Boca Grande Pass fishing rules in effect
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."