This is puzzling to me. I read in "the other threads" that the fish cops will be giving citations to anyone interfering with the PTTS fishing ... maybe I got that wrong but I don't think so.
It seems to me, based only on the reading, that the PTTS stuff effectively precludes anyone else not engaged with the tournament from fishing period. Since this isn't just a one-off day thing, my conclusion is that the PTTS folks are actually interfering with everyone else wanting to fish who should have an equal right to fish the same water and at the same time.
Question: Does the state issue the PTTS an exclusive use permit? If no, it seems that the fish cops and FWC aren't doing their job by allowing that circus to go on. If they are granting PTTS an exclusive use permit then there must be an enabling authorization and that is what needs to be corrected.
Disclaimer: I have never fished tarpon and probably never will. I have no dog in this fight either way other than what is right for the fishery and fair to the folks who live here, which includes many of the PTTS participants I assume. The pictures I have seen are a pitiful example of fishing and just a plain mess ... I can't imaging why the fish cops and/or FWC allow the behavior, especially if they are willing to writ citations for others wanting to fish.
I have to be missing the big picture or something else ... this looks to be suspicious on the surface.