GIFT tournament, party set for next week … fish on!

November 22, 2019
By Marcy Shortuse

The 24th annual G.I.F.T – Gasparilla Island Fly-fishing Tournament – presented by Gasparilla Outfitters, will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 26, and will benefit the Boca Grande Historical Society. The time for fishing will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and all anglers will meet at the Pink Docks. The pretournament captains’ meeting/cocktail party will be hosted at Scarpa’s Coastal Restaurant in downtown Boca Grande at 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 25. Everyone is invited, whether fishing or not.
First-place prizes awarded are courtesy of WestWall Outfitters and Josh Greer, Owner. They are two Temple Fork Outfitters Axiom fly rods, and BBK reels with wolf line.
2nd- and 3rd-place prizes to be awarded by Gasparilla Outfitters are two Backflip 24 Yeti coolers and two daytripper lunch bag coolers, as well as two 20-ounce Yeti cups. Both prizes are courtesy of Gasparilla Outfitters.
Tournament fees are courtesy of Suntech Builders and owner Pete Sanger.
Official Rules
1) All teams will consist of two anglers. Guides may fish with one angler, not with two anglers.
2) First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded on total combined length of the two longest redfish entered from each team on official measuring board.
3) In case of a tie, the team with the longest redfish will win.
4) Each fish measured must be photographed on a cell phone with the official tournament medal clearly visible near the tail, and sent by text to tournament director at (941) 628-2175 to be official.
5) All fish will be measured tip to tip, mouth closed against a 90-degree angle on tournament measuring tape. The tail may be “pinched” and “fanned” to determine the maximum length. Length will then be rounded back to the nearest quarter inch.
6) No bait chumming.
7) Wading is allowed.
8) No landing nets may be used.
9) Traditional fly-fishing equipment only.
10) All decisions by tournament officials are final.
17) Be nice. Have fun.
The entry fee is $150 per angler, as a charitable donation to the Boca Grande Historical Society. Each entry includes two tickets to the captains’ meeting/cocktail party. Additional guest tickets are $50.
“We are excited that the proceeds from this tournament will benefit the Boca Grande Historical Society,” said tournament founder and coordinator Capt. Sandy Melvin. “They are very important to the community. I foresee we will continue donating our tournament proceeds to them in the future.”
Call Gasparilla Outfitters at 964-0907 with questions or to register.