15th Sturdivant Island Tuna Tournament

The Largest Tuna Tournament in Northern New England with prizes of $12,500 anually, a $50,000 Grand Prize for catching the Maine State Record Tuna and charitible contributions approaching $500,000 to date!!
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June 11, 2012 - PRLog -- South Portland – This year marks the 15th annual Sturdivant Island Tuna Tournament.  Festivities are open to the public, and begin the afternoon of August 1st at Spring Point Marina, South Portland with the Captain’s Meeting, Fundraising Auction, and Cash Raffles.  Tournament fishing officially begins at 12:00 AM Thursday, and concludes at 4:00 PM Saturday.  The 15th SITT Awards dinner is Saturday at 6:00 PM, and is also open to the public.

Those Captains who land the five largest Blue-fin tuna qualify for cash prizes: 1st place is $6,250, 2nd is $3,250, $1,500 for 3rd, $1,000 for 4th, and $500 for 5th place.  The tournament is limited to 40 pre-registered boats and the accumulated entrance fees pay for the $12,500 prize money.  As an added incentive, the largest blue-fin tuna landed that officially sets the Maine State Rod and Reel Record (819 lbs), will win a Grand Prize award of woddf $50,000!  Last year, Captain Imad Khalidi and the crew of Reel Action took home the $6,250 first-place prize when they brought in the largest tuna weighing 681 pounds.

Over the past 14 years, with the help of tournament participants and generous sponsors, the Sturdivant Island Tuna Tournament has made charitable contributions approaching $500,000!  Some of this money has been donated to established scholarships at five of Maine’s Community Colleges: Central Maine CC, Northern Maine CC, Southern Maine CC, Washington County CC, and York County CC.  In addition, donated funds have been given to the Byron R. Gouzie Foundation, the McAuley Residence at Mercy Hospital, the Isaac Baker "Baker-Mobile" fund, and the Maine Community Foundation.

In 2010, at a red carpet banquet in Washington D.C., SITT was awarded the prestigious Council for Resource Development Benefactor Awards for its many contributions to Maine’s community colleges.

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