2019 Official World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament Artwork
Artwork: “Richest Memories”
Artist: Kelly Reark
Award-winning marine artist Kelly Reark draws much of her inspiration from fishing in Boca Grande and Chokoloskee. Growing up in an adventurous family provided endless opportunities while fishing and hunting to explore her native Florida. What started as poking about oyster bars and mud flats grew into her degree from the University of Miami.
Each year that I create the artwork for the World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament, it is a very special honor to me. I love the Boca Grande fishery for so many reasons. The people I’ve fished with and the exhilaration of catching the mighty silver king are priceless. We are blessed to live in such a special place where the tarpon pile up and present us with the spectacle of huge rolling and feeding schools. Watching the crabs run on the tide or a fish evading a large and looming shadow of a bull or hammerhead are sights common here, unlike anywhere else.
When I sit back in my chair on a drift of the pass, I often think about my previous tarpon experiences. Every single one was an event shared with friends and loved ones that I truly cherish. Fishing is as much about people and relationships as it is about the fish. Much love to all who are part of this incredible fishery that is Boca Grande. You are my “Richest Memories”.
The original artwork is available (www.KellyReark.com) and will be on display during the Street Festival tournament weekend. A limited edition print and other merchandise featuring the art will be sold by the Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce. Celebrate with us the traditions we’ve enjoyed for decades of tarpon fishing in Boca Grande Pass.