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

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 80s and 90s the Tournament was in its hay day with celebrity anglers from the band Alabama, corporate sponsorships, Budweiser Girls and legendary […]

Dads, their babies, and the fishing tradition

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 TONYA BRAMLAGE – There was a time, and it seems more and more like an ancient time, when […]

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

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 Grande Pass in search of a win. By the end of day one there were five releases, with the […]

World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament back on for 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 & Friday, June 10-11 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. “The Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the 38th Annual World’s […]

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

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 anglers to find publicly-accessed fishing piers, jetties and fishing-specific bridges in freshwater and saltwater locations throughout the state. Visit MyFWC.com/PierFinder to search for […]

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

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. According to Capt. Sandy Melvin, the founder and coordinator osf the tournament, this is the world’s greatest kids fishing […]

Catch fish, win prizes at youth fishing tourney

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 Market). Tournaments are for boys and girls ages 15 and under.  Bait will be provided (no lures allowed). This […]

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

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 Market). Tournaments are for boys and girls ages 15 and under.  Bait will be provided (no lures allowed). This […]

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

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-year arrangement, the world class instructor will oversee Coral Creek’s teaching program, train the professional staff in his methodology and be available to members […]

Stories of early island fishing guides (Part II of II)

Part I of this series ran in the August 21 edition of the Boca Beacon. You can find it online at bocabeacon.com, or on our Facebook page with the same name. SUBMITTED BY THE BGHS- Boca Grande’s early fishing guides prepared the way for their sons, grandsons and even later descendants both by teaching them […]