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General Tournament Info

The B.U.G.S. Classic is an open division fishing tournament where anglers target snook, redfish and trout. The entry fee is $300.00 per boat with cash prizes awarded. This year's tournament will be held on Saturday, May 13th.

The tournament will begin at 7:00 a.m. sharp off Erin Island and end at 3:00pm. All boats must check in on the morning of the tournament to receive measuring sticks and markers. Check in will be at the grey Sea Hunt tower boat anchored off the north side of the island. This boat will be well marked and easy to find!

All teams will need to have a digital camera, or camera phone, to record fish caught. In the past, polaroid cameras have been provided. This year, however, participants will need to supply their own camera. Pictures must clearly show the numbers on the measuring sticks in order for that entry to be valid. Take extra pictures if necessary!

Any anglers eligible for prizes must be in line BEFORE 3:00 p.m. at Marker 1 Marina. Docking space for boats will be provided. Once all photos have been submitted, winners will be announced and cash prizes awarded. In addition to awards, there will be an after party with food and drinks for anglers, sponsors, friends and family.

erin island

Locations and Times

After Party/Weigh Ins

After Party: 11:00 am (food at 1:00pm)
Weigh Ins: In line BEFORE 3:00pm

Marker 1 Marina
343 Causeway Boulevard, Dunedin, FL
(727) 733-6306 ยท

Tournament Start

Check In: before 7:00am
Fishing Hours: 7:00am - 3:00pm

Erin Island
Second spoil island north of Dunedin Causeway


  1. 2-4 fisherman per boat. $75.00 each additional person on vessel
  2. All fishing tackle is legal (live bait or lures).
  3. All live/release wells must be inspected and be empty of target species prior to the shotgun start.
  4. All fish must be released in healthy condition.
  5. Waders must stay within 100 feet of tournament vessel.
  6. Boaters must stay an ethical distance from other competitors.
  7. All boats must check in at Erin Island before the 7:00 shotgun start to receive measuring sticks and bags.
  8. Only one fish per event will be judged. For example, if you enter your snook in the largest snook category, it cannot be used in the slam category as well.
  9. Slam awards the total length of all three fish species, snook, redfish and trout.
  10. Take photo of most spots on one side of any redfish, regardless of size. In the event of a tie, the longest redfish will win.
  11. Participants are required to use personal digital cameras to record fish caught. Cameras will be checked by the judges to verify eligible fish.
  12. If you are not in the check-in line by 3:00, you will be considered late and your fish cannot be scored. Prizes will be awarded at Marker 1 Marina following the tournament.

We ask you to do your part in safely releasing all fish caught. Drinking during tournament hours is discouraged. Please operate all vessels in a safe fashion to keep the integrity of the B.U.G.S. Classic tournament wholesome. The tournament staff, the Flatley Family, and the Erin Kay Flatley Foundation thank you for your unselfish support. We wish you all tight lines and a wonderful B.U.G.S. Classic.

Cash Prizes

tournament winners

Trophies and prizes will be awarded to all winners at the cookout following the tournament at Marker 1 Marina. You must be in line BEFORE 3:00pm to be eligible.

First Place Second Place Third Place
Snook $1000 $300 $200
Redfish $1000 $300 $200
Trout $300 $200 $100
Slam* $1000 $300 $200
Redfish Spots** $50
* Longest Slam - most total inches of all 3 species

** Redfish Spots - most number of spots on any one side of the fish

After Party

after party

The after party offers a great time to "wind down" following a long day on the water. There will be a cookout at Marker 1 Marina, and tournament winners will be announced.

We welcome sponsors, friends, family and children to join the festivities. Those interested are encouraged to arrive around 11:00 am - barbecue to begin at 1:00 pm. Awards will be announced following the 3:00 pm check-in. We look forward to seeing you there!