Daily DrakeForgotten_Coast_Invitational

APALACHICOLA, FL—Partnered with The Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, and Dr. Jerry Ault, Director of the Tarpon and Bonefish research center, the Forgotten Coast tarpon tagging tournament is a first of its kind, fly-only event aimed at science and conservation. The placement of state-of-the-art SPOT and PAT satellite tags is the contest’s main objective. 

“Through the vehicle of a tournament, Dr. Ault and his team will work with the area’s top guides and their participating charter anglers in a group effort to safely attach tags to mature migratory tarpon.  “Camaraderie and Conservation’ is the motto that will represent our event. The contest will be a chance for our area’s passionate tarpon anglers and guides to converge and celebrate the sport. Unlike tarpon tournaments before it, the FCI’s foremost objective will be tagging tarpon. With no line class restrictions, the fish will be caught, tagged and released without fighting them to exhaustion. With a field of 17 guide/angler teams, and 3 tagging boats covering 30 miles of coast, this event will be the largest tagging effort of it’s kind to date. Our tagging boats will be manned and coordinated by Dr. Jerry Ault and his team of researchers.”


• Tarpon Tagging Fly Fishing Tournament

• 16 Satellite Tags provided by Bonefish and Tarpon Trust (BTT)

• A two day event on Thursday and Friday, June 14 & 15, 2012

• Event Headquarters

Apalach Outfitters 

29 Ave E

Apalachicola, FL 32320

(850) 653-3474 (FISH)

• Invitations to 17 fly fishing tarpon guides and their charter angler(s)…up to two charter anglers per skiff. $500 Entry Fee per skiff

• Permitted waters will be from the Ochlockonee River to West Pass and north to the Apalachicola River

• Pre-Tournament Kickoff Event/Captain’s meeting Wed night, June 13 at 5:30 p.m. at Apalach Outfitters.  Dinner and refreshments will be provided. It is mandatory that captains attend. Charter angler attendance is encouraged but not required

• Forgotten Coast Invitational Awards Banquet Friday night, June 15 at 7:00 pm at The Owl Cafe


Tom Morgan

Apalach Outfitters

(850) 653-3474 (Shop)

(850) 419-7554 (Cell)

Captain David Mangum

Shallow Water Expeditions

(850) 496-0594 (Cell)

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Tom Bie is the founder, editor, and publisher of The Drake. He started the magazine in 1998 as an annual newsprint publication based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He then moved it to Steamboat, Colorado (1999), Boulder, Colorado (2001), and San Clemente, California (2004), as he took jobs as managing editor at Paddler, Senior Editor at Skiing, and Editor-in-Chief at Powder, respectively. Tom and The Drake are now both based in Denver, Colorado, where The Drake is finally all grows up(Swingers, 1996) to a quarterly magazine.

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