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 Photo: Capt. Don Gable / Capt. Nick LaBadie Catching a permit on fly is arguably the most challenging and most rewarding endeavor in fly fishing. Though these fish are found throughout the Caribbean, the Florida Keys is the epicenter for catching trophy permit. With 33 of the 36 fly-caught world records occurring in Florida Keys […]

Bonefish & Tarpon Trust board member Stu Apte scans the water for rolling tarpon. Photo: IGFA Learn more about the legends of saltwater fly fishing, breakthrough saltwater fly designs, the effect of Flagler’s Railway on fly fishing in the Keys, and much more by viewing On Fly in the Salt: American Saltwater Fly Fishing from the […]

Photo: Ian Wilson So far in our series of posts, we overviewed the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary’s draft management plan and what is at stake, and discussed regulatory zones we support, oppose, and those that should be added to maximize the general management plan’s potential to benefit our fishery. We will conclude this series […]

In our first post, we overviewed the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary’s proposed new management plan and what is at stake. This management plan will influence access and activities in the Florida Keys for the next 10-20 years. The second post described the marine zones proposed by the Sanctuary. The third post outlined the additional […]

Photo: Ian Wilson In our first post in this series, we overviewed the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary’s proposed new management plan and what is at stake. This management plan will influence access and activities in the Florida Keys for the next 10-20 years. Our second post described the marine zones proposed by the Sanctuary […]

Photo: Ian Wilson In our last post, we introduced the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary draft management plan. This management plan will influence access and activities in the Florida Keys waters for the next 10-20 years. Over the last decade, BTT has conducted multiple studies to best inform Sanctuary regulations to ensure that bonefish, permit, […]

Photo: Ian Wilson In August, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary released a draft of their new management plan. If you fish the flats in the keys, this management plan should be on your radar. The Sanctuary is one of five management agencies charged with protecting the Florida Keys fish, wildlife, and the habitats that […]

BTT joined with other leading conservation organizations and industry leaders in support of Atlantic menhaden, an important forage fish for tarpon. Click HERE to read the letter submitted by the American Sportfishing Association to Wilbur Ross, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Photo: TRCP

In a previous post we announced the development of BTT’s strategic plan for Belize and Mexico, which is comprised of three components: science, education and conservation. The science component (tagging and habitat mapping) will generate information. The education component will be used to inform diverse sectors (flats fishing communities, education, management and conservation) through materials […]

The recent and ongoing attention to some of the greatest threats to Florida’s coastal fisheries—from the Bluegreen Algae Task Force to Everglades Restoration—are great steps in the right direction. But it’s important to realize that the algae blooms—from bluegreen algae to red tide—and seagrass die-offs are symptoms of Florida’s much larger problem of too many […]


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