This Saturday night the howling shall commence …

howl poster (Page 1)If you’re anywhere near Boca Grande Pass Saturday night, don’t be surprised if you hear some odd noises. The howling will be fierce, as the Howl at the Moon Invitational Tarpon Tournament will be taking place from 8 to 11 p.m. The entry fee is $500 per team.

Long time local fisherman Dave “Smitty” Smith will be the head judge for the events. Winners will be determined by the most releases, and an observer will be placed on every boat.

Many other prizes will be awarded as well.

According to tournament organizer Capt. Sandy Melvin of Gasparilla Outfitters, the rules for the tournaments have been designed to release fish as quickly and healthy as possible, while showcasing the traditional methods that local fishing guides use in Boca Grande Pass. They also strive to show the quality of the evening and nighttime fishing.

“Tarpon season has been so good the past few years, especially at night, we want to continue to let people know that,” Melvin said. “This will be our 11th year and the tarpon we have caught number in the hundreds. Fishing has been great, with lots of fun and excitement. We’re trying to just have some fun, and we want people to get their teams together, to enjoy the parties with food and entertainment, and even if people don’t feel like fishing they can come down to the Lighthouse and support the local fishing guides.”

The monies raised from the Howl at The Moon event will benefit the Boca Grande Chamber of Commerce’s web cam project. The monies raised from the “Ladies Night Out” benefit Relay for Life.

“We hope to make these tournaments a community-involved tradition,” Melvin said. “We want as much support and involvement that we can get, and for everyone to have a great time.”

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Last year’s winners included Capt. Matt Coleman, Donnie, Bob and Dave Cayo and John Richie. Capt. Sandy Melvin is shown here handing over their winnings. Photo from Beacon archives

For more information call Special Effects/Gasparilla Outfitters at 964-0907.