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Updated: 05/23/2014 08:00:01AM

Tarpon jigs and the law

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The old Boca Grande Pass jig may be dead, but new rigs are being created from the same parts and pieces. This has made some people very unhappy. As I see it, there’s no problem — unless the folks developing these rigs are trying to skirt the law.

Let me say this first: Anyone making and using “cheater” rigs deserves to get busted, and if it were up to me, the fines would be a lot more significant than they are. I’ve seen photos of fishermen in Boca Grande Pass using illegal jigs this year (specifically, rig #2 from the photo at right), and what they’re doing is despicable. But there are legitimate reasons for trying to devise a legal way of fishing with the jig.

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