Written by: Nick Roberts, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust
Orvis CEO Perk Perkins caught and released bonefish BAP3435 while fishing last week with Bonefish & Tarpon Trust Bahamas Initiative Manager Justin Lewis. This fish was tagged on September 17, 2016, on the north side of Grand Bahama Island. It was the first bonefish ever tagged there, and Perk caught it in the exact spot where it was tagged, nearly two years ago. At the time of the tagging, fish BAP3435 was 19 inches, and at time of recapture was 20 inches, growing a whole inch in 20 months. More than 70 percent of bonefish recaptures take place within 1 kilometer of the site of the tagging, highlighting the need for conservation at a local level.
Nick Roberts is Director of Marketing & Communications for Bonefish & Tarpon Trust.