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Captain's Corner: Suncoast Tarpon Roundup features weekend-only format

Tarpon Roundup: The all-release 77th annual Suncoast Tarpon Roundup, one of the oldest and most prestigious tarpon events in Florida, begins today and runs for 10 weekends through July 23.

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After receiving input from numerous anglers, the tournament's board of directors changed the format from previous years. To create a more level playing field, a weekend-only format will be implemented. This year, fishing will begin on Fridays at 5 p.m. and end most Sundays at midnight.

There are eight divisions: regular, junior, women's, landlubber, senior, doubles, adult/junior and jackpot, which is optional.

Since the tournament is all-release, anglers must get a DNA sample to qualify as a release, except in the case of the landlubber division. A release in this division is credited when the leader is touched with a gaff and confirmed by a witness.

Winners will be determined by most releases. Weekly prizes will be awarded, and one angler could win as much as $5,000.

To register, walk-ins can go to Mastry's Tackle (1700 Fourth St. S) in St. Petersburg or download the form from the event website (suncoasttarponroundup.org) and mail it in. Entry fees are $125 for the regular division and $25 for juniors.

Rick Frazier runs Lucky Dawg Charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 510-4376.

Captain's Corner: Suncoast Tarpon Roundup features weekend-only format 05/19/11 [Last modified: Thursday, May 26, 2011 1:48am]
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