Budweiser’s long standing connection to the Boca Grande Pass tarpon fishery

Anheuser Busch AdSave the Tarpon, Inc is pleased to announce we will be serving complimentary Budweiser and other fine Anheuser Busch products to legal-aged guests at our March 3rd Shindig & Fundraiser!  Thank you to August and Steven Busch for this incredible contribution and for your support!

The Busch family of St. Louis has been a fixture in Boca Grande, Florida for decades.  Gussie Busch, who was the father of August and the Grandfather of Steven, fished the Pass aboard the Miss Budweiser and prior to that, the Buschweiser, dating as far back as the 1930s.

Miss Budweiser

Miss Budweiser

The Miss Budweiser, purchased by Anheuser Busch in 1962 and captained by legendary Boca Grande fishing guide, Johnny Downing, was a custom sportfish designed and built by Rybovich & Sons Boat Works. The Miss Budwesier was enjoyed by many including Gussie Busch’s  friends, wholesalers and family.  She was host to many celebrities and business giants in her days of catching “the big one” off the Florida coast and throughout the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.

In 1956, Budwesier produced a short film showcasing the Tampa Tarpon Tournament and tarpon fishing in Boca Grande Pass.  It’s a fun piece of history and pays tribute to the long standing connection between the Busch family and their love of tarpon fishing.


  1. Captain Mark Futch says

    Thank you August and Steven for the many years of the Busch family contribution to preserving the tarpon fishery and your familys’ love of the sport. Captain Downing was one of the all time greats in the Pass and a great mentor to me when I was starting out as a guide. Those were the days!

  2. Capt Frank Davis says

    Thank you to the Busch family for your continued support in helping preserve the history and future of the Tarpon fishery in Boca Grande. The memories I have of the” Miss Budweiser” will never be forgotten.

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