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 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.
Adam and Sandra Baker win our UTV Raffle!
Congratulations to Adam and Sandra Baker of Canaan, ME who won our Hook, Line, and Scholarships Super Raffle! The lucky pair received a brand new Coleman 700 side-by-side utility terrain vehicle from Cabela's and a trailer to take it home on.
They bought the winning ticket at the Bailey Island Tournament.
Sandra called her girl friend and said "Once the kids were at school they’d go 4-wheelin’" They have trails right out back of their house and plan on using it there a lot, if they can keep their 4 kids out of it long enough to get a turn.
CONGRATS TO YOU BOTH! ...and a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who bought or sold tickets to this great fundraiser.
Be sure to attend the SITT Charity Auction Wednesday July 31st!
The annual auction will commence immediately following the Captain's Meeting. We have an outstanding selection of items up for grabs in our live and silent auctions this year.
Some examples include these great field glasses from Cabelas's! These are the rugged Alaskan Guide Binoculars in 10x42 magnification. Cabela's has even sent us a 150qt. cooler! Thanks guys!
This is just the beginning, we have an awesome fishing trip for two anglers at Rainbow Lake. This
is some of Maine's finest brook and blueback trout fishing. Hosted by Dave Paul and Peter Bartley, you would fly in from Ambajejus Lake Includes: round-trip plane ride, camp accommodations, and all food....and it can be YOUR own well deserved getaway!
Some other items include signed limited edition nautical prints, Box tickets to Sea Dogs games, a fly rod outfit, a fishing kite from Saco Bay Tackle. The list goes on and on.
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!
Enter our Hook, Line, and Scholarships Super Raffle!
The Sturdivant Island Tuna Tournament Charitable Organization is pleased to announce our “Hook, Line and Scholarships” Super Raffle for 2013. We will be giving away a brand new Coleman 700 side-by-side utility terrain vehicle and a trailer to haul it home with.
This rugged Coleman Outfitters UTV comes factory equipped with all the features you need, whether you’re out working or cruising on one of Maine’s many scenic ATV trails.
Follow the link to check out video of a similar unit from Coleman Outfitters! Very cool indeed.
Tickets are $10.00 each or six for $50.00. You can purchase yours and see the Coleman 700 July 31, Aug 1, 2 & 3 - at the Sturdivant Island Tuna Tournament tent at Spring Point
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 the future of Maine's next generations.
SITT 2012 - Speeches takes it again!
What a great tournament...This year the scales came alive on Friday morning with past winner Tyler McClaughlin and the f/v Pacifier bringing in a 224.50-lb fish at 9:30.
He was soon followed by Phil Chase of f/v Hook'r1 bringing in a 262-lb. fish. As a consistent contender, Chase added to his collection of trophies when he brought in second fish weighing 244.00-lb. on Saturday.
As a force never to be ruled out in the SITT results, Tom Goodwin and his f/v Impulse crew made their bid with a 238-lb fish they brought in Friday.
With his boat in the shop, our friend and supporter, Captain Peter Mourmouris of Saco Bay Tackle, brought two nice fish to the scales while fishing the downeaster f/v Dainti Lou... A 249 and a 299-lb fish to take 2nd and 4th.
Just to keep the competition intesesting, a tie for 5th place had to be sorted out. Another of our longtime sponsors, John Harmon of Team Harmon Agency 1, with his very fishy boat Banshee, boated a 244.00 fish before Phil Chase landed his. At weigh-in time however, Chase had beat him to the scales and so secured the trophy and the prize money for Hook'r1
Then there is Peter Speeches... who, just to add to the suspense, brought in that winning fish, a 329.50-lb fatty just before the scales closed. Peter is an excellent fisherman who has been on the board more often than not.This marks his third win in SITT history. His success and consistency show an incredibly high level of skill in his craft. Our hats go off to Peter and all of the 2012 SITT Captains on a job well done.
The 15 Annual SITT is dedicated to Bill Orcutt
SITT has lost a true friend and supporter....Bill was a wonderful man who was always there for us to do the 50/50 raffle. We came to call him "Dad". He will surely be missed. Our condolences go out to Bill's family and loved ones.Here is the featured obituary from the January 14, 2012 issue of the Portland Press Herald:
George 'Bill' Orcutt Jr., 85, Coached, Inspired many Kids.
Dateline:10 November 2010 - The Sturdivant Island Tuna Tournament received one of the ten 2010 Council for Resource Development (CRD) 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.
Our Contributions to the Community
With the help of tournament participants and generous sponsors, SITT has made well over $500,000 in charitable
contributions over the past 15 years. Much of the money has been donated to establish scholorships at Southern Maine, Northern Maine and Washington County 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!
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 6, 2014
6:00am - 7:00pm
5:00pm Social (Beer
and Appetizers provided) Cash Bar Available
Rules and Regs
SITT Charity Auction
Location: Tournament Tent
August 7, 2014
Begins (Lines in the water) and continues until August 9th
August 9, 2014
Closes (Lines out of water)
5:00pm Dinner Available (prices posted)
Official Scales Close
General Tournament Info:
Call Jay Alocca - (207) 772-5718 x104
Sponsorship and Donations:
Call Phil Grondin Jr. - (207) 854-1147
Sturdivant Island Tuna Tournament
11 Bartlett Road
Gorham, Maine 04038
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