Welcome to the Sturdivant Island Tuna Tournament homepage. It is with great pride that we bring to you Maine
and New England's premier Cash Prize big-game fishing event.
When our first public contest was held in August 1998 no one
could have predicted what a smashing success it would become
with New England tuna fishermen. Based out of Spring Point Marina
in South Portland, Maine, the Sturdivant Island Tuna Tournament
has quickly developed a reputation as an event where honesty
and fair play are the rule, where camaraderie and fun come
SITT 2014 - Hook'r1 Takes It!
The 17th Annual Sturdivant Island Tuna Tournament seemed to get off to slow start. Fish were in the region but the Moon Tide made them tough to catch.
Capt. Patrick Simmons and the crew of Kelley Anne set the pace with the first tournament entry at 4:30PM on Thursday. Their nice 355.5-lb tuna would set the pace for only an hour. The Banshee boys with Captain John Harmon II would push the bar up when their 404-lb. fatty hit the scale.
At noon-time on Day 2, Capt. Phil Chase, and the Hook'r1 crew, pushed the other entries out of the running with their 537.4-lb slammer. Later in the day, we saw Mitchel Napolitano enter a chubby 291-lb. fish to put F/V Winann Jea on the board.
As the scales closed and the 3rd and final day of fishing ended Capt. Patrick Simmons entered a second fish for F/V Kelley Anne weighinging in at 430.6-lb. Their very respectable entry moved them up the leader board but would not upset Phil Chase's entry.
A hearty congratulation to all entrants and especially to Capt. Phil Chase and the crew of Hook'r1. Great job! Enjoy your tenure with the SITT trophy cup.
Don't Miss our Charity Auction on August 6th!
The annual SITT live and silent auctions will commence immediately following the Captain's Meeting (which starts at 6PM). Our generous sponsors have definitely outdone themselves! You won't want to miss the selection of valuable and unique items up for grabs!
Sportsfans young and old will enjoy the Sky Box seat tickets to the Portland Seadogs. You can use these for any one game (your choice) during the 2015 season.
Or, for you hockey fans out there, we have FOUR University of Maine Black Bear Hockey Tickets – 2014-15 Season. This package even includes a ONE NIGHT STAY at Black Bear Inn in Orono, Maine.
Check this out! We have a BIG Sports Package featuring a Golf bag signed by Boston Bruins legend RAY BORQUE , A team Hat signed by Boston Bruins Hockey Players, and even a basketball signed by Boston Celtics Legend CEDRIC MAXWELL (#31).
Cabela's has been a huge supporter of the Sturdivant Island Tuna Tournament Charity Auction again this year. Many great items for the outdoor enthusiast will be on hand.
But, this is just the beginning folks!
For you firearms enthusiasts out there, Smith & Wesson has generously donated a M&P 15-22 Rifle, brand new, and unfired. In addition, we have a 125TH Anniverary Edition , COLT 45 and case! These are all gorgeous pieces that you will be proud to have in your collection.
The list goes on and on.
A big thanks goes out to the community colleges that have donated a variety of handcrafted furniture and game tables, and lamps that you simply must see!!
Be sure to put in a good bid on the lobster bake for six on Sturdivant Island. Hosted by our very own Phil and Bette Grondin, this is a favorite with all of our SITT friends. Great food, an incredible location, and the most gracious hosts you can imagine. You will not be disappointed.
Please come by early and get your bidder number! Buy yourself or a loved one a wonderful gift while helping us put Maine Community College scholarships in the hands of those that need them most. Cash, checks, Mastercard and Visa are all accepted...and the PUBLIC IS INVITED!
Byron Shea of Orr's Island has Won the 2014 Super Raffle! Congrats!!
The Sturdivant Island Tuna Tournament Charitable Organization is pleased to announce our UTV Super Raffle for 2014. We will be giving away a brand new 2013 John Deere Gator XUV550 side-by-side utility terrain vehicle and a Tractor Supply 6'x10' trailer to haul it home with.
This rugged John Deere comes in the coveted camo colors and is equipped with all the features you need, whether you’re out working in the field or cruising on one of Maine’s many scenic ATV trails.
Tickets are $10.00, six for $50.00 or 13 for $100.00. You can purchase yours and see this very cool rig Aug 6th through 9th - at the Sturdivant Island Tuna Tournament tent at Spring Point. The winning ticket for this valuable prize package will be drawn at the awards cerimony on August 9th.
As with all of our contests, the proceeds will go to fund the scholarships we have set up at many of the community colleges in Maine. This is your chance to "Have Fun" while supporting Maine's future.
Our Contributions to the Community
With the help of tournament participants and generous sponsors, SITT has made over $600,000 in charitable
contributions over the past 17 years. Much of the money has been donated to establish scholorships at our Maine Community Colleges. In addition, donated funds have been given to the the Byron R. Gouzie Foundation, the McAuley Residence at Mercy Hospital, and the Isaac Baker "Baker-Mobile" fund.
For information regarding the various Maine Community College scholarships we fund please visit our Links page!
All of the hard work was recognized when the Sturdivant Island Tuna Tournament received one of the ten Council for Resource Development (CRD) 2010 National Benefactor Awards (www.crdnet.org). The award was given on November 5th at the Hyatt Regency on Capital Hill, in Washington DC. Our President Phil Grondin even agreed to take a few days off from hunting to attend this special event! He was accompanied by an enthusiastic group of supporters and committee members.
The SITT nomination was submitted by the Southern Maine Community College Foundation, with letters of support from Northern Maine and Washington County Community Colleges. A huge thank-you to those organizations that nominated us for this esteemed honor.
SITT 2013 - F/V Hazel Browne comes out on Top
Following a lively Wednesday night Captain’s meeting, the 16th Annual Sturdivant Island Tuna Tournament unfolded as follows….
Capt. Keith Jordan wasted no time getting on the board when he steered F/V Bailey Bella in to Spring Point marina with that first tournament entry at 10:30 Thursday morning. His 248-lb tuna would set the pace for an entire day.
When SITT Day 2 came around, Capt. Joe Mazerolle nudged the mark up by landing a nice 256-lb. large medium. Unfortunately for them, the new lead that F/V Julia and Carly 2 enjoyed would not hold throug the day.
Around 3:30PM Marty Mclaughlin and his fishy son Tyler Mclaughlin (of Wicked Tuna notoriety) would push the level of completion way up with a 466-lb. leader.
The scales were still warm when consistent contender, and 3-time tournament winner Capt. Peter Speeches, brought in his 293-lb entry at 4PM, with his nice downeaster F/V Erin and Sarah.
When Saturday morning came, Captain Ron Mitchell and the crew of F/V Hazel Browne (of Portland’s Browne Trading Company and Hazel Browne Fishing Charters) showed their might by bringing in a beautiful 587-lb slammer.
As that final day went on, the potential for an upset was always there. An 800+ lb. potential Maine State record fish was landed by a non-tournament participant and was not eligible to be entered in the event! Unfortunately our $50,000 Grand Prize went unclaimed once again.
Approaching the final hour, Peter Mourmouris (formerly Mal-Max) steered his new (to him) Duffy F/V Proud Mary in with their entry. The 300-lb. animal onboard would push others out of the money, but not be able to displace the lead of the second place Pacifier or our event champion, the Hazel Brown.
A hearty congratulation to all entrants and especially to Capt. Ron Mitchell and the crew of Hazel Browne. Great job! Enjoy your tenure with the SITT trophy cup.
BIG Prizes up for Grabs
We are talking about some serious loot guys! $12,500 is set aside every year to reward the captains who land the five largest qualifying fish.
As an added incentive, the
largest Bluefin landed that officially sets the Maine State
Rod and Reel Record, will win a Grand Prize award
SITT 2008 Big $ Score!
Back in 2008 we pooled the unclaimed 2006 and 2007 prize money along with the 2008 money and paid out cash prizes totaling $37,500 to four successful boats! Roger Gagne and his "Sea Wench" were extra happy when their nice 659-lb fatty set the standard! Congrats to everyone! To view tournament results check the leaderboard.
SITT 2006 and 2007 - the Dogfish Win!
Despite an excellent historical catch record, 2006 and 2007 were tough seasons. A huge factor has been the prevalence of the spiny dogfish in the Gulf of Maine which has essentially rendered traditional bait fishing methods useless. Nearly every boat that attempted bait fishing was swarmed by thousands of these pests. The negative impact that such an enormous biomass of predators has on our fisheries must be staggering. On the upside, many smaller tuna were landed mostly by boats trolling squid rigs but were ineligible for tournament entry.
A recent dogfish forum held on the University of New England campus in Biddeford brought out many of the stakeholders in the fisheries to review the current science and express their views. The May 2008 edition of Commercial Fisheries News contains an excellent review of the information exchanged. It's a must read for anyone with an interest in our marine environment.
A History of Big Fish!
Back in 2005, catches included the 1st place
676.5 pound giant landed by Bo Adam's crew aboard F/V Cindy K.
Fish Hunter landed another monster, this one weighing in at 648.05-lb.
3rd place fell to David Webber's crew aboard F/V Release with a 597.55-lb fish.
The details of all entries can be on our Leader
Out of the 28 boats that participated in
1998, twelve Giant Bluefin Tuna ranging from 387-pounds to
735-pounds were landed during the three day event. Our 1999
tournament action was slower but the fish ran very large.
The 931.80-lb monster landed
by the crew of Cheryl Lin set the standard for all SITT fish
to be judged by. What a behemoth! Exciting fish stories
need not be fictional when fishing the Tuna grounds of Southern
Once again, we would like to extend
an invitation to owners or operators of any vessels operating
under the General Category Tuna rules, including Head-boat
Category vessels, to join us for a fantastic tournament. Browse
this web site to find all of the information and forms necessary
to enter. If you are interested please do not delay, the tournament
has a limited entry of 40 boats. Return those forms to the
Tournament Office and get in on the fun! We look forward to
fishing with you in August!.
Tight lines and
best of luck,
Island Tuna Tournament
Schedule of Events
August 5, 2015
6:00am - 7:00pm
5:00pm Social (Beer
and Appetizers provided) Cash Bar Available
Rules and Regs
SITT Charity Auction
Location: Tournament Tent
August 6, 2015
Begins (Lines in the water) and continues until August 8th
August 8, 2015
Closes (Lines out of water)
5:00pm Dinner Available (prices posted)
Official Scales Close
General Tournament Info:
Call Phil Grondin Sr. (207) 831-7960
Sponsorship and Donations:
Call Phil Grondin Jr. (207) 854-1147
Sturdivant Island Tuna Tournament
11 Bartlett Road
Gorham, Maine 04038
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