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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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