An emergency meeting of the Boca Grande Fishing Guides Association will be held in the next few days to address minor discrepancies that came up at Tuesday night’s World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament rules committee meeting.
“Nothing will be decided tonight,” were the words that Capt. Cappy Joiner used at the meeting, and said he needed to consult with the rest of the BGFGA board before finalizing the rules.
The rules committee consists of Joiner, who is the president of the BGFGA, Capt. Waylon Mills, who is the vice president, Capt. Sandy Melvin, Chad Lach, Aaron Diaz and Richy Edwards.
This year will be the first since 2004 that the World’s Richest will return. After the Chamber decided to take a hiatus from the event in 2005, the Boca Grande Fishing Guides Association took over the tournament and renamed it the Boca Grande Fishing Guides Association Tarpon Tournament. They held the tournament every year until now.
There are some changes to the rules that include a larger fishing area, as well as leader and line weight requirements.
Hastings said they expect to have the World’s Richest rules finalized sometime in the next two weeks.
“Education and conservation of the fishery, combined with sport fishing, will be the primary focus,” Hastings said. “Safe boating, sportsmanship and responsible angling will be promoted in order to encourage a safe, successful, family-friendly event that will ensure the protection and proper stewardship of our natural resources, so that they may be enjoyed for generations to come.”
The 2012 World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament is scheduled for May 17 and 18. Capt. Tater Spinks on the Anejo was the first to sign up, with Capt. Sandy Melvin and Boca Blue close behind.
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