To the Editor:
It was wonderful to see Randy Wayne White’s letter published in the Beacon. Most of the local people are “in the know” about snagging and have already sounded off about it.
RWW’s comments are, however, a good reminder that to the broader boating and fishing public, snagging is something they do not know nor appreciate until they are given a heads up. Way to go, Randy.
Now let’s move on to exhausted fish (from weigh-in), disturbed pre-spawning schools and general deterioration of our fishery. Yeah, we know science and data is just now beginning to reveal how bad the PTTS really is. We need more science, but so far it all points to bad.
Again, way to go Cappy, RWW and the Boca Beacon!
Richard Hirsch New York
The Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce’s 22nd Annual Ladies Day Tarpon Tournament had ample reasons to celebrate this year’s booming event, with a field of 37 boats and 21 total tarpon released.
On behalf of the Chamber of Commerce, the Ladies Day committee would like to thank all the volunteers, sponsors and the endless support of the community that made this day an event to remember.
I and my family (of Robert “Bob” Hendricks) would like to thank, from the bottom of my heart, the community of the island for all the caring words, love and hugs that each of you have shown us.Special thanks to my co-workers at Hudson’s and to Howard and Emily Wise. You have made my days brighter!
Phyllis HendricksPort Charlotte/Boca Grande
Noted author Randy Wayne White's article that appeared in last Friday's Boca Beacon was a fantastic message that all tarpon enthusiasts and conservationists should read.
Sadly, there were many tarpon-fishing clients, their families, local guides, island residents and others who did not get a chance to view Mr. White's statement, as the various locations on the island that have Boca Beacon storage racks available with normally plenty of papers all seemed to be interestingly empty.
To the Editor:
The most famous fishing tournament in SW Florida has returned after a six-year hiatus and we at the Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce could not be more proud or thankful for the monumental efforts and dedication of the organizers, sponsors, volunteers and participants who spent nearly a year and thousands of hours of planning to make it a success.
We had 33 boats compete in the fleet.
Our winners this year received cash and prizes totaling well over $53,000.
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