Fishing this weekend, clean-up next Saturday

■ STAFF REPORT The Boca Grande Youth fishing Tournament will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Boca Grande fishing pier, located at the north end of the island just south of Kappy’s Market. The event is free for boys and girls ages 15 and younger. Bring a fishing pole and […]

Youth fishing tournament next Saturday

■ STAFF REPORT After more than a year, the Boca Grande Youth Fishing Tournament is back. The event will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 14 at the Boca Grande fishing pier, located at the north end of the island just south of Kappy’s Market. The event is free for boys and girls […]

Keeping it simple when it comes to explaining new shore-based shark fishing rules

■ BY MARCY SHORTUSE Last summer we wrote a three-part series on sharks in local waters and the people who fish them, as there appeared to be some confusion in the general population as to what is legal and what it not. Apparently that confusion was statewide, and that prompted the Florida Fish and Wildlife […]

Searene is on fire! 11 releases to win the Red Gill

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – It was a very eventful few hours on the evening of Saturday, June 15 as the anglers participating in the Red Gill Invitational Tarpon Tournament brought 67 releases to the boat. In first place was Capt. Lamar Joiner Jr. and his team that included Richy Edwards, Leslie Edwards, Tiki Seralles and […]

Boca Blue takes top honors in World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament!

Here are your 2019 World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament winners! Hey, Moma! with Capt. Wayne Joiner took the $12,500 prize for the last fish caught of day one. Searene with Capt. Lamar Joiner Jr. took second place for $20,000 with three tarpon released yesterday and the only tarpon released on day two, for a total of […]

License-free fishing days coming up

■ STAFF REPORT Want to try your hand at Florida fishing? License-free saltwater fishing weekend is June 1 and 2, and license-free freshwater fishing weekend is June 8 and 9. During these weekends, a fishing license is not required for Florida residents or visitors. License-free weekends provide an excellent opportunity for nonlicensed recreational anglers to […]

Fishing for a cure: 2019 Boca Grande Classic raises $240,000 for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

■ BY SUE ERWIN The 2019 Raymond James and RSA Boca Grande Classic was tremendously successful this year, netting more than $240,000 for a very good cause. The objective of this annual event is to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, an organization with a mission to cure cystic fibrosis by funding research and drug development […]

ISLAND LEO BEAT: Fishing poles stolen from two different locations

The weather may have cooled off, but the island is heating up with the hustle and bustle of season again. Visitors and residents alike are flocking back to one of Southwest Florida’s most prized possessions. Restaurants and area shops are getting busier, and the roads will soon be packed. Fishing gear was removed from a […]

BIPS’ Green Gala to feature live auction chock-full of amazing items Scooters, parties, Mexican vacations, paintings, fishing and much more

■ PROVIDED BY BIPS Heed the “Call of the Islands” and head to BIPS’ 23d annual Green Gala! The BIPS Green Gala committee has put together a collection of fun and unique items for this year’s “Call of the Islands” fundraiser, to be held on Monday, March 25 at 5:30 p.m. Start planning now and […]

… annnnnd, they’re off! Boca Grande 5K runners

The Boca Grande 5K Fun Run & Walk was held on Sunday, Feb. 24 with almost 300 runners in attendance. For complete race results, go to runsignup.com. Photos by Dusty and Len