Yesterday, I know the FWC approved, unanimously, to move bonefish and tarpon to catch-and-release only (details below)....
Today, I heard a rumor that the FWC banned the jig from BGP.
Has anyone heard anything officially?
Here's the announcement on yesterday's meetings:
For immediate release: April 17, 2013
Contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943
Proposal would make tarpon, bonefish catch-and-release only
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), at its April 17 meeting near Tallahassee, moved forward unanimously with a proposal to make tarpon and bonefish catch-and-release-only fisheries.
The tarpon and bonefish catch-and-release-only proposal includes the following potential changes for management in state and federal waters off Florida:
o Eliminating all harvest of tarpon with the exception of the harvest or possession of a single tarpon when in pursuit of an IGFA record and in conjunction with a tarpon tag.
o Keeping the tarpon tag price at $50 per tag but limiting them to one tag per person, per year.
o Modifying the tarpon tag program, including reporting requirements and shifting the start and end date for when the tarpon tag is valid.
o Discontinuing the bonefish tournament exemption permit that allows tournament anglers to temporarily possess bonefish for transport to a tournament scale.
The proposal will be brought back before the Commission for a final public hearing at its June meeting in Lakeland.
In a separate discussion, the Commission also reviewed how gear is being used for the tarpon fishery in Boca Grande Pass. The Commission directed staff to re-examine the definition of snagging and redefine what gear can be used in the Pass. This issue will likely be brought before the Commission at the June meeting as a draft proposal.
Here is a link to the presentation made to the FWC:
And here's the overall agenda for the meeting:
On a related note, the above provisions would effectively end the PTTS weigh-ins, as the only way a tarpon tag could be used would be in pursuit of an IGFA record.