Congratulations 2021 Top Taggers!


We would like to thank Star Rods, Costa Del MarAFTCO, and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation for providing strong incentives for fishermen to tag and release small, healthy, dolphinfish for the Dolphinfish Research Program (DRP) in 2021.  These premier fishing tackle companies and sponsors of the DRP have shown their commitment to the conservation of this important fishery by donating top quality equipment and art for incentive awards to encourage fishermen to assist the DRP.  This year, we are distributing $2,900 worth of gear and art to 32 captains and their crews who collectively tagged and released 1563 dolphin!  When you combine the value of our year-end awards  with additional tagging and recapture awards distributed in 2021, our program, through the support of our sponsors, distributed $5,450 worth of fishing gear and products.  View the images to the left to see what each top tagger won for their 2021 tagging effort.  A complete list of all 2021 award winners is listed below.  Congratulations to our 2021 top taggers! 

To qualify for the DRP year-end awards, a vessel needs to tag and release and submit at least 20 dolphinfish tag deployment reports to the DRP by 12.31.2022.  This year, we are also offering monthly tagging awards, recapture awards, and free tee shirts for any angler or captain that tags at least 10 dolphin.  We are also continuing our regional MAB tagging awards program.  Tag some dolphin this year to increase data collection on this species and we will reward you for your effort!


  • Top Private Boat Tagging: Don Gates Killin’ Time II  – 428 Tagged
  • 2nd Private Boat Tagging: Tim Heiser Irish Wake  – 72 Tagged
  • Top Charter Boat Tagging: Jimbo and Rick Thomas Thomas Flyer – 167 Tagged
  • 2nd Charter Boat Tagging: No Qualifier   
  • Top Captain with the Scouts at Florida Sea Base – Chase Benedict Explorer Scout and Dorado – 101 Tagged
  • 2nd Top Captain with the Scouts at Florida Sea Base – Bryan Gilmore Wahoo 82 Tagged
  • Top Boat Tagging in the SAB: David Wamer WamJam -146 Tagged
  • 2nd Boat Tagging in the SAB:  Dane Dellenbach Knotty Seacrets – 46 Tagged
  • Top Boat Tagging in the Tropics: Gary Marshall Wine Down – 90 Tagged
  • 2nd Boat Tagging in the Tropics:  Jeffrey Liederman Sandman 82 Tagged
  • Top Boat Tagging in the MAB: No Qualifier 
  • 2nd Boat Tagging in the MAB:  No Qualifier 
  • Top Boat Tagging in the GOM: No Qualifier 
  • 2nd Boat Tagging in the MAB:  No Qualifier

Notable Mentions for Tagging More Than 10 Dolphin:

Jay Blakeley and Jay Thompson Margaritaville (45); Jim Ivey Drs Orders (40); David Neblett Hit That and T2 (32); Mike Prendergast Reel Therapy (23); 
Matt Joyce Osprey (15) Mario Emilio Catch and Release (14)Robi Birriel Nuri (14)Robert Malloy Reel Thunder (14)Jon Reynolds Dropback Fishing Charters (14)Don Williams Knot Covered (13)Miss Darien (13)Willie Howard Captain Willies Charters (12)Eric Marest Florever (12)Charles Brooks Perfect Circle (12)Julien Brossel Madatet (12)Miss Tropic Star (12)Phillippe Louchez Sailfish (12)Ed Kattel Coolcat (11)Steve Karwatt Watt Fun (11); Frank Betz Leviathan (10)Rick Persson Swamphopper (10)Jimmy Crochet Rising Sons (10)

Tag and Release Awards

Tag Small Dolphin and Win!

If you are interested in participating in the Dolphinfish Research Program and qualify to win tagging awards click here to request a kit.  For more information about how you can qualify for 2022 DRP tag and release awards click the icons below.

Click here to see our 2020 award winners

Click here to see our 2019 award winners

Click here to see our 2018 award winners.

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