rules are a guideline for all to follow. Due to
the large number of boats of Boca Grande Pass, there
must be some harmony among all involved. Keep in mind
that the objective is to show clients and guests
professionalism and a great time. By following these
rules, we can all be winners and friends, hopefully.
We have the best fishing in the world. Let's enjoy and
Drifting" is the most disruptive method of boat
operation and it is despised by all experienced pass
fisherman. It causes hard feelings and sets off a chain
reaction when one crowds in between drifting boats, which
then continues to the next boat causing chaos for everyone
in the fleet. The end result is fewer fish caught and the
more quickly spooked fish will move to another location.
- When finished with a drift,
move back to the head of the pack on the outside of
the drifting boats, NOT through them.
- Operate your boat in the
pass among other tarpon boats at a rate of speed that does
not create a wake, especially in areas of shallow
water known as the "pan" and "hill".
- Keep the engine(s) running
at all times and keep your boat positioned so as not to
disrupt another boat's drift.
- Do not position your
boat during a drift in front of or under the bow of another
- Use tackle sufficient enough
to control a tarpon with a minimum of 50 pound test line.
Do not follow the fish.
- Once hooked, control the
tarpon with your boat and take the fish out of the
pack as quickly as possible before finishing the fight and
releasing the fish.
- In case two boats tangle
with each other's lines, the boat with the fish should
move out of the fleet. The other boat with no fish should
release his drag and then go alongside and slightly ahead
of the boat with the tarpon. The hook will slide up the
tight line of hooked fish and it can then be easily
removed at the rod tip by the captain. Be sure and give
enough slack so he can easily remove the hook.
- Do NOT anchor in the
- Try to adhere to these
rules. Watch and do what the pro's do and you will
have fewer problems. If you need help, ask a professional
Grande Fishing Guides Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 676
Boca Grande, Florida 33921