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Tarpon Take Center Stage, as published recently in Sport Fishing Magazine, by Jerald S. Ault, PH. D., “A Compelling Need for Conservation Brings Together Science and Fishing Communities to Support Sustainable Coastal Sport Fisheries”. Tarpon offer a challenge to biologist and angler alike.  Hooked up, one senses the unbridled survival instincts of one of Earth’s […]

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted to keep the snook season closed for another year in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the Florida Keys and Everglades National Park.  The closure, which will run through Aug. 31, 2013, provides additional  protection to snook after a 2010 cold spell killed thousands of the […]

FORT MYERS, Fla. – West Marine recently announced the grand opening of its Fort Myers flagship store, the fifth flagship store in the state. Located at 7070 College Parkway, Suite 102 at the intersection of College Parkway and U.S. 41 / Tamiami Trail, this will be the biggest West Marine store in Southwest Florida. A weekend […]

Aside from making it a whole lot easier to remove a hook from the mouth of a fish, there are other reasons to avoid fishing with barbed hooks as Kirk Deeter points out on Fly Talk.

Life in the vast interior Everglades, from tree islands to endangered snail kites, continues to decline for a lack of water, and restoration could stall again in the near future unless Congress signs off on pending projects and steps up with more money. The report finds that too much early work has focused on the […]

Call for Proposals Bonefish & Tarpon Trust invites proposals for research to estimate the economic value of the flats fisheries (primarily bonefish, tarpon, and permit) in the Florida Keys. The Florida Keys are recognized as the birth place of flats fishing and they remain at the center of the universe for modern flats fishing. Despite […]

Tarpon legend Stu Apte remembers “in the 1950s and 1960s you could hit the last fish in a string in the tail with a 4/0, 5-inch long fly and it would wheel and eat the fly. Do that today and the whole pod heads for Cuba.” Over time, as the fish learned what was food […]

On Monday, Lefty Kreh was honored — begrudgingly — when a seven-mile trail at Gunpowder Falls State Park was named in his honor by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Kreh, who is still very active in the sport, recently talked with The Sun about his career and his sport.

While a good number of fishermen already follow good catch-and-release practices, many unknowingly use incorrect techniques that do more harm than good.  Without finger-pointing, let’s agree to admit that we’ve all handled fish improperly in the past. We just didn’t know any better. Even today, with a closer look at data gathered through studies on […]

(Originally published in the Boca Beacon on June 8, 2012) Responsible Catch and Release is Essential  The use of catch and release as a conservation tool to ensure healthy recreational fisheries for the future has become standard throughout the world of recreational fisheries. The catch and release ethic is especially apparent in the world-class tarpon […]

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