The Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce will present four tarpon tournaments to anglers this year, as the Gasparilla Outiftters’ Howl at the Moon Tournaments come under our wing.
Capt. Sandy Melvin, owner of Special Effects/Gasparilla Outfitters and Chamber board member, has announced the date for the traditional “Howl at the Moon” Open Invitational Tarpon Tournament on Friday, May 13 from 8 to 11 p.m. The entry fee will be $500 per team.
Melvin also holds a Ladies Howl at the Moon Tournament every year, and that date will be announced at a later time.
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.
“We’re very grateful to Capt. Sandy for thinking of us,” said Chamber President Marcy Shortuse. “These tournaments are very popular, a bit laid-back and more mellow. We are happy to be a part of the whole experience.”
Melvin said fishing during these tournaments has been very good lately, and they are particularly popular with the night fishing crowd.
“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 12th year and the tarpon we have caught number in the hundreds. Fishing has been great, with lots of fun and excitement. We want everyone to come on down and celebrate the season with us. 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.”
For more information call Special Effects/Gasparilla Outfitters at (941) 964-0907.
On Saturday, May 7 the Chamber will host their annual Ladies Day Tarpon Tournament, with fishing from 5 to 8 p.m. in Boca Grande Pass. Stay tuned for details on the party, artwork and more. Call the Chamber office at (941) 964-0568 for more information or to register your team.
On Thursday and Friday, May 19 and 20 from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. the Chamber will hold the World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament. More information on that tournament can be found at worldsrichesttarpon.com. Spots are still available at this time.
Artwork for this year’s tournament is by local artist Daniel Godwin, who has done several posters in many years gone by.