One of our favorite end-of-summer traditions has come and gone, leaving us with fond memories and anticipation for next year. As usual, Cabin Bluff was an incredible host to this year’s Tarpon Cup, which was held August 24-26. This year marked the 4th annual recurrence of the Tarpon Cup, and it has grown in popularity each year. Not only do anglers get to enjoy the comforts and amazing cuisine at Cabin Bluff, but the tarpon fishing can also be second to none during the late-summer months. This year’s event all went according to plan, aside from showers and wind on Saturday. The first fishing day of the event, Friday, brought absolutely perfect tarpon-fishing weather for this area. There was a mix of fly anglers and bait fishermen alike, and for the first time in Tarpon Cup history, we had a second-time event winner – Captain Allen Mills.
Dr. Aaron Adams and Luke Griffin of the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust were also present and orchestrated acoustic-tagging efforts during this year’s Tarpon Cup. This special weekend also saw the 50th acoustic tag placed in a mature tarpon – very exciting news for the future of tarpon research!
Hell’s Bay was in fine company alongside sponsors Fish Hippie, Simms, Tito’s Vodka, Release Ruler and, of course, Cabin Bluff. We are certainly looking forward to next year’s event, and we’d like to offer a special thanks to all of you who participated and helped put on this tournament!