THE 2017 ED ALBER TARPON RODEO

ALL-RELEASE FISHING TOURNAMENT

took place

JUNE 8-9, 2017

at the

TAMPA BAY WATCH MARINE AND EDUCATION CENTER

 

Cast. Catch. Release. Restore! Thank you to all of the sponsors, attendees, anglers, auction donors, volunteers and staff who made the 12th Annual Ed Alber Tarpon Rodeo a great success for the programs of Tampa Bay Watch. With your help, we raised around $120,000 for our year-round education programs and restoration initiatives. A special thanks to Keith Overton and the TradeWinds Resort for hosting a fantastic dinner and auction on Thursday night, followed by the tournament judged by the CCA on Friday. Elusive as the tarpon may have been, Teams Bonefish Grill and South Branch Ranch managed to reel in the top prizes!

 

LINKS TO PHOTOS OF THE EVENT: Captain's Banquet | Shotgun Start (Fishing Day) | Awards Dinner

 

 

 

THANKS TO THIS YEAR'S TARPON RODEO ARTIST...

 

Thomas Krause, one of Florida’s finest marine and wildlife artists, has combined two of his lifelong passions into his work – art and wildlife, and particularly marine life. Born in Mt. Clements, Michigan, Tom had been a resident of Florida since 1979. He graduated at Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, and as a student was featured in the Best of Ringling shows. He has appeared locally in magazines, newspaper articles and has been on regional television.

Marine life dominates his creativity on canvas. His astounding ability to light his subject material below water with refracted light is breathtaking. Much of this stems from Tom having spent plenty of time under water himself in the Gulf of Mexico and Carribean waters.

 

 

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