Spearfishing… for tarpon. It is happening.

There are things that are not illegal, but are still immoral. I’d say that spearing an adult tarpon just so you can show it off a bit before throwing it away is, in fact, immoral. I guess this is happening in federal waters in the Gulf and it is pretty disgusting.

Fly Life Magazine broke this story.

Hundreds of tarpon are being legally killed and trashed every winter, spring and summer by spearfishermen in Gulf coast states. This issue is important and needs to be addressed. These guys aren’t harvesting tarpon. They just kill them and boast – large females to be dissected and sampled and then thrown in the garbage!

This is not good. We need to figure out a way to keep this from happening.

That just sucks.

That just sucks.

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  1. Hey, thanks for the shout-out. We’re on this with some big hitter support in the right places. We’ll be posting once a week on the subject.
    These spear-chuckers are real Neanderthals.

  2. WHAT THE ~!@# !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. That is so f****** up on so many levels. Thanks for the heads up Bjorn. We’ll post it as well. Whoa…

  4. I suggest a spear through the foot of such idiots would gather attention for others.

  5. This issue has been addressed before by a number of groups including Tarbone, (now BTT).
    I would suggest reading the comment thread before engaging the,”Neanderthals.”

  6. That’s a pretty interesting link. I guess nothing has changed in the last 5 years… still going on.

  7. Robhie Schmidt

    As one of the so Called Neanderthal Hell Divers, I am appalled at some of your comments. BLAH BLAH BLAH INDIGNATION AND JUSTIFICATIONS (added by me, the editor) (This is where the guy tries to get all high and mighty, saying more fish are killed by things like the PTTS… of course, he wouldn’t know that this group is pretty much appalled by the PTTS and actively works against it. His reasoning goes something like “You don’t like that I shoot dogs for sport? Well, more dogs are killed every year by cars than by my group of spear hunters so before you get upset about me killing dogs you need to look at what you are doing with your damn cars!” It is a lame argument. It fails and I won’t allow that kind of crap here. So, Hell Divers, go post in your own forum about how mad you are that we are mad at you, but you won’t get the space here.)

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