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State attorney won’t prosecute local guides; Tampa area captain’s fate uncertain

State attorney won't prosecute local guides; Tampa area captain's fate uncertain

While high-profile Professional Tarpon Tournament Series angler and charter captain James W. Huddleston continues to await his day in Lee County Circuit Court, prosecutors are moving ahead with plans [...]

PTTS quietly pulls a flip-flop on the once-despised ‘J’ hook

PTTS quietly pulls a flip-flop on the once-despised 'J' hook

Take a quick moment to compare these two short excerpts pulled from the current and past "rules" found on the Professional Tarpon Tournament Series website. First this: From the 2013 PTTS rules: "Hoo[...]

‘The assumption that jiggers can easily switch to another lure isn’t true’

'The assumption that jiggers can easily switch to another lure isn’t true'

On September 5, 2013, Tallahassee lobbyist Lane Stephens addressed the seven members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in Pensacola prior to their unanimous vote to outlaw the s[...]

(UPDATED) Local guides cited by FWC

(UPDATED) Local guides cited by FWC

UPDATE (June 18, 2014): State attorney won't prosecute local guides; Tampa area captain's fate uncertain Two Boca Grande area guides have been cited by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservatio[...]

‘That sure sounds like snagging to me,’ Pinellas angler tells FWC cops

'That sure sounds like snagging to me,' Pinellas angler tells FWC cops

Matt Selby is one of those down-to-earth kind of guys who, like the rest of us, enjoys fishing. On May 9, Matt made the drive to Boca Grande from Pinellas County where you can often find him on the wa[...]

PTTS captain facing FWC criminal charges for fishing ‘new jig’

PTTS captain facing FWC criminal charges for fishing 'new jig'

Just days after the so-called "new jig" made its debut in Boca Grande Pass, a Tampa Bay area fishing guide and prominent Professional Tarpon Tournament Series team captain quickly found himself - and [...]

Who is Save the Tarpon?

We are stewards of the Boca Grande tarpon fishery and
proponents of ethical angling.

Save the Tarpon, Inc. is a Florida non-profit corporation created to advocate for ethical angling and promote the stewardship of the Boca Grande Pass tarpon fishery.  We believe in the use of responsible, conservation oriented fishing and handling techniques by anglers as well as preserving fair and equal access for all users in order to protect this historically and culturally significant fishery.

Our mission is to protect & preserve the tarpon and their habitat.

We strongly oppose, and call for the immediate termination of, the Professional Tarpon Tournament Series (PTTS) in Boca Grande, Florida.  Our opposition stems from the destructive, unethical fishing practices and unsportsmanlike conduct promoted by this six week long, for-profit fishing tournament television show.  We believe the disruptive fishing methods endorsed by the PTTS and employed by its participants are likely causing the tarpon to change their movement, feeding, and spawning behaviors and is threatening the survival of  the fishery.  The hyper-aggressive culture of disrespect created by the PTTS has, and continues to severely hinder fair and equal access to the fishery by all other user groups for the sole purpose of generating increased revenue for shareholders of the tournament and its associated production.