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June 4, 2012

Mike Leggett enjoys the thrill of chasing bonefish South of Tulum, Mexico, their blistering initial run, and how on the right days everything just seems to click. "This bonefish is everything he was cracked up to be. Not big but still stripping line down to the backing before he turns and begins to track a long, slow, back-and-forth circle that...

May 31, 2012

Photographing a fish is part of the experience and keeps us connected to nature, no question about it. Since all of us are keeping fewer fish these days, with a few common sense tricks, we can decrease the stress on a fish that photography adds and still end up with a memorable photograph.

Try an underwater camera, which are...
May 29, 2012

The Southeastern Wildlife Conservation Group is recruiting tarpon anglers to help with research and conservation studies in cooperation with the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. Volunteer opportunities include tarpon genetics recapture study, juvenile tarpon habitat identification, data collection and tagging Tarpon in the Mobile Bay, AL Watershed (any angler in the area with a boat may participate). Interested anglers...

May 25, 2012

The Belize River Lodge hosted the First Annual Bonefish and Permit Tagging Challenge from May 12 - 17. Ten anglers met to place spaghetti tags on bonefish and permit and DNA “tag” tarpon. The event was co-sponsored by Frontiers Travel , Costa , R.L. Winston Rod Company and Patagonia ....

May 24, 2012

A 20-year-old man fishes local waters every day for his meals and scoffs at the idea he might ingest too much mercury . "I ain't dead yet," said Justin Baird, who stopped at a Sebastian Inlet tackle shop one gusty afternoon after making his day's catch. "I've been eating fish since I was a little kid." His haul...

May 23, 2012

No that's not some kind of urological disorder. It is a description of some barely noticeable ripples in the usually dead, calm surface of the flat that indicates fish, bonefish, are moving underneath, pushing water ahead of them . There," Dee says, sounding a bit more urgent, "12 o'clock, straight ahead, three big bonefish. Make a cast...

May 22, 2012

Bonefish & Tarpon Trust UK representative Paul Sharman was at the recent Sportfish Spring show in Reading near London flying the flag for BTT and handing out journals and membership details in his quest to boost UK and European membership of BTT.

“I was surprised by just how few UK fly fishers know the BTT even...

May 21, 2012

Renowned Sanibel Island mystery writer Randy Wayne White has joined a growing grassroots group of anglers who say the Professional Tarpon Tournament Series, which will begin this weekend, is unsporting and putting too much stress on the tarpon fishery.

White, who owns the trademark for the Doc Ford Rum Bar & Grille in which he is a partner, has...

May 18, 2012

Dr. Jon Shenker of the Florida Institute of Technology is set to begin a two part study of juvenile tarpon in the Indian River Lagoon of Florida's East coast. A research grant awareded by Bonefish & Tarpon Trust will help fund the project. In previous research efforts, Dr. Shenker and his students identified and determined the habitat requirements of tarpon...

May 15, 2012

The proverb “know your quarry” applies to fly-fishing for tarpon as much as it does to hunting. The more you know, the better your odds are of finding them and coercing them to bite a hook bound with feathers, fibers and animal hair. Scientist Michael Larkin explores what makes tarpon tick .

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