World's Richest Tarpon
THE COMPETITION Anglers in 2015 will enter a two-day tournament with up to 4 anglers per team and will be competing in 2 separate divisions for thousands in cash and prizes. Competitors will follow procedures designed for quick releases and the post-release welfare of all tarpon. Winners will be determined by the highest total number of tarpon successfully released, each of which are officially recorded when the Captain or mate touches the leader and immediately releases the tarpon. An Observer, professionally trained and certified by Official Tournament Staff will accompany teams throughout the competition. Accepted Observer applicants must successfully complete a mandatory course in: tarpon identification, proper release procedures and tournament rules.
THE FESTIVAL While competition heats up in Boca Grande Pass and the Gulf of Mexico, there will be plenty of family-friendly fun and excitement back on shore at the tournament and festival host location in beautiful Downtown Boca Grande all day June 5th and 6th. Event sponsors will be on hand to exhibit their products and conduct demonstrations and promotions, along with a wide variety of spectacular art vendors, live music performances, unique attractions like the Mote Marine Boca Grande location, entertaining and educational marine-centric lectures by some of today’s leading fishery experts and scientists, and of course, lots of delicious food and cold beverages. Event organizers are especially pleased to announce that world-renowned marine artist, angler and tournament sponsor, Guy Harvey and his Ocean Foundation will again be providing valuable support for the World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament’s anglers and the event’s tarpon research and educational outreach mission. Harvey, a marine biologist, longtime conservationist, and founder of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, said “This tournament and festival will increase global awareness of the important role that tarpon play in the world’s oceans and our ecosystem.” In 2012, Creators and Directors of the Guy Harvey Ultimate Shark Challenge developed a continuing alliance with the Boca Grande Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Lew Hastings, to promote and strengthen their commonality of mission for the conservation of our coastal marine environment. “We applaud both tournament’s founders and directors for their increased commitment to promote the proper catch and release of sharks and tarpon. Our goal with them is to help minimize the mortality rates of these species and maximize educational outreach about the important and growing need for their conservation”, said Dr. Harvey.
HOST VENUE AND EVENT LOCATION We’re excited to be hosting this event on the magnificent island of Gasparilla in the town of Boca Grande. Historic and beautiful, this island attracts people from all over the world who come to experience this lush barrier island surrounded by cerulean waters and seven miles of sugary white beaches stretching the entire Gulf side; the kind one usually finds only in the Caribbean. This tropical backdrop with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico provides an exciting and entertaining festival experience for the entire family all day Friday June 5th and Saturday June 6th. Home to some of the world’s most robust and diverse saltwater sport fishing, the southwest region of Florida is also a top vacation destination known for its beautiful beaches, resorts and magnetic eco-tourism opportunities. The region in and surrounding Charlotte Harbor and the legendary Boca Grande Pass prides itself in a history rich with sport fishing lore as the catch point of numerous saltwater world records and the favorite fishing hole of such notable figures as: Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Ernest Hemmingway and Zane Grey.