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May 16, 2008

Miller High Life Professional Tarpon Tournament Series kicks off Saturday

The series kicks of this weekend with the exhibition Ladies Day Tarpon Tournament

The Tarpon Anglers Club is pleased to announce the kickoff for the 2008 Miller High Life Professional Tarpon Tournament Series presented by Century Boats.
 
The televised series is the largest and richest live-release tarpon tournament in the world, featuring five regular season events and one championship all held in Boca Grande Pass, Fla.   Camera crews are on hand during the PTTS to capture the action for a 13-week television series that airs on Sun Sports Network, the Water Channel, and World Fishing Network. This year the show will be available in over 37 million households nationwide and in Canada.
 
The series kicks of this weekend with the exhibition Ladies Day Tarpon Tournament on Saturday, May 17.  The event will feature over 60 teams consisting of three lady anglers and a captain and mate competing for a purse  of $20,000 in cash and prizes. For the first time in the history of the PTTS, the Ladies Day Tournament will be filmed for broadcast as a one hour special during the holiday season of 2008.

"We were very happy when the networks agreed to give the ladies their own show this year.  These women love to compete as much if not more than the men, so we are confident it will make for a great tournament and television show" says Joe Mercurio, vice president of the Tarpon Anglers Club and on-air host of the televised tournaments.
 
Sunday will be the official start to the 2008 Miller High Life Professional Tarpon Tournament Series in Boca Grande Pass. For the fourth year in a row the PTTS pro side will feature a sold out field of 50 boats competing for a purse in excess of $250,000.
 
Each week teams compete to win a Century 2102 Inshore powered by a Yamaha F150 four stroke motor, and a Continental Aluminum trailer, the package valued at $35,000. Other prizes include $7,000 for second, $4,000 for third, $500 and Reactor Watches (4) with a total value of $2,000 for fourth, and 5th place will receive a set of Free tires from Tires Plus and Costa Del Mar sunglasses.

In addition to weekly prizes team will be vying to be crowned the 2008 Yamaha Team of the Year.  This year's winner will receive a new Yamaha F350 Four Stroke engine valued at $26,000.  The second place team will receive a trip for four to the exclusive Crocodile Bay Lodge in Costa Rica.
 
For more information, pictures, and weekly tournament recaps, visit www.TarponAnglersClub.