The 2016 Don Hawley Tarpon Tournament

Hi all,

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here, but I have an update for you.

Back in June, I had the pleasure of participating in the Don Hawley Invitational Tarpon Fly Tournament down at Islamorda in the Florida Keys. It wan’t my first time participating in the tournament and it certainly won’t be my last. Even though the weather started off pretty rough, overall we had a blast. To give you a bit more info on the tournament, it was all-release for tarpon four feet and over with a 12 pound tippet division of 1,000 points per release and a a 16 pound tippet division with 750 points per release. The Grand Champion title went to the angler + guide team with the most points (regardless of division) at the end of the 5-day period.

I didn’t land the Grand Champion title, but I still ended up doing pretty well. With the help of my truly astounding guide, Captain Perry Coleman, I managed to take the Champion title of the 12 Pound Tippet Division.  As an award, both Perry and me were given some T. Borski original paintings, which you can see below. If you haven’t heard of him, T. Borski sort of the Picaso of the game fishing community. Needless to say, I’m very pleased to have won a work of his.

I can’t wait to get back to the tournament next year.

Bart Beasley and Captain Perry Coleman holding up their awards.

Bart Beasley and Captain Perry Coleman holding up their awards.

 

Thanks for reading,

Bart Beasley