Sports & Outdoors


Fishing ABCs, nature walks and kayaking free this month through CHEC

October 4, 2019
To the Editor: Learn the “ABC’s of Fishing” with Capt. Doug Rhees at 10 a.m. on October 16 at Bayshore Live Oak Park, 23157 Bayshore Road, Pt. Charlotte. Capt. Doug is a USCG 100-Ton Master Captain…

Fishing this weekend, clean-up next Saturday

September 13, 2019
■ 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…

Youth fishing tournament next Saturday

September 6, 2019
■ 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 th…

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

July 5, 2019
■ 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 l…

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

June 21, 2019
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….

Another terrific World’s Richest event has come and gone, thanks to the help of many

June 21, 2019
To the Editor: The 37th annual World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament was filled with Grande traditions, exciting tarpon fishing in Boca Grande Pass, expert captains, mates and anglers, generous sponsor…

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

June 8, 2019
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…

License-free fishing days coming up

May 31, 2019
■ 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, …

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

May 31, 2019
■ 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 s…

ISLAND LEO BEAT: Fishing poles stolen from two different locations

May 3, 2019
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 po…