About the Tournament


The Chad Day Memorial Fishing Tournament is a 2 day event that's being held at Tarpon Bay Grill & Tiki Bar which is located at 7150 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota Fl 34243. The fishing tournament will start after the captain's meeting on Friday, April 9th. Last boat is to be in Sunday, April 11th at 2pm

Tarpon Bay Grill & Tiki Bar is an outdoor bar/restaurant on the bay with a menu that offers a variety of delicious food and cold drink options. 

This tournament is being held in memory of my son, Chad Day.  Chad passed away from Glioblastoma Brain Cancer May 16, 2015 at the age of 24. His love for fishing is why I decided to have fishing tournaments in his memory.  

I'm raising money for the Tidewell Foundation to support them for all the help they gave me in caring for my son.   We spent the last 2 weeks of his life at Tidewell Hospice in Bradenton.  I was able to stay there with him the entire time.  They not only took excellent care of my son but also made sure I was comfortable and had everything I needed.  Because of all the generous donations throughout the community to the Tidewell Foundtion my son and I received all this care at no cost.

This event is a family-friendly fishing tournament.  

At the event there will be:

  • Raffles (Baskets with various items)
  • Silent Auctions 
  • 50/50 Drawing
  • Pool to relax by 
  • Live Music

Tickets for the raffles will be available from 11 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday April 10th and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday April 11th.

Winners for the auctions and drawing for the raffles and will begin at 3:00 p.m. April 11th.  You do not need to be present to win the raffles but you MUST be present if bidding on an auction item.

All teams registered for the tournament will receive a Captains bucket which includes:

  • Captains Dri-Fit Long Sleeve Fishing Shirt
  • 2 Meal Tickets
  • Other misc. Items

Additional Dri-Fit Long Sleeve Fishing Shirt and meal tickets for anglers are available for purchase when registering for the tournament.  

Dri-Fit Long Sleeve Fishing Shirt will also be available for anyone to purchase at Tarpon Bay Grill & Tiki Bar on Saurday and Sunday during the event.  Prices are $20 for medium to large, $25 for X-large and above.  Package of Bridgford Beef Jerky ($5 value) with every purchase of a Fishing Shirt.


Thank you for helping me to support Tidewell / Foundation