It’s time to enter the VERY LAST Guy Harvey Gear Giveaway from the Florida Lottery. To enter to win, just “Like” the Florida Lottery Facebook Page, then click on the Giveaway tab & choose your favorite Guy Harvey scratch-off ticket design. After that, leave your contact info so they can find you if you win. The deadline is Sunday, June 24th at midnight. Prize packs include a Guy Harvey t-shirt, beach towel, hat & Tervis tumbler. Good luck!
By all accounts, the return this past weekend of the World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament was a huge success, and the tournament is being lauded for emphasizing education and conservation as much as fishing. Thanks to all who supported the WRTT and many thanks to all the fans who visited the Guy Harvey Mobile Express over the weekend.
At the same time, another tarpon tournament that was held in the same location over the weekend is drawing the ire of many conservation-oriented fishermen, including well-known author and nearby resident Randy Wayne White. The Professional Tarpon Tournament Series allows the practice of “snag fishing” or “jig fishing”, a practice that many anglers and conservationists consider unsportsmanlike and unethical (by comparsion, the WRTT required participants to fish with live bait, and the tournament’s format was “catch and release” only).
White says the PTTS “encourages” snag fishing and as a show of his disapproval his restaurant, Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille, will no longer sponsor the tournament. PTTS Vice President Joe Mercurio, however, defended the tournament, saying anglers in the PTTS use circle hooks to catch tarpon, a method that does not allow for snag fishing. He also noted that the PTTS works closely with Florida Fish and Wildlife and Mote Marine as part of the tournaments efforts toward conservation.
TELL US WHAT YOU THINK: Is snag fishing acceptable, or does this practice violate the spirit and ethics of tournament fishing?
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The 30th anniversary of the World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament takes place this week in Boca Grande, FL. The celebration kicks off Wednesday evening with a Captain’s Party at Boca Bay Pass Club and concludes with Friday evening’s awards ceremony in downtown Boca Grande.
On Saturday and Sunday, the festivities continue with the Downtown Tarpon Festival, which features a Saturday night performance by Nashville recording artist Colton James. Click here for a full schedule of events.
History of the World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament
In 1983 the “World’s Richest” Tarpon Tournament was originally called the Boca Grande Club Invitational, sponsored and run by the private Boca Grande Club located on the north end of Gasparilla Island, and traditionally run during the summer.
In 1991, the Boca Grande Club decided to discontinue their sponsorship of the tournament and the Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce took it over renaming it the “World’s Richest” Tarpon Tournament and opening entries to the general public.
At its height, the total purse of the “World’s Richest” exceeded $175,000 and anglers from all over the world traveled to Boca Grande to enter for a chance to win it.
The impressive “World’s Richest” perpetual trophy is on display at the Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce office and features the names of the winning team leaders for each year the tournament has been in existence.
In 2005, the Chamber of Commerce decided to take a hiatus from sponsoring the tournament to focus more on economic development for its growing membership base.
The Boca Grande Fishing Guides Association took over the tournament and renamed it the Boca Grande Fishing Guides Association Tarpon Tournament which ran until 2011.
Now in 2012, on the 30th Anniversary of it’s inception, the Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce will once again sponsor and direct the storied “World’s Richest” Tarpon Tournament in its triumphant return.
This time however, education and conservation of the fishery combined with sport fishing will be the primary focus. Safe boating, sportsmanship and responsible angling will be promoted in order to encourage a safe, successful family friendly event that will ensure the protection and proper stewardship of our natural resources so that they may be enjoyed for generations to come.
The urgency towards conservation has become increasingly apparent over the last few years and the Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to taking the lead in creating opportunities to help rehabilitate a habitat that has flourished in South West Florida for thousands of years.
Our all-release, no-weigh, no-kill tournaments are an alternative whose time has come. Bringing families together in sport and education enriches not only our estuaries and fisheries, but our community as a whole.
Our “World’s Richest” Tarpon Tournament scheduled for May 17th & 18th 2012 is combined with the 2nd Annual Gasparilla Island Kid’s Classic will be held on May 19th hosted by Gasparilla Outfitters and the 22nd Annual Ladies Day Tournament held on May 20th. The weekend long events will be combined with a downtown festival that will include music, food and games for the kids.
WRTT history prepared by Lew Hastings, Exec. Director of the Boca Grande Chamber of Commerce
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Steve Stock, President of Guy Harvey Inc. and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, was recently interviewed on Fishing Florida Radio by hosts BooDreaux, Steve Chapman and Captain Mike. The guys talked about the many upcoming events and projects that GHI and the GHOF are involved in, which includes a very busy May schedule with events that include the Guy Harvey Ultimate Shark Challenge (May 4-6), the World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament (May 17-20) and the 2nd Annual GHOF Golf Classic at Grande Oaks Golf Club (May 18). The group also discussed the popularity of Guy’s new Armed Forces Collection and how that line of merchandise helps support our brave veterans. To hear the entire interview, click on the FFR logo below:
Proceeds benefit education and marine conservation in the State of Florida
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL—APRIL 3, 2012— For fans of marine wildlife artist and conservationist Guy Harvey there’s a new collector’s series of lottery tickets that will be available starting today—priced at just $2.
Dr. Harvey and the Florida Lottery today are officially launching the GUY HARVEY® Scratch-Off game, featuring a series of six colorful wildlife illustrations designed by the world renowned marine artist.
During a March 23rd press conference, Dr. Harvey announced that his licensing proceeds from the sale of the tickets will benefit the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, a marine conservation organization that funds educational programs aimed at informing children and young adults about their role in conserving Florida’s marine ecosystem.
Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell anticipates sales of the GUY HARVEY® Scratch-Off Game to generate about $3.5 million for Florida’s education system.
“This partnership with the Florida Lottery is unique and I am happy to launch a product that will help Florida’s schools as well as the state’s precious marine resources,” said Dr. Guy Harvey. “I am especially looking forward to fishing with the winner of the Grand Cayman trip. We will have a great time!”
Dr. Harvey was referring to a Second Chance Promotion that offers players the chance to win the fishing trip of a lifetime.
The $2 GUY HARVEY® Scratch-Off game offers cash prizes of up to $30,000 and overall odds to win of one-in-4.37. Additionally, non-winning GUY HARVEY® tickets may be entered in the Guy Harvey® Sportsman’s Paradise Second Chance Promotion on the Lottery’s website.
Four drawings will be held between April 25 and June 27 with 12 winners selected in each drawing.
Grand prize winners will receive a Sportsman’s Paradise fishing trip for two to one of several fantastic fishing destinations including St. Petersburg Beach, Hawks Cay, Rum Cay in the Bahamas, or Grand Cayman Island, where one lucky winner and a guest will get the opportunity of a lifetime – to go fishing with Guy Harvey himself!
Second prize winners in the drawing will receive an original Guy Harvey® framed watercolor painting and the third prize winners will receive a $200 gift certificate to GuyHarveySportswear.com.