Are you ready for the 2021 Kids’ Classic?

May 30, 2021
By Marcy Shortuse

STAFF REPORT – If you are interested in getting a team together for the 2021 Gasparilla Island Kids Classic, you had better scramble. While there are still spots left on the roster, all local captains have been booked. That means you will have to find your own.

If you already have a team ready for the GIKC, you must turn in your registration and waiver forms, as well as your entry fees that need to paid ASAP, before registration day. Registration for the tournament will be held on Thursday and Friday, June 2 and 3, in front of the Gasparilla Outfitters/Special Effects shop on Park Avenue, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Teams will consist of one captain and a maximum of four anglers, and the entry fee is $1,000 per team. 

Fishing will take place on Saturday, June 5 from 3 to 6 p.m. in Boca Grande Pass.

The schedule of events on the day of fishing is as follows:

From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. boat check will be held at Pink Elephant docks and Whidden’s Marina. All teams must check-in and receive the official tournament flag to participate.

At 2:40 p.m. a conservation message will be given by Dr. Aaron Adams, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. At 2:42 p.m. the “Blessing of the Event” will take place.

At 2:45 p.m. will be honoring troops and veterans, followed by the singing of the National Anthem.

At 3 p.m. the tournament begins and concludes at 6 p.m.

At 6:30 p.m. the awards presentation will be held at the Boca Grande Community Center, and will include food, drinks and entertainment.

If you are interested in getting a team together, go to or call (941) 964-0907.

Awards are as follows:

1st Place – Team and Captain

Team: Apple MacBook Air w/512 GB Captain: $1,000

2nd Place – Team and Captain

Team: Microsoft Surface Pro 7 w/keyboard 

Captain: $800

3rd Place – (last fish released)

Team: Apple iPad Mini   

Captain: $500

Plus other prizes:

1st Fish – Captain Release Prize

1st Fish – Boy Release Prize

1st Fish – Girl Release Prize

Captains Grand Prize Drawing

If you are interested in getting a team together, go to or call (941) 964-0907.