tarpon landing guidelines?
Fortunately, I was taught by guides when first learning how to land tarpon to keep them in the water and grab them by the lower lip/jaw while removing the hook. That is what I have shown others as well. Conservation of the fish is foremost. A quick landing and release will always improve the health and chance for survival of the fish.
FWC regs say that a fish over 40 can not be removed from the water. What does that mean - if the tail is in the water is the fish technically still in the water?