A preview of what’s up for bid on March 3 … some seriously cool stuff!

Want to go fishing? Maybe take in a Bucs game? Perhaps a year of pest control? Or a long weekend away from it all on Siesta Key? Dinner at PJ’s Seagrille? Two nights at the Gasparilla Inn and Club? Did we mention fishing? We’re still adding everything up, but here’s a preview of some of the cool stuff to be auctioned at our Save The Tarpon “Shindig” on Sunday, March 3 from 2 to 6 p.m.

Save the Tarpon Shindig - March 3, 2013The event will be held on the grounds of the Louise duPont Crowninshield Community House adjoining the Boca Grande Community Center. It’s located at 131 Banyan Street along Park Avenue in Boca Grande. You can’t miss it. Just listen for the sound of people having fun – for a good cause. And, of course, thanks to everyone who contributed to the auction. Keep checking back. We’ll likely be adding to the list.

Want to bid on an item, but you won’t be able to join us on March 3? No problem. Send an email to contact@savethetarpon.com. Include your name, phone number, a description of the item(s) and your proposed bid.

Live Auction:

  • Seaplane ride for two to go oystering: You, your guest, and New York Times best selling author, Randy Wayne White, travel by seaplane (captained by Mark Futch) to Turtle Bay for an afternoon of oystering. Upon returning, Randy personalizes a copy if his new novel, Night Moves, to serve as a keepsake of your adventure.
  • Red Snapper Fishing Charter with Capt. Tom McLaughlin of Another Keeper Charters.
  • Tarpon fishing charter with backcountry, harbor and beach specialist, Capt Rhett Morris. Includes a 2 bedroom/2 bath cottage at Useppa Island Club for four.
  • Tarpon fishing charter with fly fishing specialist, Capt. Tommy Locke. Includes a two-night stay for two persons at the Gasparilla Inn and Club in Boca Grande.
  • Traditional Pass tarpon fishing charter with Capt. Willie Mills. Includes two spots on the VIP boat for the World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament.

Silent Auction:

  • One year preferred membership at Useppa Island Club.  Includes $1600 initiation fee and 12 months of dues.
  • Three hour sunset cruise for eight aboard a sport cruiser. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided. From Marine Max.
  • Signed, uncorrected proof of Randy Wayne White’s new book, Night Moves.
  • Signed, first edition hardcover of Night Vision by Randy Wayne White.
  • Full day historic tour of Boca Grande by kayak or stand-up paddle board for four people. Includes a gourmet lunch. 
  • Four hour stand up paddle board rental and a four hour kayak rental — both from Pirate Coast Paddle Sports.
  • Photographs by Rick DePavia.
  • Print by marine artist Pasta Pantaleo.
  • Pearl necklace donated by Julie Salvetti (Designs by Julie).
  • Original tarpon painting by Kim McKoy donated by Special Effects on Boca Grande.
  • Limited edition tarpon print by Dana Krzewina.
  • Sterling silver hook pendant donated by Gasparilla Outfitters.
  • Basket of Reef Safe products.
  • Charter with Capt. Chris Frohlich.
  • Full day boat rental and jet skis rental from Allure Boat Rentals on Manasota Key.
  • Artwork from Kelly Reark, Coco Hibbitts, Jennifer McLaughlin, and Carol Swayze.
  • Complete golf cart service. Pick up and delivery included. From Thoroughbred Golf Carts.
  • Four tickets to a Tampa Bay Buccaneers game at the 50 yard line. Includes a parking pass. Courtesy of Italiano Insurance.
  • Hand-made jewelry created by Angie Mills of Salt Tales.
  • Dinner at PJ’s Seagrille.
  • A private fly casting lesson with Dusty Sprague.
  • Gift set from Hooked on SUP in Cape Haze.
  • Gift bag from Newlin’s on Boca Grande.
  • 3 Night/4 Day stay on Siesta Key in a private residence.
  • One foursome of golf at St. Andrews South Golf Club in Punta Gorda & one free half-hour golf lesson with Assistant Golf Professional Nathan Wilson.
  • Flyfishing charter with Capt. Al White of Boca on the Fly.
  • Pompano fishing tackle set designed by Capt. Van Hubbard. Includes one hour private pompano fishing lesson & $25 certificate for Stump Pass Grille.
  • Yeti cooler and gift set from Barnichol Hardware on Boca Grande.
  • A variety of jewelry pieces from Barbara Anne’s Jewelry on Boca Grande.
  • Fishing tackle gift basket from Laishley Marine.
  • Coffee Gift Set from Hapa Hale Coffee Co. Unlimited.
  • Guided flats fishing on Cape Cod Bay with shore lunch with Capt Jake Grzyb of Seafield Guide Service.
  • $100 Gift Certificate for Native Gardens Florist on Boca Grande.
  • Gift set from The Grapevine in Boca Grande.
  • 1/2 day fly fishing charter for two with Capt Gregg McKee in Pine Island and Matlacha.
  • Under Armor fishing and hunting clothing.
  • Jewelry from Holly’s Gift Shop.
  • One year of pest control from Paul Mann Custom Pest Control.
  • Children’s gift basket from Smart Studio.


March 3, 2013: Save the Tarpon Shindig!

Save the Tarpon ShindigEvent: Save the Tarpon SHINDIG!

It’s a PARTY, it’s a RALLY, it’s a FUNDRAISER…it’s a time for us to come together and celebrate tarpon fishing in Boca Grande. Don’t miss it!

Date: Sunday, March 3, 2013

Time: 2 to 6 pm

Location: The outdoor grounds of the Louise duPont Crowninshield Community House

Address: 131 Banyan St., Boca Grande, FL 33921 (adjacent to the Boca Grande Community Park Grounds)

Directions click here.


Event Details:

Free entry and door prizes!
Complimentary food and refreshments.
Fish chowder/stew cook-off by local captains.
Raffles, games and projects for kids.
Special guests, including a captain meet & greet.
Live & silent auction.

SavetheTarpon.com was launched only eight months ago as a platform for anglers and community members to speak out and demand accountability from those whose actions are threatening the sustainability of the tarpon fishery of Boca Grande Pass and Charlotte Harbor.  Since then, we have evolved into a Florida not-for-profit organization representing the combined voices of more than 12,000 people world-wide who have joined the effort to protect and preserve this historically and culturally significant public resource.

The Save the Tarpon Shindig,  on Sunday, March 3, 2013, from 2 to 6 pm,  is an event for us all to come together as we celebrate our solidarity and dedication to protecting the future of tarpon fishing at Boca Grande.  We will review our achievements thus far, and look to the future as we plan our 2013 successes.  It will be a time for supporters to rally, meet the Save the Tarpon Directors, bump elbows with most of the local captains and community members as well as enjoy the company of a few special guests.

It’s completely free to attend and open to the public, so bring the kids to this family-friendly event.

Complimentary food and beverages will be served, including Budweiser products!

And, of course, we will be raising some funds for our 2013 projects (and we have some GREAT ones in the works).  So make sure you are there for the live auction featuring tarpon fishing charters from highly respected captains including Capt. Tommy Locke, Capt. Rhett Morris and Capt. Willie Mills, a seaplane oyster trip with Capt. Mark Futch, and a red snapper offshore fishing charter with Capt. Tom McLaughlin.

There will also be an incredible silent auction full of fine dining, exclusive lodging packages for a quick getaway, fine art, jewelry, and much much more. As the lists is finalized we will be posting more info here.  But trust us when we say, you won’t want to miss it!

Click here to see the list of auction items!

If you are on Facebook, visit our Save the Tarpon SHINDIG event page.  Click the “Join” button at the top to let us know you’ll be attending.  Click the “Invite Friends” button to help us spread the word about this important event.

As always, thank you for your support, and we can’t wait to see all of you there!

Peaceful Protest of the Professional Tarpon Tournament Series (PTTS)

Please join us for a peaceful protest of the Professional Tarpon Tournament Series (PTTS).

Where:  Gasparilla Island State Park (Boca Grande Lighthouse) at the South end of beach. Look for the PTTS weigh-in area.

When: Sunday, June 17th, 2012 at 9:30 AM

What to Bring: Yourself, your friends, banners and signs.  Please add SaveTheTarpon.com to your materials. Also, make sure you bring a few bucks for each person to pay entry to the park. Oh, and cameras to help document the event.

Parking: There may not be any parking left in the State Park lot, so plan accordingly.  Come by boat, bike, golf cart, hot air balloon…whatever it takes.

It is very important everyone stay calm and controlled to uphold the integrity of our cause. 

Email us if you have any further questions.

Important Links

Use the flyers and logos below to help spread the word.  The flyers are standard letter size so print some out and hang them around town.

Here is a link to the protest flyer.

Here is a link to the general Save the Tarpon flyer.

Here is a link to a high res image for a t-shirt or print material.