FWC News Release
Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943 or Amanda.Nalley@MyFWC.com

Sands shift and when they do, sometimes, buoys must be moved and boundaries changed. That’s what happened recently in Boca Grande Pass. Recent changes to the buoys marking Boca Grande Pass will affect tarpon anglers and others fishing in the Pass during the months of April, May and June.

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Earlier this year, several buoys marking Boca Grande Pass were moved by the U.S. Coast Guard to better align with the shifting channel. One buoy specifically (Flashing Red Buoy #12) was a reference point marking the boundaries of Boca Grande Pass for the purposes of specific gear restrictions. Red buoy #12 was removed and replaced with a new buoy (Charlotte Harbor Channel LB 6). This new buoy is about a quarter mile east-southeast of the old buoy.

Regulations that apply within this area defined as Boca Grande Pass include:
  • Fishing with gear that has a weight attached to a hook, artificial fly or lure in such a way that the weight hangs lower than the hook when the line or leader is suspended vertically from the rod is prohibited year-round.
  • No more than three fishing lines may be deployed from a vessel at any one time during the months of April, May and June.
  • No person shall use, fish with or place in the water any breakaway gear during the months of April, May and June.

To learn more about tarpon, visit www.MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Tarpon.”