Florida Moves to Make Tarpon a Catch-and-Release-Only Species

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has voted to move forward with plans to make tarpon a catch and release only species, thereby prohibiting gaff and drag PTTS-style fishing. The proposal is backed by Save The Tarpon Inc. and other conservation groups.

  • ken norris

    It is already illegal except w/ a tag. The law reads immediately released “alive and unharmed” and sticking a hole in the lip/throat and dragging the fish hundreds of yards does not cut it. The lack of political wil is typical..

  • Michael Rosa

    If it puts a stop that madness masked as a tournament I’m for it. That dredging/jigging is killing big females and the future of the fishery. The carcass count after one of those fiascos is eye opening.