Ladies, it’s almost time to catch ’em up!

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Artwork by Brendan Coudal

The 2015 Ladies Day Tarpon Tournament is right around the corner, with fishing on Saturday, May 9 and the captain’s party on Friday, May 8.

This is the Boca Grande Chamber of Commerce’s official 25th Anniversary celebration of an island tradition, and it begins on Friday night at 5 p.m. with the Captain’s Party at the Crowninshield Community House. Register your teams and pick up your meal tickets and bags, then begin the official celebration at 6 p.m. The captain’s rules will be read at 6:30 p.m. and the party goes until 9 p.m.

Music will be played by the Kollections, and food will be served by the Loose Caboose.

Extra meal tickets are available for $25 for those who are not fishing, but want to join in on this celebration. They can be purchased at the Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce.

Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the Captain’s Party, and the tournament committee worked hard to get some great items. There will also be a special raffle to win a 2016 LDTT registration for $20 a ticket. In addition to the raffle items, there will be a silent auction for two paddleboards provided by Jeff Harvey at GT Surflines.

This year’s Limited Edition/Signed posters by Brendan Coudal are now available for sale at the Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce for $20. Coudal’s posters have been known to sell out quickly, so, be sure to get yours while they last. Brendan’s art will also be available on Tervis tumblers, T-shirts and long-sleeved performance shirts in the near future. Contact Lew at the Chamber to pre-order these items at 964-0568.

Saturday, May 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. the tournament will be held. An awards ceremony will follow immediately afterward at the Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce on East Railroad Avenue.

“Thank you to all who have supported this tournament,” said Lew Hastings, executive director of the Boca Grande Chamber of Commerce. “We are looking forward to celebrating an amazing 25 years.”

Visit the Ladies Day website for the registration and rules, ladiestarpon.com. Check out the Ladies Day Tarpon Tournament Facebook page for current updates.

For more information contact Lew Hastings at the Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce at 964-0568 or Melissa Laterza at Englewood Bank & Trust, 473-4504.