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Action Alert - Tell the FWC to Ban the Boca Grande Jig

An important call to action from Bonefish Tarpon Trust.

At their upcoming meeting on September 5th - 6th in Pensacola, Florida, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will have a final vote on proposed new rules that would ban the use of the "Boca Grande Jig" and others with similar construction in Boca Grande Pass.

Under the proposed gear restrictions for Boca Grande Pass, a bottom weighted hook such as this would be illegal.
We are requesting that BTT members and other concerned anglers contact the Commissioners to express support for this new regulation, and urge them to vote "yes" on September 5. 

To contact the Commissioners you may email them, call the Commission office at (850)-488-4676, or write to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 620 S. Meridian St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600.


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Can some one tell me why this is so bad for the fish? Do they just take it way to deep in the mouth?


August 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCALGNINJA

According to the article they catch too many fish and fear it will give the illusion of a high population when there is not.

I expected this type of cosmic dumbassery when the BTT was formed.

The BTT is basically the people who catch and kill the most tarpon and bonefish telling the rest of us what we can and cannot do.

August 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterhillary clinton

The actual pass where the boats fish is small, maybe half a football field where the fish actually stage. On a tournament day or even a busy weekend day, 30+ boats troll the jigs through this very small area where the fish are concentrated.

Because of the tide, the fish are basically all facing the same direction. Due the concentration of boats with jigs trolling down current, the jigs are basically pulled into the fish's face.

The sharks are VERY keyed in on this activity as well and eat hooked and released fish.

August 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMark-C

Well you dumb moose fucker, these rigs have been known to snag fish behind the gill plate outside of an elicited strike. You cannucks are so goddam stupid. Oh, and thanks for the whole tar sands thing, put down the molson and stand up for something for once in your country's history.

So glad comments are turned back on...

August 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterArthur Digby Sellers

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