Howl at the Moon 2022 photo coverage


Outta Line takes Kids Classic!

The race for that last fish released was a tricky one, as there were two other teams fighting tarpon as well as Searene when Capt. Sandy called the tournament at 4:50 p.m., right as a severe storm was closing in off the Gulf and another was threatening from the harbor side. Team Reel Shark released their tarpon at 5:01 p.m., but Searene was still out there fighting. It took a lot of going over observer clipboards to determine who that “last fish” winner was, but that’s why observers are so important. There were 29 boats in the field for this year’s Kids Classic, with 38 anglers under the age of 10 and 70 kids older than 10. Out of the 108 total, 70 were boys and 39 were girls.

When fishing near rookeries, use caution and take care

Fishing action is heavy right now in island waters, as is juvenile bird season. Many of our local feathered brethren are taking care of their young in their nests in local rookeries. When you combine fishing and a heavy bird presence, it doesn’t always end up well.Even when precautionary steps are taken, birds can get […]

Teams are getting ready for the Gasparilla Island Kids’ Classic 

There comes a time in many kids’ lives when they have to realize they have to pony up and take on the big fish … to stare that giant silver king in the eye and tell him he’s been bested. We’re hoping a lot of that takes place on Saturday, June 11 during the Gasparilla Island Kids’ Classic, a tournament that has become a well-loved island tradition since 2014. 

Blaze jumps to first place … and ‘The Buckle’

There’s a brand new diet that’s taking Boca Grande Pass by storm … It’s called “Wear the Weight of Waylon’s Buckles,” and it isn’t for beginners. When Capt. Waylon Mills’ son Owen successfully caught and released the winning tarpon in the 2022 Red Gill Tarpon Tournament that was held last Sunday, May 29, he cinched his dad’s title as the winner of the Jay Joiner Memorial Belt Buckle for the season.