Tampa Bay Watch Tarpon Rodeo

By: Terry Tomalin


If you want more fish, plant sea grass. It is as simple as that. Sportfish need estuaries to survive. Without the grass flats, the fish would not thrive. That is why Tampa Bay Watch has such a loyal following among recreational anglers.

This environmental group has led the way in environmental restoration for more than a decade. It counts on volunteers to help plant sea grass, build oyster bars and remove monofilament fishing line from mangrove trees.

But Bay Watch also hosts one of the top all-release fishing tournaments in Florida. The Tarpon Rodeo runs June 10-11. Anglers can fish their favorite spots in Tampa Bay from one mile offshore running north to Redington Fishing Pier and south to Longboat Pass.

Tampa Bay Watch is a non-profit stewardship program dedicated to protecting and restoring the marine and wetland environments of the Tampa Bay, the state’s largest estuary, encompassing more than 400 square miles of open water and 2,300 square miles of watershed.

To learn more, click here.

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