Tarpon Bash Comes to Trinidad and Tobago for the Second Time
The second annual Trinidad Tarpon Bash, to be held from August 17 – 20, 2006, hosted by the Tourism Development Company Limited and Carib Brewery Limited, is preparing for yet another stellar event including the most consistent tarpon fishery in the Caribbean, fabulous parties provided by Carib Brewery and the launch of the first ever Caribbean Tarpon tagging program.
The staff of Sport Fishing and Fly Fishing in Salt Waters magazines is preparing a fantastic event for all tarpon lovers. Awards will include cash, electronics, fishing tackle, sunglasses and fiberglass trophies. Each registered angler will be greeted with a tournament bag including spirits, t-shirts and fishing goodies.
The scientific research group Bonefish Tarpon unlimited (BTU) will be assigning researchers to tag captured fish, in an effort to identify the southern Caribbean migration patters and growth patterns. This is an unprecedented event since no one has ever studied the tarpon species in this region of the world.
The BTU plans to tag several tarpon with spaghetti tags, which invite anglers retrieving the tags, to contact the research unit and provide valuable data. Each tag has a number that matches an information card that is filled out when the fish is initially caught. The information recorded includes the location of the catch, date and time of the catch and the estimated weight of the fish.
In addition the BTU plans on tagging at least one large tarpon with a satellite tag. The tags are used to record information on the specie movements, water depth and salinity level. The satellite tags are preprogrammed to remove itself from the fish after a predetermined amount of time and then rise to the surface where it transmits the information to the satellite. The scientists at BTU then download the information and analyze and disaggregate the data. This work is key to protecting Trinidad and Tobago’s incredible tarpon fishery by providing scientific information, pertinent to the local fishing industry.
Sport Fishing Magazine TV will be on location, in Trinidad and Tobago, to film this historic event. The programme will air on the Outdoor Life Network to 65 million households.
For more information please contact the director Dan Jacobs at 407-571-4680 or log on to the web site