A large cash prize will be awarded to the first eight captains who catch and successfully tag tarpon near or larger than 100 pounds on the first day of the Challenge. If eight fish are not tagged, a slightly smaller cash prize will be awarded on the second day. The prizes have been donated by several private individuals who support the tagging project.
During the two previous fall tagging campaigns, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, working with the University of Miami, gathered day-by-day charts of the tarpons’ movement. This knowledge will be the basis of continuing conservation efforts.
The goal is to learn enough about the Charlotte Harbor tarpons’ behavior so that we can help ensure they continue to return to local waters.
No fish will be tagged in the Pass due to the high possibility of shark kill. Most tagging will take place in Charlotte Harbor and on the beach.
Dr. Aaron Adams, Director of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, will run one or two “science boats” to actually perform the placing of the tags on fish that are caught.
All guides are welcome to participate, whether they have clients onboard or not. All guides and anglers, including fly, bait, and plug, are welcome.
Any guide or angler wishing to enter the tagging tournament should register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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