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The WRTT ‘Grande Tradition’ to honor island fishing legends Bracken and Futch

May 30, 2021
BY WESLEY LOCKE, WORLD’S RICHEST TARPON TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR – The World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament is routed in the rich history of Traditional Live Bait Tarpon fishing in Boca Grande Pass. In the…

Dads, their babies, and the fishing tradition

May 30, 2021
This story is the first in a series devoted to fathers, and their importance in our lives. Highlighted will be some of the more common activities many of us remember when we think of our dads. BY T…

Capt. Wayne Joiner and his team on Hey, Moma! take first in the #17 Classic

May 23, 2021
For more photos of the 2021 #17 Classic, go to bocabeacon.smugmug.com BY MARCY SHORTUSE – The #17 Classic, held on May 13 and 14, yielded 14 releases for the full field of boats that fished Boca Gr…

World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament back on for 2021!

May 23, 2021
STAFF REPORT – Presented by Eagle Grille & Miller’s Dockside | Boca Grande Marina, the Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 2021 World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament on  Thursday &am…

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: FWC launches the new Florida fishing pier finder

May 17, 2021
To the Editor: Are you looking for a place to fish from shore? Check out the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s new Florida Fishing Pier Finder, an interactive map that allows angl…

Greatest kids fishing tournament on earth to be held in Boca Grande Pass on June 5: Kids helping kids is what it’s all about

May 4, 2021
STAFF REPORT – After taking 2020 off because of COVID-19, the Gasparilla Island Kids Classic Tarpon Tournament will return on Saturday, June 5, and will be held in Boca Grande Pass from 3 to 6 p.m….

Catch fish, win prizes at youth fishing tourney

February 27, 2021
STAFF REPORT – Grab your fishing pole and tackle box and come join the family fun at our youth fishing tournament on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 9 a.m. at the Boca Grande fishing pier (Behind Kappy’s Mark…

Ready to catch the big one? Mark your calendar for the youth fishing tournament on February 27

February 20, 2021
STAFF REPORT – Grab your fishing pole and tackle box and come join the family fun at our youth fishing tournament on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 9 a.m. at the Boca Grande fishing pier (Behind Kappy’s Mark…

Gasparilla Island Tennis Classic canceled for 2021

January 8, 2021
STAFF REPORT -It is with sadness that this year’s Gasparilla Island Tennis Classic, sponsored by the Boca Beacon & participated in community wide, has been canceled. Tennis surely continues to …

Coral Creek Club welcomes world-renowned teacher David Leadbetter as Director of Instruction

September 25, 2020
STAFF REPORT – The private Coral Creek Club in Placida, Florida, is pleased to announce that David Leadbetter has been engaged to serve as the club’s Director of Instruction. In an exclusive multi-…