Ladies Day Tarpon Tournament

LDTT 24 Entry Form

LDTT 24 Sponsor Form

Ladies Day Tarpon Tournament 

At the beginning of the tarpon season, a group of island women decided to go tarpon fishing before their captains would be too busy. Thanks to Janet “Italiano” Gillespie, the idea to share a day of fun, fishing and releasing with their friends became an annual event.

By 1991 this no harm fishing sport became such a large event that Janet decided to turn the responsibility over to the Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce. Janet’s only requirement was that Ladies Day remained a release tournament. To this day Ladies Day has been a successful event with an average field of 40 boats, full of participants who treat Ladies Day as an annual tradition. Seasoned & new participants all come together to kick off the fishing season with the original spirit of Ladies Day- to have fun and release. Let the Tarpon Season Begin!

For more information: Contact the Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce at 941-964-0568, email us at or visit our website at for more information.

2019 Ladies Day Tarpon Tournament Winners!

1st Place: 5 Releases
Winnings: $11,480, Champion Pendants by Barbara Anne’s Jewelry & Repair, 1st Place Trophies by Tim Lauer, and Captains For Clean Water Hats
Little Spook: Capt. Nelson Italiano
Anglers: Alison Henderson, Julie Camp, Renee Lindsey, Cannon Wenzel

2nd Place: 3 Releases
Winnings: $6,888, 2nd Place Trophies by Tim Lauer, 4 Gift Baskets donated by James Griffith Salon, a $75 Gift Certificate to Barnichol Hardware for the Captain, and 5 Captains For Clean Water Hats
Hammerhead: Capt. Roger Gibson
Anglers: Dani Hunter, Wendy Thompson, Claire Brophy, Dawn Dawick

3rd Place: Last Fish Hooked and Released at 7:29:20 pm
Winnings: $4,592, 3rd Place Trophies by Tim Lauer, 5 Engraved LDTT Yeti Cups, a $25 Gift Certificate to the Pink Pony for the Captain, and 5 Captains For Clean Water Hats
Tracy Lynn: Capt. Willie Mills
Anglers: Terry Joiner, Sally Joiner, Janet Italiano Gillespie, Falon Mills Rice

The Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank our Ladies Day Tarpon Tournament Committee, Volunteers, Sponsors, Judges, Artist, Anglers, Captains, Mates, and the Boca Grande Community for all of your hard work, support, and participation in the 29th Annual Ladies Day Tarpon Tournament. We could not do it without you! We would also like to thank the Joiner family for allowing us to dedicate this year’s tournament to Isabelle Joiner.

2023 Ladies Day Tarpon Tournament Sponsors
Thank you for all of your support!


Safety Harbor Builders


Island TV Boca Grande, Suncoast Beverage, Quality Boats


Barbara Anne’s Jewelry & RepairItaliano Insurance,


Englewood Bank & Trust, Grande Aire Services, Miller’s Dockside | Eagle Grille | Boca Grande Marina, Banyan Tree Pilates & Yoga, Caddy Carts


Hollinswood Ranch, Pink Pony/Dolphin Cove, Boca Grande Vacations, Key Agency, Hudson’s GroceryCaptains for Clean Water, Costa Del Mar, The Temptation, Scarpa’s Coastal,