Celebrated sportscaster Curt Gowdy (1919-2006) was a founding member of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, where his commitment to fisheries conservation was exemplary.
He emceed the George Bush Cheeca Lodge Bonefish Tournament, the Ocean Reef Backbone Tournament, and the Redbone Celebrity Tournament banquets—roles that helped raised substantial funds for the conservation work of BTT.
The winner of 13 Emmys, Curt was the first sportscasters to win the prestigious Peabody Award for distinguished and meritorious public service for American radio and television stations. He especially loved fishing for bonefish, tarpon, and permit, and was instrumental in introducing countless anglers and a number of noted sports figures and celebrities to the joys of shallow saltwater fishing through the television series, American Sportsman.
Bonefish & Tarpon Trust’s Curt Gowdy Memorial Award is awarded to anglers who, like Curt, are committed to conserving the great outdoors. Through their actions and passion, they have inspired others to join in BTT’s ongoing efforts protect and conserve bonefish, tarpon, permit and their habitats.

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