The Peter T. Assimack Memorial Fishing Tournament was founded in 1990. Initially it was the Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce Annual Fishing tournament. With the passing of Peter on August 21, 1996 the tournament was changed to his namesake. The Tournament has found a home for the last few years at the Tarpon Springs Yacht Club providing outstanding waterfront facilities for both the Friday night Captain’s Meeting, the last Friday in April, and the Tournament fishing with the official photo finish judging and awards ceremony that is held on the next day, Saturday.
The focus of the tournament is to involve family and especially kids in the sport of fishing. Peter was known for his contribution in the Tarpon Springs community and among his best times on the waters was introducing children and adults alike to the sport of inshore fishing. Numerous adults now owe their joy of fishing to casual invite to join Peter on the flats.
The Tournament’s major and event sponsor is Mercury marine, which has supported this tournament Since its inception through Boat & Motor Superstores by providing Mercury outboards products as part of the prize packages awarded. Other Sponsors such as Mar Marine, and Anclote Bait and Tackle By giving each child a new fishing rod and reel and many others have helped make this a premier tournament. The Tournament is a catch and release photo finish tournament, anglers submit photos only for judging, submitting actual fish is not allowed.
The Tournament is structured with an Open division ($100 entry) for those fishing with a guide on board, a Sportsman’s division ($75 entry) for which excludes guides and a kid’s (12 years and under) division ($20 entry). All kids are winners in the Peter. T. Assimack Memorial Fishing tournament, each is awarded a rod/reel combo, tee shirt and award for participating. The Open and Sportsman’s division pays three (3) places for each species, Snook, Redfish & Trout. Payouts are the same for either the Open or Sportsman division and kids are awarded trophies for places First (1st) thru Five (5th). The six (6) first place winners, one for each species Snook, Redfish & Trout in each division receive a unique stainless steel trophy representing each species and a Mercury outboard engine. All in all we average giving back to the anglers over $20, 000.00 in cash and prizes.
locations for registration forms this year are:
Boat and Motor Superstores
36851 U.S. 19 N.
PALM HARBOR, FL. 34684
Narcosis Scuba Center
Address: 926 N Pinellas Ave, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
Anclote Bait & Tackle
Address: 4413 Buena Vista Ln, Holiday, FL 34691