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Boca Grande Pass fishing rules in effect

News Release

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Media contact: Gary Morse, 863-648-3200

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds anglers that rules 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 popular tarpon fishing season in the pass.

The rules 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 Boca Grande tarpon fishing regulations, the use of appropriate tackle, and proper fishing and boating behavior in Boca Grande Pass, go to MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on "Saltwater Fishing."



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