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Bonefish & Tarpon Trust News

The Sanibel Fly Fishers recently made a $750 contribution to The Bonefish and Tarpon Trust.  Pictured are Dave DeWalt and Drew Chicone of Sanibel Fly Fishers, and Aaron Adams of the BTT and Mote Marine Laboratory.  The funds will be used to support the Juvenile Tarpon Habitat Project, which will reconnect traditional tarpon nursery areas with […]

April Gear Giveaway

May 2, 2012

Congratulations to Jonathan Markey of Weeki Wachee, Florida.  He is the winner of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust’s April gear giveaway and wins a gift package provided by Bugslinger.  All new members joining at the $50 level are also entered to win a trip for two to Ascension Bay Bonefish Club.  Don’t be left out, join […]

“It took me months, but I finally came up with a small portion of ostrich feather over brown squirrel hair and a red-and-yellow hackle tied with red and orange thread on a 1/0 hook. I tied a lot of flies until I came up with that version. “One afternoon in 1939 I hit the Islamorada […]

“Considering their immense popularity as game fish, it is amazing how little is actually known about bonefish, tarpon, and permit. But with each year we are learning more, and applying this new knowledge to conservation, with the goal of keeping healthy populations strong and restoring populations that have declined.”  Read Fishipedia’s top 5 reasons and […]

The historical collection of the late William “Billy” Pate will be auctioned on Saturday May 19th, at 1pm in Islamorada, Florida.  Prior to the auction, on Thursday evening May 17 from 5pm-8pm there will be a $25 per person preview party with proceeds to benefit Bonefish & Tarpon Trust.  To attend the Thursday evening preview party please *R.S.V.P. to rwolivers@roadrunner.com or […]

A first of its kind juvenile tarpon habitat restoration project is planned near Boca Grande, Florida.  Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, in collaboration with The Lemon Bay Conservancy are working together to identify and restore appropriate habitat for juvenile tarpon. Juvenile tarpon require very unique habitat, their ability to gulp air from the surface allows them […]

In 1885, a single, sensational catch at Sanibel Island’s Tarpon Bay made international news — and revolutionized sport fishing. For the first time on record, a mighty, silver-sided tarpon was taken on a rod and reel, a feat that created a frenzy for the fierce-fighting fish — and made southwest Florida the epicenter of a […]

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 […]