Captain Artie Price holds the record for the largest recorded Tarpon caught, weighed, & released in Boca Grande, Florida.
Save the Tarpon, who has been in a legal battle with the Professional Tarpon Tournament Series, has waged a social media war against Captain Price because of this video, which depicts the guide holding a tarpon as it is eaten by a group of sharks.
The video shows Captain Price trying to revive a tired tarpon that has just been caught by a client, and is currently under investigation by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.
With apparently 15-20 sharks in the water, the exhausted tarpon surely would have been eaten upon immediate release. The ironic thing is that Save the Tarpon lobbied specifically for law 68B-32.004 Restriction on Possession of Tarpon which handcuffed Captain Price from being able to successfully release the tarpon.
According to Florida law, a “tarpon greater than 40 inches fork length may not be removed from the water” and the fisherman “shall release the tarpon in the immediate area where the tarpon was caught.”
Since the captain was not able to take the tarpon out of the water, or release it to another area, he was only given two options: release it- unrevived -to the sharks, or hold on to it until it was ready for release.
Save the Tarpon is a non-profit, social media driven, “environmental” hit-group that’s main aim to defame other fisherman. Their predominant tactic is to pressure sponsorships to withdraw their support from fisherman, or fishing events they don’t approve of.
These “environmentalists” seek to fuel outrage about the practices of all fisherman to the non-sportsman, who have an increasingly difficult time understanding a sport that is becoming more controversial, thanks to these supposed “stewards” of the sport.