The Don Hawley Invitational Tarpon Tournament

June 1 - 6, 2014

40th Annual Don Hawley Invitational Tarpon Fly Tournament

Click here for a PDF of the entry form for the 2014 Don Hawley Tournament.

Click here for a PDF of the Tournament Rules.

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The Don Hawley Invitational Tarpon Fly Tournament was organized by Dick Pope, Jr. in 1975 to honor the great Don Hawley whom passed away in 1974. All proceeds are directed to the Guides Trust Foundation, which helps local fishing captains during times of need.

The tournament was the first tarpon tournament to stop the killing of tarpon. Charlie Causey, guided by Captain Hank Brown won the tournament in 1986 and as the 1987 Tournament Chairman, Charlie along with other conservation-minded anglers voted to change the Don Hawley Tarpon Tournament to catch and release only.

The event remains five days long and participants can fish with either 12 pound or 16-pound tippet.

It is a wonderful opportunity for a fly angler to fish for tarpon uninterrupted for five days, to meet new and old friends and to support the Guides Trust Foundation.

2013 Hawley Awards

22 boats
82 tarpon released

Best Other Fish: Permit, Ned Johnson and Capt. Andy Thompson

Best new Angler:
John Wilson/Capt. Camp Walker
4,000 pts. 12#

Day 1 Hi Point Team: 7,000 points Carlos Duncan/Rob Fordyce
Day 2: 4,000 points Ned Johnson/Andy Thompson
Day 3: 2,000 points Greg Smith/Scott Collins
Day 4: 3,000 points Rand Holstead/Brian Helms
Day 5: Baker Bishop/Craig Brewer 2,000 - points on time

16 Pound Tippet Division

2nd Runner Up Team:
Sam Kaufman/ Capt. Steve Friedman
750 points

1st Runner Up Team:
Keith Robbins/ Jared Raskob
2,250

Champion 16# Division
Kevin Lyden/ Greg Poland
6,000 points

12 Pound Tippet Division

2nd Runner Up: points:
Ned Johnson/Andy Thompson
8,000 pts.

1st Runner Up: points:
Greg Smith/Scott Collins
11,000 pts.

Champion Angler/Guide: points:
Carlos Duncan/Rob Fordyce
12,000 pts.

Grand Champion Angler/Guide:
Rand Holstead/Brian helms
Points:13,000

2013 Tournament Winner

Rand Holstead with Captain Brian Helms

Past Champions

  • 2012 Carlos Duncan with Captain Rob Fordyce
  • 2011 Greg Smith with Captain Scott Collins
  • 2010 Carlos Duncan with Captain Rob Fordyce
  • 2009 Carlos Duncan with Captain Rob Fordyce
  • 2008 David Dalu with Captain Scott Collins
  • 2007 David Dalu with Captain Scott Collins
  • 2006 Andy Mill with Captain Paul Tejera
  • 2005 Wilson Langworthy with Captain Tony Traad
  • 2004 Diana Rudolph with Captain Tad Burke
  • 2003 Frank DeLucas with Captain Rick Murphy
  • 2002 Tim Mahaffey with Captain Rick Murphy
  • 2001 John Tebbetts with Captain Rob Fordyce
  • 2000 Scott Deal with Captain Rick Murphy
  • 1999 Eizo Maruhashi with Captain Randy Towe
  • 1998 Eizo Maruhashi with Captain Randy Towe
  • 1997 Eizo Maruhashi with Captain Randy Towe
  • 1996 Eizo Maruhashi with Captain Randy Towe
  • 1995 Bert Scherb, Jr. with Captain Tim Klein
  • 1994 Eizo Maruhashi with Captain Randy Towe
  • 1993 Bim Gill with Captain John Donnell
  • 1992 James Eckhart with Captain Ralph Delph
  • 1991 Fred Arbona with Captain Randy Towe
  • 1990 Jimmy Nix with Captain Rob Fordyce
  • 1989 Chuch Brodzki with Captain Mark Krowka
  • 1988 Joe Robinson with Captain Doug Hill
  • 1987 James Eckhart with Captain Ralph Delph
  • 1986 Charles Causey with Captain Hank Brown
  • 1985 Boyd Walker with Captain Roger Martin
  • 1984 Lundine Coward with Captain John Kipp
  • 1983 Pete Rubelman with Captain Ralph Delph
  • 1982 Jimmy Bell with Captain Gary Register
  • 1981 Chuck Helmly with Captain Roger Martin
  • 1980 Michael Schamroth with Captain Cliff Ambrose
  • 1979 Ken Bowman with Captain Gary Register
  • 1978 Randy Moret with Captain Al Polofsky
  • 1977 Billy Pate with Captain Hank Brown
  • 1976 Leonard Berg with Captain Bill Knowles
  • 1975 Weather Cancellation