There were 24 tarpon caught on the first day of competition in the World's Richest Tarpon Tournament.
Team Reel Reel Reel with Capt. Dave Robinson is in first place. Team Leader Lawrence Leszczynski, Angler Dave Robinson, Angler Jeremiah Acevedo and Angler Shawn Durrant have three releases.
Team Tracy Lynn with Capt. Willie Mills is in second with three as well.
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2012 World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament
• Day one of the 2012 World's Richest Tarpon Tournament begins on Thursday May 17 with fishing beginning in the Pass at 3 p.m. Fishing will end at 7 p.m. No events are scheduled for Thursday night.
• Day two of the 2012 World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament begins on Friday, May 18 with captains and anglers taking to the Pass and beyond at 3 p.m. Fishing will end at 7 p.m.
• The WRTT awards ceremony will be held downtown at 8:30 p.m.
BY MARCY SHORTUSE - The “big three” of Boca Grande tarpon tournaments will be held next weekend, May 17 through May 20, and it promises to be a weekend you’ll never forget. This year marks the renewal of the Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce’s World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament, the second year of the biggest children’s tarpon tournament, and a date change for the Chamber’s Ladies Day Tarpon Tournament.
BY LIZA STROUT - The packing has begun for the temporary closure of the Johann Fust Community Library. June 1 is the big day, and the staff and volunteers at the library are hard at work sorting and packing to be ready for the start of renovations.
The books are coming off the shelves, being inspected and one-by-one they are joining the growing piles of boxes in the library.
“The first day, I brought in 20 boxes, and we filled them,” said Michael Miller, administrator of the Johann Fust Library Foundation. “The second day I brought in 30. Today, I picked up 50 more boxes.”
Boca Grande guides were running hot for the Raymond James Classic this year, which was hosted by the Gasparilla Inn & Club on May 3 and 4. Capt. Sandy Melvin and Capt. Mark Becton both took honors.According to tournament officials, more than $97,000 was raised for cystic fibrosis research through the tournament this year.
The Grand Champion team included winning angler Ron Walker, his partner Michael Vaughn and their guide, Melvin. Walker caught the first slam, which includes a snook, redfish, tarpon and trout.Angler Gary Head, on the boat with Becton, another local guide, also caught a slam and tallied the most points for the event.
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