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Sarasota County presents Bridge-to-Bridge Bay Slam Fishing Tournament

Post Date:05/06/2024 9:00 AM
SARASOTA COUNTY - Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources is excited to introduce the Bridge-to-Bridge Bay Slam, a catch-and-release fishing tournament for non-motorized vessels set to take place on Saturday, May 18, on Sarasota Bay.

The event kicks off with a pre-tournament meeting on Friday, May 17, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. at the Phillippi Estate Park pavilion, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 

Anglers should bring their own gear and kayak to have the opportunity to fish for Red Drum, Spotted Seatrout and Snook. Each angler must catch and release one of each species, and the largest overall length of all three species combined will be the winner.

Fishing begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, covering the expansive Sarasota Bay from the Coon Key Bridge and Ringling Causeway to Blackburn Pointe Bridge. Photo submissions will be scored at 2 p.m. with results announced at 4 p.m.

This tournament offers a unique opportunity for anglers to showcase their skills and compete in a friendly environment. The event is supported by the generous donations of Economy Tackle, Dolphin Paddle Sports, CBs Outfitters, All About Fishing, Kayaking SRQ and Paradise Adventures.

Registration is now open with a fee of $45 per angler. Anglers must complete registration by 5 p.m. on May 17 to secure their spot. Onsite registration will not be available because of a limited entry of up to 100 anglers.

The tournament features three divisions to accommodate anglers of all ages: Small Fry (ages 9 and younger), Junior (ages 10-17) and Open (ages 18 and older).

Scoring will be based on a catch, measure and photo and release method, promoting marine conservation and sustainable fishing practices.

For more information and to register, please visit or call 311.
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