensuring a sustainable future for the region’s aquatic ecosystems.

Dive headfirst into the atmosphere of friendly competition and solidarity, knowing that each catch contributes to the preservation and enhancement of Tampa Bay’s dynamic waterways.

a man reels in a fish on a boat
Photo via Tampa Bay Watch

A wild day of boating off Ft. DeSoto for the Tarpon Rodeo

Here’s the full event breakdown:

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  • Catch the early morning excitement at the Ft. DeSoto Boat Ramp where anglers gather to sign in, snag their limited edition tournament shirts and swag buckets, before setting off to board their boats for a day of competitive fishing.
  • 3, 2, 1,… the tournament kicks off with a shotgun start, as boats zoom off into the bay, each crew eager to be the first to Get Hooked on the Silver King.
  • After the adrenaline-fueled start, anglers immerse themselves in the pursuit of the trophy, casting their lines with skill and patience. It’s a day marked by the camaraderie of competition and the serene beauty of the bay.
  • As the competition winds down, anglers gather at Island Grille & Raw Bar to toast their efforts with cold beer and savor delicious food. It’s a time for sharing stories of the day’s catch and anticipation as the awards ceremony unfolds, recognizing the skill, perseverance, and spirit of the day’s top anglers.

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