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September 6, 2012

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will begin discussing potential changes to tarpon regulations at their September 6 meeting in Tampa. Currently, tarpon may only be "possessed" by a guide or angler who has purchased a $50 tarpon tag. Possession ranges from harvesting a tarpon for IGFA World Record submission to towing a tarpon to weigh stations during a...

September 5, 2012

Thanks to a brand new tagging effort initiated by Bonefish & Tarpon Trust and backed by Costa Sunglasses, valuable data has started to trickle in that will help us better understand the flats species we love to hate. Project Permit is in full effect. Continue reading the full story.

September 1, 2012

El Pescador Resort in Ambergris Caye, Belize will hold the 2nd Annual Grand Slam Tagging Invitational Wednesday, Jan 23– Sunday, Jan 27, 2013 with proceeds to benefit BTT. El Pescador will donate $250 (US) for every paying angler entering the 2nd Annual Grand Slam Tagging Invitational. The total sum raised will be donated in the tournament grand champion’s name to...

August 29, 2012

A juvenile tarpon habitat restoration project planned near Boca Grande, Florida recently got underway. Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, in collaboration with The Lemon Bay Conservancy are working together to identify and restore appropriate habitat for juvenile tarpon.

Juvenile tarpon require very unique habitat, their ability to gulp air from the surface allows them to live in...

August 28, 2012

The season remains closed in all Gulf of Mexico waters, including Everglades National Park and Monroe County, through Aug. 31, 2013, according to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission, though catch and release is permitted.

Anglers may report their catch on the Snook Gamefish Foundation’s website at Snookfoundation.org by clicking on “Angler Action.” This...

August 27, 2012
Oliver White stands barefoot on a platform on the back of his skiff, using an 18-foot graphite pole to nudge the shallow-draft boat along. He scans the water for bonefish, the prized fly rod quarry of the Bahamian flats, shadowy in natural silver and black camouflage. “There’s one, man. Two o’clock,” he tells me. I spot the fish—a...
August 24, 2012

Mangroves provide essential habitat for shrimp, crab, fish, wading birds and help protect the shoreline from erosion due to waves and tropical storms. In addition, mangroves improve water quality by trapping sediments, nutrients and pollutants thereby removing them from the water column. The Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation has been collecting and planting red mangroves as part of...

August 23, 2012

If you are new to bonefishing, or flats fishing in general, I have some advice for you that could dramatically increase your conversion rate. The guide says “cast, 50 feet, 10:00.” You cast. Then… you wait for the guide to give further instructions. Don’t wait. There are two things you need to do right away after the cast and you...

August 20, 2012

The Bonefish and Tarpon Trust has teamed up with the Amigos of the Sian Ka’an along with a generous grant from Costa del Mar sunglasses and launched a full-scale permit research program on Ascension and Espiritu Santo Bays. After a handful of training missions down to many of the lodges in the area, BTT director Aaron...

August 17, 2012

Everything a bonefish does in life involves feeding and camouflaging itself from predators that share its habitat. Success in catching bonefish is based on adapting to and blending into the surroundings to avoid detection. Paying attention to the smallest of details can be the difference between catching and not catching the gray ghost. Check out these tips and...

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