Monday, July 27, 2009

Tampa Tarpon Tournament, 1963

This image, taken by local photographer Sandy Gandy, captures A.J. Goodyear’s grand-prize-winning tarpon in the 16th Annual Tampa Tarpon and Salt Water Gamefish Tournament. Goodyear, not seen in this photograph, is accompanied on the boat Dixie Ann by guides Billy Powell, boat captain Ken Carruthers, and friend George Bayette. Goodyear also won the grand prize two years earlier in 1961.

The tournament, annually one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year, spanned two months during the summer, beginning in June and concluding in either late July or early August. During the tournament, fish could be caught from any shore, dock, bridge or boat within the designated boundaries, and prizes for winning entries included sports cars, boats, motors, television sets, and other merchandise provided by local sponsors.

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