Welcome to Gasparilla Island, home of the World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament!

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNING TEAM OF THE 2017 WORLD’S RICHEST TARPON TOURNAMENT,

HEY, MOMA!

CAPTAIN WAYNE JOINER

TEAM LEADER ALEX SHOUPPE

$32,400

YOUR SECOND PLACE TEAM CASUARINA WITH CAPT. CHARLIE COLEMAN AND TEAM LEADER HOWARD WISE!

$21,600

 

FIRST FISH CAUGHT AWARD WENT TO CAPT. CHARLIE COLEMAN WITH TEAM LEADER HOWARD WISE ON CASUARINA

$27,000

LAST FISH AWARD WENT TO THE TEAM ON SPOOK WITH CAPT. NAT ITALIANO AND TEAM LEADER HOWARD FRANKLIN

$27,000

PRESENTATION OF THE JAY JOINER MEMORIAL BELT BUCKLE

TO FIRST PLACE CAPTAIN WAYNE JOINER

BY JAY’S MOM BETSY JOINER AND

CAPPY JOINER,

PRESIDENT OF THE BOCA GRANDE FISHING GUIDES ASSOCIATION

NINE TOTAL RELEASES:

CASUARINA: 3:26

FAITHFUL II: 3:55

HEY, MOMA!: 3:59

HEY, MOMA!: 4:45

CASUARINA: 5:00

FAITHFUL II: 5:05

SEARENE: 5:27

SWEETWATER: 5:45

SPOOK: 7:08

THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE CAPTAINS, ANGLERS AND SPONSORS WHO MADE THE TOURNAMENT POSSIBLE!

THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR SPONSORS FOR MAKING THIS WORLD’S RICHEST BETTER THAN EVER!

THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE JUDGES AND VOLUNTEERS FOR MAKING EVERYTHING RUN SMOOTHLY!

A BIG SHOUTOUT TO THE FWC AND THEIR ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS KEEPING US ALL SAFE OUT THERE THROUGH THEIR DILIGENCE!

MANY THANKS TO THE BOCA GRANDE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BOARD MEMBERS WHO, ONCE AGAIN, WORKED COUNTLESS HOURS TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN!

THANK YOU TO CARROLL SWAYZE, OUR MUSICIANS AND OUR STREET VENDORS AND ARTISTS FOR CREATING AN AMAZING STREET FESTIVAL!

SEE YOU ALL NEXT YEAR FOR THE 2018 WORLD’S RICHEST TARPON TOURNAMENT!

 

FRIDAY, MAY 26, 2017

2:30 to 7:30 PM

Captain’s Party Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Gasparilla Island Beach Club

 

 

Congratulations to the artist of the 2017 World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament, Kelly Reark! Kelly is  an award-winning local artist inspired by her days fishing in Boca Grande and Chokoloskee. Her mission is to motivate outdoorsmen to preserve resources for the enjoyment of all.

 

 

 

 

Since 2002 Kelly has exhibited work in conjunction with fishing tournaments, galleries, and invitational or juried fine art festivals. Her work has been published in books, magazines and newspapers, and is on display in both private collections and public spaces. To see more of Kelly’s work go to kellyreark.com.

 

MORE TOURNAMENT INFORMATION 

CLICK HERE FOR 2017 ENTRY FORMS

CLICK HERE FOR 2017 SPONSORSHIP OPTIONS

 2017 WORLD’S RICHEST SPONSORS

THE TEAMS OF THE TOURNAMENT

 

 

 

CLICK HERE FOR BOCA GRANDE INVITATIONAL ART FESTIVAL

 

 

FESTIVAL MUSIC PROVIDED BY

RISING COUNTRY STAR ERIC VON

LOCAL FAVORITES THE BOCA BANDE

LOOKING BACK ON 2016 …

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Results of the

WORLD’S RICHEST TARPON TOURNAMENT 2016

MAY 19 AND 20

FIRST PLACE
Capt. Timmy Smith on Sundown

Angler John Judson

Angler Justin Davis

Angler Joel Trost

Angler Will Bonner

Seven Tournament Releases

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SECOND PLACE

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Capt. Waylon Mills on Blaze

Angler Roger Otto

Angler David LeFevers

Angler Don Bell

Angler Jeff Fry

Six Tournament Releases

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$26,000 SECOND PRIZE WINNERS

FIRST RELEASE OF THE FIRST DAY:

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Capt. Blake Cheske on Outta Line

Anglers Lewis Fernandez, Don Simon and Kacy Cheske

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$9,800

LAST RELEASE OF THE FIRST DAY:

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Capt. Charlie Coleman on Casuarina

Anglers Howard Wise, Emily Wise, Daniel Hildreth and Nicole Coleman

$9,800

FIRST RELEASE OF THE SECOND DAY, AND

LAST RELEASE OF THE SECOND DAY:DSC_5237Capt. Timmy Smith on Sundown

Anglers John Judson, Justin Davis, Joel Trost and Will Bonner

$9,800

SEE COMPLETE STORY HERE

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History of the World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament

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