Team Blackwater Wins Tarpon Tournament


The 10th annual “Ding” Darling & Doc Ford’s Tarpon Tournament was held on May 13th with over $60,000 in cash prizes handed out to the anglers, including $27,000 to the first place team (pictured here) of Team Blackwater.

Team Blackater is made up of Captain Henry Frazer (center), Matt Herald (right), and Scott Hughes (left). This was their third year they participated in the tournament.

The10th anniversary tournament’s sponsorships and donations went to support conservation at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Since the tournament began 10 years ago total earnings for the tournament has topped $1 million.

Here are all the winners from the 2022 tournament1st Place:
1st Place: Team Blackwater
2nd Place: Spartan Stix
Captain Cory McGuire, Shane Earhart, Robbie Porterfield, Steve Maillakakis
3rd Place: Sun Country
Captain Cliff Utt, Marion Briggs, Dustin Parker, Tyler Marks
4th Place: Two Lane Lager
Captain Patrick McCafferty, Ed Hemann, Reed Connelly, Austin Zajack, Kyla Lunt
5th Place: The Fischer Kings
Captain Ozzie Fischer, Dena Fischer, Christian Fischer

Amateur Division: Team Kollman
Captain Will Kollman, Kevin Kollman, Tim Byal, Patrick RicVert
Senior Angler: Mary Laser, Chasin’ Poon
Female Angler: Stephanie Miller, Tarpon Time

Here were the cash prizes awarded from the total pot of $60,000
1st Place: $27,000
2nd Place: $15,000
3rd Place: $9,000
4th Place: $6,000
5th Place: $3,000