William R. Mote Memorial Snook Shindig

September 28, 2018

Based on the advice of Mote Marine Laboratory scientists and their consultations with knowledgeable fishing guides in Sarasota, the 2018 William R. Mote Memorial Snook Shindig, a research-based catch, sample and release tournament, is postponed until Fall 2019.
“The reason we are postponing the tournament is a precautionary response to increased pressures on the snook population caused by Karenia brevis, or the algae that causes Florida red tide,” said Dr. Kenneth Leber, Associate Vice President for Mote’s Directorate for Fisheries and Aquaculture. “We strongly believe in taking this responsible approach, because the presence of red tide already puts stress on the snook population. Even though our tournament is catch and release, we don’t want to risk adding any further stress on this very important fishery.”

Stay tuned for more information and approved dates and times. 


Don't let Mote's snook tournament be "the one that got away!" On September 28 and 29, anglers can join our William R. Mote Memorial Snook Shindig- a catch, sample and release tournament targeting snook released by scientists from Mote’s Fisheries Ecology and Enhancement Program and our colleagues at Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Anglers of all ages can take home prizes (and new fish stories) in this tournament on Sarasota Bay. Participants will help Mote scientists find out how snook fare after being raised and released into the wild by Mote and FWC staff. We expect all anglers in the tournament to also comply with FWC Commission rules and regulations.

Interested in sponsoring? Contact Kate Knepper at kknepper@mote.org or 941-388-4441 ext 393 for more information. 

The tournament will include:

Mandatory Captain and Participant Meeting: 6 p.m. Sept. 28 at Mote’s WAVE Center (former Sea Cinema), 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway on City Island, Sarasota
Fishing: 7 p.m. Sept. 28 – noon Sept. 29 along Sarasota Bay from Venice to Cortez
Awards Dinner: 5:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at Mote’s WAVE Center (former Sea Cinema) 

Pricing  (Registration will open shortly.)

$40 registration for adults (18 and older)
$50 registration after Sept. 14
$20 registration fee for 17 and younger 
$30 banquet only

Snook Shindig entry fee includes entry in the tournament, awards dinner, an event T-shirt, voluntary participation in raffles and lots of fun.

DISCLAIMER (Check box below): By registering for the Snook Shindig, I agree that my participation, and that of my team, will constitute ONLY ethical catch-and-release fishing, with each fish released as soon as possible after its data are recorded. At all times, I agree to abide by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s regulations and best practices for fish handling along with all other applicable local, state and federal regulations.

Mote Marine Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit, 501(c)3 marine science and conservation institution. Mote reserves the right to refuse any registration application for any Mote event, at any time, as part of the process of ensuring a safe, beneficial and lawful event. Our research-focused tournaments prioritize lawful and respectful conduct toward marine species and their environment, along with excellent scientific supervision for meaningful data collection to benefit fisheries science, conservation and management.

William R. Mote Memorial Snook Shindig


Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34236