As Tarpon were making their annual migration to the Gulf shore, the 2nd Annual Raymond James Corporate & Executive Services Tarpon Tournament was held in Boca Grande June 8—10. There were many new attendees this year as representatives from Chesapeake Energy, Marine Max and St Joe were eager to strip the title of Tarpon Champ from defending champion, Pam Kline of SBA Communications.

    There were 6 teams in this years tournament with the money being bet against the “girls”. Mother Nature was very cooperative during the tournament however there is some debate as to how cooperative the fish were. Not long into the tournament, Kurt Frahn caught, fought and landed what would turn out to be the biggest catch of the day (202—206 pounds). This catch set the bar high right from the start and would eventually earn Kurt the title of Tarpon Champ for 2007. There were attempts at beating this record: Bob— 135 lbs; Jeff—160 lbs; and many others at unknown weights because they got away—or did they simply catch the bottom? Many fines were collected this year for catching the bottom! Die hard Neil finally hooked one only to lose it after fighting it for a good 45 minutes. Afternoon seas were rough but all of the teams continued to fish!! The girls boat would not be as lucky this year, catching nothing but the bottom as they ran aground at the end of the day while trying to get back to the docks!

Friday night was the “get to know you” dinner. During this meal the fining committee was picked and the “rules” of the tournament were explained. Fines were imposed for not fishing, losing a fish, catching the bottom, being sea sick or just plain “whatever”. Fines collected in the 2nd Annual tournament exceeded fines collected last year raising the winning pot to the highest yet...    :: Read More