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The 17th 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 […]

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 […]

There was laughter as well as tears — lots of laughter — as a standing room-only audience celebrated Jose Wejebe’s life Sunday afternoon. “He had that quality, I don’t know what the word is for it, but he could make you feel that you were a big part of his life,” said Tommy Sanders of […]

Big Fish in the Big Apple

April 12, 2012

Gamefish need friends these days. And on a softly-lit evening, with the abating spring winds leaving New York Harbor placid and ruminative, friends of saltwater flyfishing’s “big three” species—bonefish, tarpon and permit—gathered at a fundraiser at a long-standing flyfishing club in Manhattan. The genteel club, near the spot where then-General George Washington bade farewell to […]

Project Permit Update

April 11, 2012

The efforts toward Project Permit in Mexico are paying off, with the first recapture of a tagged permit. The 15 pound permit was tagged on January 31, 2012, by guide Alejandro Velazquez from Palometa Club Lodge, fishing in Ascension Bay. The fish was recaptured a mile from the tagging location on March 25, 2012, by […]

From the family of Jose Wejebe and Spanish Fly, “we are deeply saddened by the tragic event and loss of a father, son, friend. We would like to invite all family and friends to a Celebration of Life in honor of Jose Wejebe, Sunday April 15, 2012 at 1:30 PM at the International Game Fish […]

Seven years into the Tarpon Genetic Recapture Study, biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Mote Marine Laboratory are gaining new insights into tarpon movement and seasonal habitat preferences. With the help of anglers participating in the study, researchers have confirmed that some tarpon move long distances, and others stay close […]

Rob Mathai of Beaufort, South Carolina is the winner of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust’s March Gear Giveaway.  The gear package for March was sponsored by Cheeky Fly Fishing.  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 […]

If you’re interested in a great bonefish and permit trip, act fast.  The upcoming FrontiersTravel/Belize River Lodge traveling angler trip May 12-18 only has four spots remaining.  Recent scientific findings about our target species will be presented one evening and it’s a great opportunity to swap stories, enjoy great fishing and talk with a BTT scientist about the “how” and […]

On Saturday May 19th, the estate of William “Billy” Pate will auction hundreds of personal items belonging to the legendary saltwater angler.  Rods, reels, flies and artwork are among the items to be auctioned.  A preview party will be held on Thursday evening May 17th from 5-8pm, a $25 per person donation will benefit Bonefish […]