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March 23, 2012

KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Dr. Greg Smith of Galveston, Texas, caught and released four permit, earning 513 points to win the 2012 March Merkin Permit Tournament that ended March 15. Smith, who was guided by Captain Scott Collins of Marathon, Fla., was named the tournament's grand champion angler.

Points in the flats-and-fly-only challenge were awarded for releases based...

March 20, 2012

Project Permit, the Florida permit tagging program sponsored by Costa , is coming to the end of its second year of tagging efforts. The top two taggers (most fish tagged) from April 2011 - March 2012 will receive their choice of Costa sunglasses. To be included, all data must be reported by March 31st. You can submit data by following...

March 20, 2012

The Orvis Bahamas Bonefish Classic is open to 14 lucky anglers and their companions. This is a great opportunity for anglers of all skill levels to participate in important research while enjoying educational seminars, guided flats fishing and special events with some of the World's most knowledgeable professional fly anglers and bonefish scientists. Learn more about this trip....

March 13, 2012

Watch this video and learn how to participate in the Tarpon Genetic Recapture Study. You'll get a step-by-step look at how to take a tarpon DNA sample and submit it to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Researchers from the FWC and Mote Marine Laboratory use these samples to identify and track individual tarpon and...

March 12, 2012

BTT, Belize River Lodge and Frontiers Travel are pleased to announce the inaugural Belize River Lodge Bonefish and Permit Tagging Challenge to be held May 12-18, 2012. Anglers participating in this special research event will spend plenty of quality time fishing and will be rewarded with great memories and the knowledge that they have made a difference in conservation -...

March 8, 2012

The Bonefish & Tarpon Journal, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust's highly praised annual report of the latest in bonefish, tarpon, and permit conservation, is now available online. The 2012 Journal , just released in print in February, is available online, as are all past issues. There is no better way to keep up to date on the latest on...

March 8, 2012

Hell's Bay Boatworks, long a supporter of BTT and fish conservation, is offering a certificate for a 15% discount on the purchase of a Hell's Bay flats boat. They are offering this as an auction item at the March Merkin permit tournament, but you are able to bid even if you don't go to the tournament. Email Jon, March Merkin...

March 7, 2012

Nervous Waters and BTT are joining forces to help protect and preserve bonefish and the environment that sustains them. Enjoy five days and four nites from June 27-July 2, 2012 of spectacular fishing and exceptional accomodations at Abaco Lodge, on the edge of the famous Marls. Nervous Waters will donate 100% of the proceeds to BTT’s sonic tagging program that...

March 7, 2012

Kurt Ailerson of Sanford, NC is the winner of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust’s February Gear Giveaway. The gear package for February was sponsored by Howler Brothers . In 2012, all new members joining Bonefish & Tarpon Trust at the $50 level are automatically entered to win a monthly gear package and a year-end trip drawing to Ascension Bay Bonefish...

March 7, 2012

This is a brief reminder to support Cheeky Fly Fishing's March Madness benefiting BTT. For more information and to enter visit: http://www.cheekyflyfishing.com/marchmadness . All brackets are due March 11th by 5 p.m.!

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