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 Photos by Dusty and Len

Capt. Hubbard speaks to History Bytes crowd about fishing through the years

■ BY SUE ERWIN Capt. Van Hubbard remembers when catching fish in Boca Grande was pretty easy to do back in the day – albeit not nearly as comfortable as it is with today’s modern amenities. Hubbard is a local guide who has fished Florida waters from the Big Bend to Key West for more than […]

29 boats, two days, 113 tarpon: Blaze takes win in WR2018

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – It was raining silver in Boca Grande Pass on Thursday and Friday, May 17 and 18, during the two-day 2018 World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament, according to Tournament Director Wesley Locke. The first day of fishing, though a bit stormy, brought the ‘poons out from hiding, and boy, they were chewing. There […]

Beautiful and deadly: The sharks that swim in our waters, the people who love them and the people who fish them (A series in three parts)

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – This is the first in a three-part series about the sharks that swim in our waters, especially during tarpon season. This first part will be from a science perspective, the second part will pertain to the shark fishermen who come to our island and the third part will discuss in-depth what types […]

Fishing families take the stage, islanders in front of the camera and behind in ‘Mullet and Mangroves’

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – On Thursday, May 3 a new documentary on barrier island life had its debut on local television stations, and it featured several familiar faces and places. But don’t worry – if you missed it, then you will get a chance to see it again. “Mullet and Mangroves: The Pioneer Fishing Families of […]

2018 Pro Tennis Exhibition Series Starts January 31

■ BY JEN FIERS The 2018 Pro Tennis Exhibition Series will be held each Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the Boca Grande Club from January 31st through March 14th. The first of the exhibitions will be the first Men’s Semifinal match on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 3 p.m. among Boca Bay Pass Club’s Director of […]