The Jim Mastry Father’s Day Trophy

“…Dads are most ordinary men, turned by love into hero’s,
adventurers, story tellers and ultimately catchers of big fish.” 

Jim Mastry, the namesake of the STR Father’s Day Trophy, spent more than 50 years tarpon fishing, and competing in the Suncoast Tarpon Roundup. Reflecting on his legacy, several things come to mind. Jim Mastry was a devoted father and a generous man.  He enjoyed taking his own children, nieces and nephews, family friends children tarpon fishing, and because of his support of the Junior Division – those youngsters grew up and continue his legacy today.

This weekend, the Suncoast Tarpon Roundup would like to say thank you to all fathers who fish the STR and who have taught their kids about fishing and the environment.

The Jim Mastry Father’s Day Trophy is up for grabs Sunday, June 21st, and will be won by the Angler reporting the most releases in 24 hours. Good luck anglers! 

Edit: Congratulations to Jeff Owens for winning this year’s Jim Mastry’s Fathers Day trophy! Great Job Jeff!! 

Week 2 Releases May 23 – 29, 2015

May 23
Jeff Owens – 6:13 pm
A.J. Kirkman (Jr.) – 9:38 pm

May 24 
A.J. Kirkman (Jr.) – 6:58 am
Trent Long – 9:15 am, 5:15 pm, 5:45 pm
Jeff Owens – 5:15, 6:45, 7:25 pm
Greg LaChance – 7:33 pm

May 25 – Memorial Day 
Ryan Murray – 3:15, 5:18 am
Trent Long – 3:30, 3:45, 5:00 pm
Jeff Owens – 6:30, 7:30, 8:15, 8:55 pm

May 26
None Reported

May 27
James Roehm – 12:01, 2:01, 6:01, 11:30 am
Bill Miller – 12:15, 12:45, 1:30 pm
Nick Balducci – 4:30 pm

May 28
Joe Rufin – 4:15 am
Noah Epstein – 9:40 am, 5:45 pm
Anthony Helenek – 5:40 pm

May 29
Ryan Murray – 12:15, 12:50, 1:30, 2:18 am
Greg LaChance – 7:20, 7:39, 8:32 pm
A.J. Kirkman (Jr.)- 8:30 pm

2015 Dave Crisp Memorial Day Trophy

Dave Crisp on finale day, 1992 with Jay Mastry

A Member of the Greatest Generation, born and raised in central Florida, Dave Crisp joined the Navy as teen, and after being injured, finished his military service in the United States Air Force.  He fought in the Korean and Vietnam wars and throughout his life loved this country and loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.

After retiring from the military in 1963 and settling in St Petersburg, he became a member of the Suncoast Tarpon Roundup, and later sat on the Board of Directors for many years. Dave Crisp’s contributions to making this tournament grow spanned decades.  Dave was an Earl Gresh Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winner and one of his greatest joys was sharing his fishing knowledge with those who loved to fish.

The Dave Crisp Memorial Day Trophy is one of the most coveted awards in the Suncoast Tarpon Roundup. On Monday, May 25, anglers will be vying to release the most fish during the 24hr period to win it. The Dave Crisp Memorial Day trophy is in remembrance of all those men and women who have served this country and paid the price for the freedoms we continue to enjoy. Since his passing in 1999, his family has been proud to sponsor this trophy and support the Suncoast Tarpon Roundup.

Photo: Dave Crisp on finale day, 1992 with Jay Mastry, a long-time STR participant and sponsor

Edit: Congratulations to Jeff Owens for winning the 2005 Suncoast Tarpon Roundup Dave Crisp Memorial Day Trophy! Nice work Jeff!