1. CCA Florida supports the catch and release provisions and other final rule changes being proposed by the FWCC.
2. CCA Florida supports the revised definition of snagging for tarpon, with a couple clarifications that are in capital letters below:
“Snagging” or “snatch hooking” is the intentional catch of a tarpon by any device intended to impale or hook the tarpon by any part of its body other than the mouth, or INTENTIONALLY catching or INTENTIONALLY attempting to catch a tarpon in any manner or method other than enticing or attracting a tarpon to strike with, and become hooked in, its mouth”.
3. With respect to the proposed draft rule for new gear restrictions in Boca Grande Pass, there has been controversy over the use of tarpon fishing gear in Boca Grande Pass for many years. The FWCC and its predecessor, the Florida Marine Fisheries Commission, have held numerous public hearings and Commission discussions on the subject. A 2002-2004 FWCC tarpon study compared jig fishing and live bait fishing and found that there was no significant difference in release mortality. CCA Florida sees no credible evidence of change in the fishery since this issue was last discussed and CCA Florida does not believe that any changes to current regulations related to tarpon fishing in Boca Grande Pass are warranted.