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Congratulations to Zan Thompson of Macon, Georgia, winner of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust’s May gear giveaway and a BTT logoed gift package provided by True Flies LLC.  All new members joining at the $50 level are also entered to win an end of year drawing for a trip for two to Ascension Bay Bonefish Club.  Don’t […]

Bad to the Bone

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.  Continue reading

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 […]

"Nervous Water"

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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