jbdba01 wrote: »
Seems to be a bit ambigous...
"Can I remove a tarpon from the water for a photo?
A tarpon that does not have a tarpon tag attached to it can be temporarily possessed only for photography, measurement of length and girth and scientific sampling, with the stipulation that tarpon more than 40 inches fork length must remain in the water."
Apparently what "in the water" seems to be open to debate.
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conchydong wrote: »
"Completely" would be impossible unless you cut the line instead of removing the hook as part of the head would almost always be out of the water while removing the hook. Most laws are written purposely with gray areas. It keeps lawyers and judges in business.
Tarpon Monoxide wrote: »
Completely means just that.
The FWC does not think "completely" is impossible as the FWC is now mandating "completely".
"Completely" is not even close to impossible, it is very easy to do and it fact it is now the law. If you cannot comply with this law by leaning over the side of the boat then get yourself a 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or an 8 foot dehooking device that slides down over the line/leader to the hook and allows the hook to be easily removed even 8 feet away from the angler while the tarpon is COMPLETELY in the water, simple as that.
mburke001 aka TripleB wrote: »
The following is an excerpt from the FWC website Survival rates for some Florida fishes (Techniques to Reduce Catch and Release Mortality)
Controlled studies have shown that most fish released after hook-and-line capture, survive. Researchers working in Boca Grande Pass tagged 27 tarpon with sonic transmitters and found that 26 of these hook-and-line-caught fish survived. The one fish that died had been lifted from the water for a prerelease photograph...
I also saw this on the FWC website under the heading, Tarpon, fishing tips:
Do not drag tarpon over the gunnel of a boat.
Use a dehooking tool.
Tarpon smaller than 40” should be supported horizontally when removed from the water. Tarpon larger than 40” must remain in the water.
Do not fish for tarpon when large predatory sharks are in the area feeding. If sharks show up, move to another fishing location
Ambiguous: study shows that lifting the tarpon could possibly injure the fish, yet on the tips,there's an example how to lift smaller tarpon from the water. The only thing I could guess is that the study were researching larger tarpon?
Maybe FWC could clarify. Thanks.
an I remove a tarpon from the water for a photo?
A tarpon that does not have a tarpon tag attached to it can be temporarily possessed only for photography, measurement of length and girth and scientific sampling, with the stipulation that tarpon more than 40 inches fork length must remain in the water.