The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds anglers that seasonal conservation measures regulating the use of fishing gear in Boca Grande Pass for the next three months took effect April 1. These rules apply each year during the height of the tarpon fishing season in the pass.
The measures prohibit the deployment of more than three fishing lines from a vessel at any time and prohibit the use of breakaway gear to harvest any fish in the pass during April, May and June. Breakaway gear is defined as "any bob, float, weight, lure or spoon that is affixed to a fishing line or hook with wire, line, rubber bands, plastic ties or other fasteners designed to break off when a fish is caught."
The FWC encourages anglers to use and develop rigging techniques that reduce the likelihood of debris collecting on the bottom of the pass. Anglers are also asked to respect others fishing in the pass and to operate their boats safely.
For more information regarding tarpon fishing regulations, use of appropriate tackle, and proper fishing and boating behavior in Boca Grande Pass, go to MyFWC.com/Fishing and select "Saltwater Fishing" then "Recreational Regulations" and "Tarpon in Boca Grande."