Izaak Walton 2019 Tarpon Tournament Part II

June 5, 2019
Jason Duke and Ben Levene with Captain Ozzie Lessinger Win Useppa’s 2019 Izaak Walton Tarpon Tournament - Thoughts and Photos by UseppaGin - It was a hard fought victory. Twenty-four Silver King were caught on Friday and six more on Saturday. Fifteen teams competed for the right to add their names to those on a silver trophy over 110 years old. Finally, it was the team with six fish who won the Championship. Captain Ozzie Lessinger and anglers Jason Duke and Ben Levene were the victors in this year’s Useppa Izaak Walton Tarpon Tournament. Dan Stickley and Justin Dewitt fishing with Captain Mike Slattery came in second with five Tarpon, and the father and son team of Richard and Bruce Wendorf with Captain Ryan Klase finished third with four. Two days on the water, cocktails and food at the Island’s Tarpon Bar, fishermen, their families, a hard working staff… the tradition of Useppa Tarpon fishing is still an integral and vibrant part of island life. (Thank you to Ben Levene, Donald Beckstead and Rich Morris for their pictures. Thank you to Andee Grosnick Wilson for registration help and score keeping, and a thank you to Rogan White for taking me out on the water to shoot pictures.)