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Caught a Tagged Bonefish? Snap a Photo!

Posted on May 23 2016

Bonefishing Tagging Effort in the Bahamas.
Like this! Photo: Flip McCririck.

We might have just finished up our bonefishing season, but we know that doesn’t mean some of you aren’t still out there getting after it on the flats!

As you might be aware, the good folks from the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust have been putting forth a great effort in tagging bonefish populations throughout the Caribbean and Florida. That means that it’s possible that you’re next bonefish just might be tagged.. If that’s the case, snap a photo!

Not all of us carry a pen and paper with us on the water and a quick photo of the tag is a quick an easy way to record the tag number. These tag numbers help give the folks at BTT a better insight into the movement of bonefish populations, so that their habitat can be better protected for future generations – But they need as many as possible!

So, if you catch a tagged bonefish, snap a photo, and record the details on BTT’s tag report page, here!

Not only does it help out BTT, but it’s also a great way to learn a lot about the very fish you caught as well. For example, take the fish pictured above caught by our buddy, Flip McCririck. Flip landed this bonefish this past winter in the southern keys of South Andros, butaccording to BTT, the fish was originally tagged 25 miles north of that almost exactly a year prior.

On the other hand, this spring our good friend, Bill Scheider, recently landed a tagged bonefish in the same general area of Little Creek on South Andros from where it was originally tagged all the way back in 2013.

Furthermore, both fish were seen to have grown approximately one inch per year from when they were originally tagged.

We think that’s pretty cool stuff, so if you’re lucky enough to catch a tagged bonefish or permit, make sure to help out the good guys and report your findings!

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