Posted by: Professional Tarpon Tournament Series | February 24, 2010

Reef Safe Named Official Sun Care Products of the PTTS

Reef Safe Named Official Sun Care Products of the  2010 Professional Tarpon Tournament Series

BOCA GRANDE, FL (February 24, 2010) – Recognizing the need to improve public awareness about the harmful effects of toxic sunscreens on coral reefs and marine life, the Miller High Life® Professional Tarpon Tournament Series (PTTS) has designated Reef Safe SunCare by Beach Buff® as the official sun care products of its 2010 series.

Reef Safe sunscreens, developed by Ormond Beach, Fla.-based Tropical Seas, Inc., are a new line of biodegradable lotions that won’t harm reefs or oceans while offering superior protection from harmful ultraviolet rays.  Reef Safe SunCare by Beach Buff is the only product on the market that can scientifically substantiate a “reef safe” or “freshwater safe” claim.

“We are very excited about our partnership with Reef Safe by Beach Buff,” said Joe Mercurio, host of the PTTS television series. “As professional anglers out on the open water, we appreciate having the best protection from harmful sun rays, and we are firmly committed to preserving the habitat of the marine life that means so much to us.”

Reef Safe by Beach Buff has been designated the exclusive and official sun care products of the 2010 PTTS and WPTTS events. The televised PTTS is the largest and richest live release Tarpon tournament series in the world, featuring five regular series events and one championship event.  The three-event WPTTS is the largest women’s fishing series in the United States.  During each episode of the PTTS television series, hosts Joe Mercurio and Sheli Sanders will take a “Re-Apply Timeout” as the show goes to commercial break.

“We hope that taking time to re-apply our Reef Safe sunscreen during the shows will remind anglers and beachgoers to do the same the next time they’re out in the sun,” said Mercurio.

A Reef Safe tournament team and their eye-catching Reef Safe boat wrap will be unveiled prior to the season.

“We can’t wait for the tarpon season to begin, because we’re all anglers and fans of the show,” said Dan Knorr, CEO and president of Tropical Seas (www.tropicalseas.com).   “We’re also excited about the opportunity to explain why biodegradable sunscreens are so important, and why Reef Safe by Beach Buff should be everyone’s sunscreen of choice.”

The PTTS is filmed and broadcast on the Sun Sports Network. The 13-week series will begin airing July 1. 2010 PTTS and WPTTS qualifying events will be held throughout May and June in Boca Grande, Fla.

About Reef Safe SunCare

Reef Safe SunCare by Beach Buff, manufactured and distributed by Ormond Beach, Fla-based Tropical Seas, Inc., addresses well-documented concerns about the damage done to coral reefs and marine life by the 4,000 to 6,000 metric tons of toxic sunscreens estimated to wash off swimmers into the oceans every year.  By some estimates, this has led to sunscreen-induced bleaching of up to 10 percent of the world’s coral reefs.  The Reef Safe sunscreens were subjected to a comprehensive series of independent laboratory tests to support and authenticate the biodegradability of the lotions.  The research found that 99 percent of the material biodegraded in seawater within 60-80 days, while no evidence of toxicity to micro-organisms and other sea life was detected. The research also found that Beach Buff’s waterproof formula allows less than three percent of the product to come off in the ocean, which compares favorably to mass market brands that lose up to 29 percent of the product immediately upon entering the water. The American Lifeguard Association, which represents more than 10,000 active lifeguards across North America, has officially endorsed the Reef Safe product line.  For more information, visit www.tropicalseas.com or www.beachbuff.com.

About the Professional Tarpon Tournament Series

The Tarpon Anglers Club is the organizer and producer of the Miller High Life PTTS and WPTTS television shows and events.  The PTTS is the largest and richest live-release tarpon tournament in the world, featuring five regular season events and one championship event, all held in Boca Grande Pass, Fla.  The WPTTS is the largest women’s fishing series in the world featuring three regular season events.  Teams may weigh one fish daily and obtain points towards the Yamaha Team of the Year Race by releasing, placing and weighing a fish.  Camera crews are on hand during the PTTS to capture the action for a 13-week television series that airs on Sun Sports Network and World Fishing Network. The show is available in over 37 million households throughout North America. For more information, video and photos, please visit www.TarponAnglersClub.com or follow us on Twitter: @PTTStv or Facebook: PTTStv.

Posted by: Professional Tarpon Tournament Series | February 22, 2010

Tarpon Anglers Club, LLC Announces Launch of Redesigned Website

Tarpon Anglers Club, LLC Announces Launch of New Online Home of the PTTS

Port Charlotte, FL, 21 FEB 2010- Tarpon Anglers Club, LLC, the organizer and producer of the “Professional Tarpon Tournament Series” (PTTS) and “Women’s Professional Tarpon Tournament Series” (WPTTS), is excited to announce the launch of their next generation website www.PTTS.tv

Tarpon Anglers Clubs developers created PTTS.tv to serve as the official website for the PTTS and WPTTS Tarpon fishing tournaments and television shows.  The new website features up to date information about the PTTS and WPTTS events and TV shows, including articles, schedules, prizes, rules, and more.  One of the new cutting edge features is the online tournament registration system that allows participants to register and pay to compete in the events online.

“The goal of the new site is to provide a cutting edge online home for the PTTS & WPTTS that mirrors the high level production value of our television shows and events, while providing relevant, exciting, and useful content for our users.” said Joe Mercurio, VP/GM of Tarpon Anglers Club, LLC

New features on the site will include an interactive media gallery with photos and video from the events, as well as full PTTS television episodes, blogs by PTTS TV hosts, and plethora of information on Boca Grande and Charlotte Harbor.  In addition users will find current and previous years statistics from the tournament events, profiles on the competing teams, and user submitted articles and fishing reports.  The website will also include a section dedicated to Tarpon which will feature articles related to the fish and fishing, as well as conservation information.

The site is currently in the beta stage.  New features and information are being update daily.  We invite you to visit and bookmark the new PTTS.tv today.

About Tarpon Anglers Club, LLC: The Tarpon Anglers Club is the organizer and producer of the “Professional Tarpon Tournament Series (PTTS) and the “Women´s Professional Tarpon Tournament Series” (WPTTS) events and television shows. The PTTS and WPTTS events and television show are all based in and around Boca Grande Pass, FL, held during May and June, and are the largest and richest Tarpon fishing tournament, series events, in the world. The tournaments are filmed and broadcasted worldwide as a 13 week television series on Sun Sports and the World Fishing Network.  For more information visit, www.PTTS.tv

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Posted by: Professional Tarpon Tournament Series | February 22, 2010

PSA-Notice to Fishing Guides

Permit Needed to pick up Customers

In the past some of you have picked up your charter customers on the beach of Gasparilla Island State Park.  This practice is a violation of State law punishable by a citation with escalating amounts based on the number of infractions.  However, there is a process by which you can obtain a permit that will allow you to utilize the beach of Gasparilla Island State Park as a pick up location for you and your customers.  Below is the process you must undertake to obtain the permit.

Process to Obtain Permit:

Point of Contact:

Mr. Chad Lach
Park Manager-Gasparilla Island Administration
P.O. Box 1150
Boca Grande, FL 33921
Phone: 941-964-0375
Fax: 941-964-1154
Email: Chad.Lach@dep.state.fl.us

  • Send Mr. Lach a letter and include the following information:
  1. What service you are providing.
  2. Who your customers are.
  3. What days/times you will be picking customers up.
  4. Estimate the number of customers you will be picking up per day and per year.
  5. How much you will be charging customers to fish.
  • You must also provide the following supporting documentation:
  1. Copy of USCG issued Merchant Mariners license
  2. Proof of vessel safety inspection
  3. Proof of Insurance- Workers Compensation, General Liability, Vessel Liability
  4. Jones Act Coverage

WARNING! This process can take some time to complete.  If you plan on obtaining the permit, it is recommended you begin the process immediately.  State officers will be checking and enforcing permits in 2010.  For further information or questions please contact Mr. Lach.

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

Boca Grande, FL – 21 February 2010 – Tarpon Anglers Club, LLC, the organizer and producer of the “Miller High Life Professional Tarpon Tournament Series” (PTTS) tournaments and television show, will hold its 2010 PTTS regular series events on: May 23, May 30, June 6, June 13; and the Tarpon Cup Championship on June 22.

“We are very excited about the 2010 season,” said Joe Mercurio, VP/GM of the Tarpon Anglers Club. “Despite difficult economic times the PTTS is growing in 2010, and with the demise of national Redfish tournament circuits, we have emerged as the largest, richest and most visible inshore saltwater fishing tournament in the USA.”

The PTTS held in Boca Grande Pass, FL, is the largest and richest live release Tarpon tournament series in the world.  The series pits the world’s top 50 Tarpon fishing teams in a three hour, head to head, gunwale to gunwale battle for a series purse payout of over $250,000 in cash and prizes.  The PTTS events are filmed and broadcast as a 13-week, one hour television show on Sun Sports and the World Fishing Network.  Teams may weigh in one fish daily to win weekly prizes, and accrue points for the Team of the Year Race based on weighing and releasing Tarpon, placing in the Top 5 during the events, and obtaining DNA samples from Tarpon caught.

For more information and to register to fish the PTTS, please visit: www.PTTS.tv

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About the Tarpon Anglers Club

The Tarpon Anglers Club is the organizer and producer of the Miller High Life PTTS and WPTTS television shows and events.  The PTTS is the largest and richest live-release tarpon tournament in the world, featuring five regular season events and one championship event, all held in Boca Grande Pass, Fla.  The WPTTS is the largest women’s fishing series in the world featuring three regular season events.  Camera crews are on hand during the PTTS to capture the action for a 13-week television series that airs on Sun Sports and World Fishing Network. The show is available in over 37 million households throughout North America. For more information, video and photos, please visit www.PTTS.tv or follow us on Twitter: @PTTS or Facebook: PTTStv.

This press release contains forward-looking statements with respect to events, partners, customers, future growth and other matters.  Tarpon Anglers Club, LLC warrants these statements are true at the time of writing, but is under no obligation to update such written statements if conditions change or unexpected occurrences happen to affect the accuracy of the statement afterwords.

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