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Old 01-18-2010, 08:35 AM
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Catch and release fishing still allowed for snook, bonefish and tarpon

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Catch-and-release fishing still allowed for snook, bonefish and tarpon

January 17, 2010
Contact: Lee Schlesinger, 850-487-0554

While the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) issued an executive order on Jan. 15 that temporarily extends closed harvest seasons for snook statewide and establishes temporary statewide closed harvest seasons for bonefish and tarpon, the FWC advises anglers that catch-and-release fishing for these important game fish species is still allowed.

The FWC appreciates angler support for taking conservation measures that will help protect saltwater fish and provide time for the FWC to evaluate the possible impacts to fish populations that may have occurred because of the recent prolonged cold weather in Florida.

The order, which took effect at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 16, provides that no person may harvest or possess snook in state and federal waters off Florida until September and establishes a temporary prohibition on the harvest and possession of bonefish and tarpon from state and federal waters off Florida through March 31.

The FWC advises anglers that this order prohibits only the harvest or possession of snook, bonefish and tarpon during the closed periods. Anglers may still catch and release these species during these temporary closures, and the FWC encourages everyone to handle and release these fish carefully to help ensure their survival upon release. Information regarding proper handling and release of fish is available online at http://catchandrelease.org/Catch_and_Release_web.pdf.

More information on the FWC's executive order regarding the snook, bonefish and tarpon temporary harvest closures, and information regarding another FWC executive order issued on Jan. 15, which temporarily suspends certain saltwater fishing regulations to allow for the collection and disposal of dead fish killed by cold weather, is available online at MyFWC.com.
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Old 01-18-2010, 01:33 PM
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i had no idea people actually took tarpon and bones..i thought both were inedible and all fishing was c+r...
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Old 01-19-2010, 11:57 AM
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For the most part it is. To kill a tarpopn you need a $50.00 kill tag for each fish. I am told that bone fish make great trolling baits.

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Old 01-20-2010, 12:21 PM
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For the most part it is. To kill a tarpopn you need a $50.00 kill tag for each fish. I am told that bone fish make great trolling baits.

Sam
cool, thanks sam. I assume the tarpon kill tag is mostly for those who feel the need to mount the fish?
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Old 01-20-2010, 02:44 PM
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Tarpon Tags

Actually there are some weigh tarpon tournaments where they do practice catch n' release. For instance in Boca Grande they combat channel fishing for these big 'poons. When you get one boat side you live tow it to the beach where the have slings on scales to weigh the fish and then they release them. By law, since you are in posession of the fish you need the tarpon tag to do this. Since the no take tarpon rule expires March 31st - this kinda' becomes a mute point though - as these tourneys are later Spring/Summer.

Also - and this is a BIG also the current temporary rule expires Feb 1st unless it is renewed or amended.

The further North you go the worse the kill. My Dad (lives near Sarasota) called me today and counted at least 33 dead fish (jacks & snooks) just at the boat ramp alone.
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Old 01-20-2010, 07:05 PM
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Has anyone had any luck with snook or tarpon since the cold snap ended? Any updates on the mortality assessment?
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