Author: Trout's Staff
This came off the website for of the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust regarding the recent fish kill in Florida that resulted from the extreme cold in early January.
“The severe cold that gripped Florida in early January resulted in high levels of fish mortality. Snook appear to have been hardest hit, but bonefish and tarpon were killed as well. In response, on January 15, 2010, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission closed harvest on these three species. Catch and Release fishing is still allowed. And there is a silver lining in this cloud.
The cold weather in Florida has caused mortalities of numerous coastal gamefishes. The night temperature reached down to freezing along coastal areas in the central and southern part of the state three or four nights in a row. Reports of dead bonefish came from in the Upper Keys and scattered reports of small tarpon statewide. The FWC has closed these fisheries to harvest even though few tarpon are kept, and the limit on bonefish is only one per person per day (yes, some are still harvested in South Florida). Catch and release fishing for these species is still allowed. The FWC is taking this proactive, precautionary approach to ensure the long-term health of the fisheries. As temperatures warm, guides and anglers are finding hungry fish coming in from deeper waters.