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May 7, 2012

More than 70 volunteers gathered at Highland Oaks Park recently to dig holes into the muddy banks of the pond and creek for 400-plus plants. The park is one of the few remaining natural habitats within a highly urbanized area near Aventura. Separate from the Oleta-connected pond and winding creek are two other sources of water: a wide lake surrounded...

May 3, 2012

The Sanibel Fly Fishers recently made a $750 contribution to The Bonefish and Tarpon Trust. Pictured are Dave DeWalt and Drew Chicone of Sanibel Fly Fishers, and Aaron Adams of the BTT and Mote Marine Laboratory. The funds will be used to support the Juvenile Tarpon Habitat Project, which will reconnect traditional tarpon nursery areas with Pine Island Sound and...

May 2, 2012

Congratulations to Jonathan Markey of Weeki Wachee, Florida. He is the winner of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust's April gear giveaway and wins a gift package provided by Bugslinger . All new members joining at the $50 level are also entered to win a trip for two to Ascension Bay Bonefish Club. Don't be left out, ...

April 30, 2012

“It took me months, but I finally came up with a small portion of ostrich feather over brown squirrel hair and a red-and-yellow hackle tied with red and orange thread on a 1/0 hook. I tied a lot of flies until I came up with that version.

“One afternoon in 1939 I hit the Islamorada flats armed with those...

April 27, 2012

“Considering their immense popularity as game fish, it is amazing how little is actually known about bonefish, tarpon, and permit. But with each year we are learning more, and applying this new knowledge to conservation, with the goal of keeping healthy populations strong and restoring populations that have declined.” Read Fishipedia's top 5 reasons and use our...

April 26, 2012

The historical collection of the late William "Billy" Pate will be auctioned on Saturday May 19th, at 1pm in Islamorada, Florida. Prior to the auction, on Thursday evening May 17 from 5pm-8pm there will be a $25 per person preview party with proceeds to benefit Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. To attend the Thursday evening preview party please *R.S.V.P. to ...

April 24, 2012

A first of its kind juvenile tarpon habitat restoration project is planned near Boca Grande, Florida. 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 water...

April 23, 2012

In 1885, a single, sensational catch at Sanibel Island’s Tarpon Bay made international news -- and revolutionized sport fishing. For the first time on record, a mighty, silver-sided tarpon was taken o n a rod and reel, a feat that created a frenzy for the fierce-fighting fish -- and made southwest Florida the epicenter of a brand-new...

April 23, 2012

The 17 th Jim Bokor Islamorada All Tackle Spring Bonefish Tournament was held in early April. Jim Bokor, chairman of the tournament and legendary flats champion, supported conservation efforts to protect Upper Keys bonefish by changing the format of this year’s contest to an “All Release” tournament.

In past events, large (weight) bonefish were brought in and weighed for...

April 18, 2012

MIAMI – When it comes to solving an issue as critical as the potential loss of lucrative coastal sportfisheries, passion and science must work in tandem. Bonefish, tarpon, and permit fisheries have a rich cultural history and provide critical economic impact to coastal communities worldwide. These fisheries are threatened by increased degradation of habitats, declining water quality, loss of...

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