The Peter T. Assimack Memorial Fishing Tournament was founded in 1990. Initially it was the Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce Annual Fishing Tournament. With the passing of Peter on August 21, 1996, the tournament was changed to his namesake and the City of Tarpon Springs declared the last Saturday in April to be Peter T. Assimack Day.
The Tournament has found a home for the last few years at the Tarpon Springs Yacht Club. The Tarpon Springs Yacht Club provides outstanding waterfront facilities for both the Friday night Captain’s Meeting, and the weigh-in and awards ceremony on Saturday.
The focus of the tournament is to involve family and especially kids in the sport of fishing. Peter was known for his contribution in the Tarpon Springs community and among his best times on the waters was introducing children and adults alike to the sport of inshore fishing. Numerous adults now owe their joy of fishing to a casual invite to join Peter on the flats. The tournament’s major and event sponsor is Mercury Marine, which has supported this tournament since its inception. Through Boat & Motor Superstores, Mercury outboard products are part of the prize packages. Many sponsors and supporters have helped make this a premier tournament.
The Tournament is a catch and release photo finish tournament. Anglers submit photos only for judging. Submitting actual fish is not allowed. The Tournament is structured with an Open Division ($110 entry) for those fishing with a guide on board, a Sportsman’s division ($80 entry) which excludes guides, and a Kid’s Division (12 years and under) ($20 entry). All kids are winners in the Peter. T. Assimack Memorial Fishing tournament, as each is awarded a rod/reel combo from Anclote Bait & Tackle, tee shirt and award for participating. The Open and Sportsman’s division pays three (3) places for each species, Snook, Redfish & Trout. Payouts are the same for either the Open or Sportsman division and kids are awarded trophies for places First (1st) thru Five (5th). The six (6) first place winners, one for each species Snook, Redfish & Trout in each division receive a unique stainless steel trophy representing each species and a Mercury Trolling Motor. All in all we average giving back to the anglers over $20, 000.00 in cash and prizes.
The Peter T. Assimack Memorial Fishing Tournament is a Not-for-profit Tournament run entirely by volunteers. These volunteers are friends and family of Peter and all the profits of the tournament are used for Tarpon Springs High School Scholarships. As of 2013, there have been 58 High School Senior recipients of this scholarship.