Shark Tagging FAQ

Ocean Grown volunteer shark tagging program active from August - November

The Cooperative Shark Tagging Program (CSTP) is a collaborative effort between recreational anglers, the commercial fishing industry, and NOAA Fisheries to learn more about the life history of Atlantic Sharks. 

Since launching in 1962 with fewer than 100 taggers, CSTP volunteer participants have tagged more than 295,000 sharks representing 52 species. More than 17,500 sharks have been recaptured, giving us data from 33 species. This information helps us better understand:

  • Stock structure
  • Distribution, movements, and migration patterns
  • Population abundance
  • Age and growth rates
  • Behavior
  • Mortality

Today, thousands of people along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts participate in this program.

How do I enter?

  • You will receive 1 entry per any item you purchase excluding all stickers. 
  • Drawing is to take place 1x monthly picking 3 individual winners.
  • To enter all requested information must be submitted to have a valid entry.
  • Winners will be announced on our social media platforms.
  • We will reach out directly to schedule and provide detailed information, so you must be able to be reached via phone & email, so please leave all information in your order!
  • Winners will be contacted to schedule the trip 3x based with date offerings. Upon the 3rd  trip request OG reserves the right to choose another winner.
  • A Q&A is required 48 hours prior to a trip so we can learn more about our guests such as experience level, any bucket list fish, medical or allergy information, etc.

How does the drawing work?

  • Drawing resets each month. All participants then too reset at 12:00am EST on the 1st of each month to submit entry any purchases need to reflect the month of the drawing. Purchases months prior are not applicable for entry.
  • Entries close as 11:59pm EST on the last day of each month.
  • Winners are announced within 2 business days of contest closure. 

Trip details:

  • All gear is provided, crew members will rig baits, gaff & unhook fish, assist with strike & reeling of fish as needed. etc. 
  • Trip point of origin is Outriggers- New Smyrna Beach, FL. Guests will be responsible transportation and lodging if needed.
  • Most trips will require a departure from the dock 5:00am EST or earlier with a typical duration of 8-10 hours. 
  • Trips are all inclusive providing catered meal & drink options. 

What amenities will be available on the boat?

  • The OG boat is a 61ft Viking convertible sportfish.
  • The spacious main salon showcases full views of all activity on deck with the comfort of A/C featuring a large U shaped couch, dinette & fully equipped gally.
  • On board are 3 full bathrooms.

What are the safety features?

  • The vessel is equipped with a EPRIB, satellite phone, 10 person emergency raft, 2 VHF radios, and lifejackets.
  • On staff for all trips is a licensed 3rd generation 30 year veteran captain, and mate.

Disclaimers before you go!

  • It's requested that all participants who are coming on the boat wear their purchased Ocean Grown Gear.
  • Participants must carry an active fishing license in the state of Florida.
  • Scheduled trips are subject to change based upon unfavorable or unsafe sea conditions.
  • Participants must be 18 years or older and a US citizen to enter 
  • Winner will be permitted 1 guest.
  • A guest under 18 may accompany the winner.
  • Targeted species are subject to conditions, time of year, opening & closing of species. 

Kacie Carrey


Born and raised near the coasts of central Florida, Kacie has been fishing since she can remember. Mostly inshore as a child, but developed her love for offshore fishing about 6 years ago. She loves to target all trolling species, but some of her favorite catches to date are wahoo and sailfish. Her and her husband own a historic hotel with a bar and restaurant inside, so you can always count on them to keep the crew fed. Kacie is happiest on/near the water, especially if her dogs can tag along.

Tiffany Martin


This is Tiffany, 28! Born and raised in Fl and she'd never move. (She hates cold weather) A mama to two girls🎀 She's an ISR swim instructor and spends every day in the water. She loves to be on the water too! Fishing, scalloping, & catching Lobster. She says no fish tastes better than one you caught yourself. 

Taylor Kinney


Taylor is a passionate angler from Florida with offshore fishing being her favorite thing to do. Her favorite fish to target are wahoo, mahi and tuna. Often bringing her 2 kids who have been fishing since they could hold a rod! 

Walt Kinney


Born and raised on East Coast waters of Florida. Walt has been hooked on the Ocean Grown lifestyle his whole life. With a passion for offshore tournament fishing he loves to target all trolling species but Mahi specifically! When Walt is not at work, you can always find him on the water. 

Julian Jones


Julian, aka Jules, grew up fishing as a child in Southeast Georgia. He moved with his family to Jacksonville, Florida where he spent his younger years surfing and inshore fishing. After the Army, he moved to Edgewater with his Fiancée, Lesley, and became the First Mate for Ocean Grown Gear’s 61’ Viking. Julian’s favorite species to target are Billfish, Mahi, or a nice Large Mouth Bass; “I just like fish that jump if you couldn’t tell.”

Tournament fishing has always been a dream of his and says it’s even better with the OG Team. He has a few species to still cross off his bucket list and hopes to make it to Costa Rica one day with Lesley and snag a Rooster Fish or two. 

Lesley Winford


Lesley was born in California and grew up around the water. She spent summers traveling back and forth between Hawaii and Lake Tahoe where she spent all her time fishing, wake boarding, kayaking or playing mermaid. She moved to Florida in her mid twenties and has an even stronger connection with the water frequently fishing, scuba diving, or paddle boarding in the springs.

She can almost always be found around the OG Boat with her Fiancé Julian, when she’s not on duty! 

If the fish aren’t biting she’s not afraid to do a dunkaroo or two, a lucky fish dance, or pull pranks on the rest of the OG crew in order to keep spirits high.

Female firefighter, Lady Angler, and Dog Mom, Lesley loves living life to the fullest and keeping it OG 🤙

Ernie Endicott


Captian Ernie is well respected a 3rd generation captain and an offshore fisherman! Spending over 35 years on some of the largest fishing vessels in the industry his passion and expertise is unmatched. Currently captaining the 61ft Viking- Ocean Grown based out of NSB, FL. Captian Ernie's favorite species to target are all billfish as there is no greater show than watching a Marlin or Sailfish explode on the bait and take off jumping!