Worlds Richest Tarpon Tournament

World's Richest Tarpon Tournament

2022 Wrtt Entry Form

World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament

In the early 1980s, the Boca Grande Club started the Boca Grande Club Invitational Tarpon Tournament to bring World Class Anglers to Boca Grande, The Tarpon Capitol of the World. In early 90s the Boca Grande Chamber took over the tournament rebranding it as the “World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament” with first place winning over $100,000!

Although it started as a weigh tournament with 1st place going to the heaviest fish, 2nd to the 2nd heaviest and 3rd to the team with the most releases, the tournament shifted to an all release event in the 2000s to focus on Conservation, Sportsmanship, and Education.

This Traditional live-bait only Tarpon Tournament honors the history of Tarpon fishing in Boca Grande pass as well stressing the importance of conservation to ensure a healthy fishery for generations to come. We hope you join us in future years by participating in the World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament, a Grande Tradition!

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

2020 World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament

NOTE:  We have taken the measure of cancelling the World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament scheduled for June 3rd & 4th. We will be issuing full refunds for those who have paid their entry fee.


2019 World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament Winners!

1st Place: 5 total releases in two days
Winnings: $30,000, Champion Rings by Barbara Anne’s Jewelry & Repair, 1st Place Trophies by JW Trophies, Captain’s Prize donated by Ramlin Trailers, 75 & 65 Yeti Coolers
1st Tarpon Released on Day 1:
Winnings: $12,500, Moultrie Hunting Package

Boca Blue: Capt. Sandy Melvin
Anglers: Bob Melvin, Doni Cayo, Ron Walker
TOTAL Winnings: $42,500

2nd Place: 4 releases in two days
Winnings: $20,000, 2nd place trophies by JW Trophies, 75 & 65 Yeti Coolers
1st & Last Tarpon Released Day 2:
Winnings: $25,000, Moultrie Hunting Package

Searene: Capt. Lamar Joiner, Jr.
Anglers: Clay Watkins, Taylor Watkins, Kenzie Dixon
TOTAL Winnings: $45,000

Last Tarpon Released Day 1: 
Winnings: $12,500, Moultrie Hunting Package

Hey, Moma!: Capt. Wayne Joiner
Anglers: Alex Shouppe, Chris Sanders, Trey Starling, Michael Moorefield

There were 20 tarpon released in the two-day tournament, 25 boats in the field.

Thank you to all of our sponsors, volunteers, Chamber board members, captains and anglers, and congratulations to the winners!

2019 World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament Sponsors
Thank you for all of your support!

Tarpon Festival Director: Carroll Swayze 

Tournament Artist: Kelly Reark 

Conservation Partners: Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, Captains For Clean Water 


Boca Grande Marina | Miller’s Dockside | Eagle Grille 


The Gasparilla Inn & Club 


Grande Aire Services

Barnichol Hardware 

Island TV Boca Grande

Boca Beacon 


Columbia Sportswear, Innovative Marine Structures, Caddy Carts , Ram-Lin, Barbara Anne’s Jewelry & Repair, Marinemax, Quality Boats, Italiano Insurance, Conditioned Air, Moultrie, The Temptation Restaurant, Blu Site Solutions, Peace River Distribution 


Hudson’s Grocery, Paradise Exclusive Real Estate, Tommy Locke Outdoors, Bowen Construction, Michael Saunders & Company, Fair Cost Health Plan, Boca Grande Vacations, Kelly Reark Artist, Hollinswood Ranch, Sotheby’s Gulf to Bay International Real Estate, Gary World Wild, Pink Pony/Dolphin Cove, Abel’s Marine, Englewood Bank & Trust, Boca Grande Real Estate, Appliance Service Co., Southern Cross Storm Protection, S & P Hauling, Soul of the Sea, Scarpa’s Coastal, Phelan Family Brands , Pirates Dream, Richard’s Foodporium , Myakka Pines Golf Club, TJ Carney’s Pub & Grille Venice, Daiquiri Deck, Bonefish Grill, Sadie Green’s Jewelry, Beach Road Boutique, Whirly Board, Reef + Ledge, Mustad Hooks