Summer 2013

Tarpon and Bonefish Now Catch and Release Only

Article courtesy Florida Fish & Wildlife

Photo of a Tarpon

Because of the economic and fishing value of bonefish and tarpon, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission made the species catch-and-release only, while also proposing to modify gear used by anglers when targeting tarpon in Boca Grande Pass. The changes go into effect Sept. 1 in state and federal waters off Florida.

All harvest of tarpon will be eliminated unless in pursuit of an IGFA record and in conjunction with a tarpon tag. Tarpon tags will be limited to one per person each year except charter boat captains. Temporary possession will be allowed for photography and scientific sampling, but tarpon more than 40 inches must remain in the water.

For bonefish, the tournament exemption permit, allowing tournament anglers to temporarily possess bonefish en route to tournament scales, has been eliminated.

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