Our mission is to provide a fun and competitive event for youth that encourages goodwill, education, sportsmanship and conservation while recognizing the Boca Grande community and its tarpon fishing history and traditions.

About the Event

Welcome to the “World’s Greatest Kids Fishing Tournament,” the Gasparilla Island Kids Classic Tarpon Tournament! In the 6 short years of this event our young anglers, averaging 10-years-old, have now caught and released 98 tarpon in the 80-pound to 130-pound range with an average release time of 9 minutes! That’s outstanding work by captains and anglers to insure that the tarpon are released as healthy as possible to come back for battle and fight another day.

These kids, captains, observers and the many volunteers it takes to put on an event like this have now raised more than $183,000 for local charities and the education initiatives we support.

The 2018 tournament will support Easter Seals Project Rainbow of Southwest Florida, the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital’s Music Therapy Program, The Englewood Community Care Clinic, Lemon Bay Conservancy, The Island School, the Charlotte County School System’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (S.T.E.M.) summer camp, Easterseals SW FL and Dee Wheeler Scholarship Fund.

In addition to donating 100 percent of the tournament entry fees to our charities, we will also award more than $10,000 in prizes to captains and anglers!

Tournament Directors

Capt. Sandy Melvin

Bill Klettke

Michael Vaughn

Boca Grande Charities, Inc.