The Waterman 2022 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors
Product Sponsors

Donation: $2000

The best part is they are all the best parts. There’s a reason we have become the yardstick by which all other skiffs are measured. The World’s Finest Shallow Water Skiffs.

Donation: $2000

Our ocean unifies our world like nothing else. And saving it from ongoing threats is a cause that affects us all. We are on the front lines of ocean protection, investing in research, leadership and advocacy that advances science-based solutions that work.

Donation: $2000

We have specialized in treating the victims of auto accidents since 2001. Let our team of dedicated medical professionals help you find relief from your pain and suffering.

Donation: $2000

Pushing The Boundaries of Modern Surveying

Gold Sponsors

Donation: $1000

We have been servicing the Tampa Bay area’s multifaceted electrical needs and maintained a 100% safety record. Our team has been providing quality and service for over 75 years.

Donation: $1000

The Difference Makers: Full service residential and commercial emergency cleanup and restoration for disasters of all sizes.

Silver Sponsors

Donation: $750.00

Captains For Clean Water is on a mission to restore and protect aquatic ecosystems for the use and enjoyment of all. Through education and advocacy, we fight to ensure that policymakers implement science-based solutions to our water quality issues.

Donation: Stand Up Paddleboard

Bold. Innovative. Unique. Catamaran style paddle boards. LIVE paddle boards offer unrivaled performance, versatility and customization.

Donation: The Ernest Hemingway Signature 9 Weight Fly Reel and other items

Fine saltwater inshore fishing equipment: Inspired by the man that started it all.

Donation: Ironwood 885 Grill Package

Traeger Invented the Original Wood-Fired Grill over 30 years ago in Mt. Angel, Oregon. We continue to lead the industry as the world’s #1 selling wood-fired grill, perfected by decades of mastering the craft of wood-fired cooking.

Donation: Power-Pole Pro Series II

With the unmatched versatility of Power-Pole, you have a shallow water anchor that deploys silently, holds strong and gives you the best shot at putting more fish in the boat – all at the touch of a button. Power-Pole puts control in the palm of your hand.

Donation: $1,500.00 Gift Certificate toward winner’s choice of Rhodan Trolling Motor 

For performance, accuracy and efficiency you can’t beat a Rhodan.  It’s the only GPS trolling motor on the market designed to use a submeter accuracy GPS.

Donation: Carbon Marine G3LR Push Pole

Fishing Advantages for Anglers. Leading the way in carbon fiber manufacturing in the fishing industry. 

Donation: One bottle of W Sauce for each participating angler

The W Sauce is bigger, better and bolder than any sauce to carry the "Worcestershire" name. It is American at it's core so we call it "W", not that name from Europe somewhere.

Donation: 3 Daughters craft beer for Awards Dinner

Family. Beer. Community. At 3 Daughters Brewing, we care about three things above all else: crafting great beer, sharing that beer with our friends, and supporting our community.

Donation: Multiple pairs of Costa Del Mar Sunglasses

Costa advanced polarized sunglasses and polarized prescription sunglasses are handcrafted for life on and off the water.

Product Sponsors (continued)

Donation: Helios 3D Fly Rod 8wt 4 Piece
Accuracy with a whole lot of power—the Helios 3D Fly Rod casts like a dream.

Donation: Simms Pro Dry Jacket and Pants 

This tournament performance mainstay now offers greater durability with increased denier face fabric, while maintaining a lightweight feel with a new modern, sleek look.

Donation: Full day flats fishing charter based upon Capt. Derek’s availability.

One of most respected captains in the Florida Keys, Capt. Derek Rust guides anglers for tarpon, permit, and bonefish out of his Hells Bay Biscayne. Based in Grassy Key, FL. 

Donation: Half day flats fishing charter based upon Capt. Greg’s availability.

Fly Fishing And Light Tackle Fishing Guide For Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Bradenton, & Sarasota. Specializing In Shallow Water Sight Fishing For Tarpon, Redfish, And Snook. Capt. Greg guides out of an 18’ Chittum Skiff

Donation: Half day flats fishing charter based upon Capt. Dustin’s availability.

Capt. Dustin, who is on the board of directors of Tampa Bay Waterkeeper, was born and raised in the great state of Florida, fishing its waterways since he was 5 years old. Being a Florida native has given him the ability to fish his whole life in one of the greatest fisheries in the world – Tampa Bay. Capt. Dustin guides his fly-fishing and light tackle clients for Redfish, Snook, Tarpon and many other species out of his Hell’s Bay Marquesa.

Donation: Two (2) License Plate Fish Art

Cody Richardson is a Colorado native who grew up exploring the rivers and streams of the Rocky Mountains.  He switched gears from a career in fire fighting to pursue a personal passion for fly fishing and unique artwork.  Starting out by creating personal designs in his home shop for friends and family, these pieces caught on through local Colorado fly shops, and are now carried sold in shops around the world. The most rewarding aspects of this career for Cody are coming up with new and intricate designs, collaborating on custom art commissions, license place ‘hunts’, and commemorating the passions and life events of his customers.

Donation: Fly lines and other items tbd.

Cortland Line Company is a world leader in designing and manufacturing the most innovative fly fishing and braided line products.

Donation: Gift Cards
Sarasota’s go-to Fly Shop!!! Here at the Compound, we recognize the amount of time and effort that goes into a successful day on the water chasing fish on the fly. 
Luckily for you, our staff has put countless hours on (and off) the water to gain priceless knowledge of the waters and fish in our region, and will help you every step of the way. Whether you're just getting into fly fishing, an experienced angler, or somewhere in between, we've got you covered.

Donation: $250.00 Gift Card
Tampa Fishing Outfitters is the Largest Tackle Shop on the West Coast of Florida with  5500 square feet loaded with thousands of fishing tackle and gear perfectly suited for the Tampa Bay and Florida fishing environments.
Their extremely knowledgeable staff of licensed captains and tournament winners will steer you in the right direction to equip you for your next fishing adventure. 

Donation: Tailing Redfish Original Acrylic on Watercolor Paper. 

Tim Borski can be found most days in his Florida Keys studio, or fishing the Keys backcountry, allegedly gathering inspiration for new fly patterns and photo reference for his art.

Donation: Gift Certificate for Florida Fantasy Fishing Camp.

Florida Fantasy Fishing Camp is a unique outdoor camp that allows young anglers to fish with the best captains in our area.

Donation: Prize Basket.

At Fresh Catch Coffee, our process is simple, and it's optimized to ensure you consistently receive the highest quality coffee possible. We wouldn't have it any other way. If there is one thing more important to us than quality coffee, it's quality water throughout our coastal ecosystems. 5% back to coastal conservation efforts.

Donation: Two (2) originals paintings; acrylic on canvas.

Design, illustration for your brand, journal, magazine and for everyone.

Donation: Custom Tied Flies

Columbia, SC | Beaufort, SC

Custom Fly & Apparel Company
Chalmers Allen | Harrison DeLong

Donation: Gift Card

Custom rods, reel and rod repair, tackle and accessories, Fly Fishing gear…

Donation: Custom Flies

Custom fly and apparel company based in Bradenton, Florida.

Donation: G. Loomis NRX + T2s 11wt

You don’t pick tournament days, tournament days pick you. While factors like wind, tide, and light can’t be controlled, angler performance can. With leaderboard glory on the line, clear a path to victory with tools forged to crush common variables. Designed for apex saltwater anglers, the NRX+ T2S series boasts a unique fusion of materials, technology, and innovative design. Increasing the casting distance “sweet spot”, Dynamic Recovery Technology provides the power, line speed, and loop stability expected from modern fast-action rods without compromising “feel” and finesse in the short game. An all-new two-piece “Tournament Configuration” offers one-piece performance with the convenience of compact transportability. A functional aesthetic feature completes the package with a glare-cutting, aggressive matte black finish, specifically chosen to boost boat side eats from wary targets.

Donation: Two (2) Galvan Grip Fly Reels
Simple, Rugged and Classically Styled.

Donation: Half day flats fishing charter based upon Capt. Brian’s availability. 
Reserve your next saltwater fly fishing adventure today with Captain Brian Jill and fish the crystal clear waters of Tampa Bay and the Gulf Coast of Florida.  Great fly fishing in Tampa Bay on the shallow water flats and beaches for Redfish, Snook, Tarpon, and more are a short distance away from Tampa International Airport and St. Pete/Clearwater Airport.  From beginner to advanced, all skill levels are welcome and casting lessons are included in your trip. Capt. Brian guides out of a Hell’s Bay Marquesa

Donation: Half Day flats fishing charter based upon Capt. Bucky’s availability. 
Capt. Bucky Goldman is a light tackle guide fishing out of Tampa Bay in his 22ft Bonefish Hill Tide Bay Boat. Capt. Bucky focuses on fishing for redfish using artificial lures (or bait based upon client’s preference). 

Donation: Fly lines and other items tbd. 
Scientific Anglers produces the world's best fly lines, leaders, and tippet, along with fly fishing accessories, reels, outfits, and more.

Donation: Prize Basket
Clothing with the DNA of Fishermen. 

Donation: Gift Cards
At Backwater Provisions Co., a family owned and operated retailer in Safety Harbor, FL, we share that same love for being on the water.  When we moved to the area, we noticed something was missing near us – a place where you can find premium fishing and coastal apparel, fishing supplies, accessories, and other outdoor products.
So, we set out to create a store with not only high quality products, but also great customer service. We carefully selected only the best from brands such as Southern Tide, Aftco, Skinny Water Culture, Costa, Bull Bay Rods, and more. We also worked tirelessly on developing our own American Made Backwater Provisions Co. apparel line, which was born from the goal of creating the best performance fishing shirt.

Donation: Gift card.

We are third generation Floridians and Safety Harbor Outfitters originates from everything Florida. Everything Florida to us means fishing, surfing, skating, diving, wakeboarding, spearfishing, hunting, having a few too many at the sandbar, and much much more. Throughout all this Florida fun, fishing has always been our first love for everything water. SHO will highlight our passion for fishing and the water in various ways, while having a constant focus on conservation.

Donation: Multiple art pieces.

Donation: Rawsome Raw Bar

The Lost Coast Oyster Company aims to revitalize the lost industry along Florida's Gulf Coast and become a leader in sustainable aquaculture practices.  By utilizing innovative off-bottom farming techniques we produce high-quality boutique oysters destined for the premium half-shell market.  The Lost Coast Oyster Company's ultimate goal is to create a locally-sourced sustainable product that preserves Florida's unique environments while reinvigorating and promoting the restoration and enhancement of our natural estuarine systems.

Donation: signed copies of Fly Fishing for Bonefish and Fly Fishing for Redfish

Chico is an instructor, author and a highly sought after expert by rod and tackle companies, and has led groups and fished the world over from New Zealand, Spain, Costa Rica, the Caribbean, Yucatan Peninsula, and

Donation: Your personal photographer/videographer for one day on the water documenting your catch OR one of Tommy’s tarpon prints on Canvas or Metal.

Growing up in the Florida Keys instilled an insatiable allure of the water early in Tommy's life, so it's only natural he chose to specialize in photography featuring his limitless passion of the outdoors, fishing, and boating. His creativity and instinctive comfort behind the lens produces incredible lifestyle shots, product feature, and real estate photography as well. 

Tommy's work has been printed on clothing, featured by Costa, Grundens, Florida Sportsman Magazine, and Saltwater Sportsman Magazine, just to name a few. The photos featured on this site are only a limited representation of his extensive portfolio.