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Are tarpon scales real silver?

photo credit WRTT committee

Are those tarpon scales real silver?

It sure would seem that way! Congratulations to Alex Shouppe's team on the HEY MOMA! with Captain Wayne Joiner for their $32,400 first place win in the 2017 World's Richest Tarpon Tournament. Captain Wayne also took home the Jay Joiner Memorial Belt Buckle.

The first fish caught and second place prizes went to the Wise team aboard Captain Charlie Coleman's CASUARINA. Combined winnings collected by Howard Wise's team amounted to $48,600.

Captain Nat Italiano and SPOOK hosted Howard Franklin's team. They caught the last fish of the tournament and won $27,000. Nat joked with me that their fish was probably worth about $1,500 per inch. Maybe an exaggeration, but still proving it doesn't have to be a record-setting fish to win a record-setting prize. 

Goodbye, my love.


Many of you braved the heat to catch up with me at the Boca Grande Invitational Art Festival, and I am SO thankful for that! Great to see your smiling faces! My beautiful sea turtle shell found a new home too. After spending hundreds of hours on a piece, it can be hard to let go. Thankfully, I can visit it in its new home on the Island.

Exchanging Capital


My BTT mount traveled from the tarpon capital of the world to the bonefish capital of the world! Here is Charlene holding the fish mount outside the Pleasant Bay Bonefish Lodge on South Andros in the Bahamas. Click the photo for more information on the lodge.
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