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Updated: 05/23/2014 08:00:00AM


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By Capt. Van Hubbard

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What now? Fix our problems, deal with issues or lose fisheries.

Many of us worked and gave a lot of effort to do something about illegal snagging of tarpon in Boca Grande Pass. Now that we have the “Boca Grande Jig” snagging gear outlawed, some still defy the law, or skirt its intent. The intention is simply to stop snagging tarpon around Boca Grande Pass. In my opinion, I think there are individuals out there who just don’t show respect or consideration for anything but the gain to be made in the short term. If they cared about the long term, they would protect the fish that they fish for. They seem to share the attitude that if they can’t snag fish here, then no one can fish here. They are running the tarpon off, so no one can enjoy this once great fishery. I sincerely hope our Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission figures out how to protect these fish from snagging and unnecessary harassment. Just my opinion.

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