Boca Grande is the historical birthplace of the tarpon fishery, the center of tarpon reproduction, and a way-station for tarpon that make up the fishery for much of the region. The modern-day recreational fishery for tarpon stretches from Chesapeake Bay, throughout the Gulf of Mexico, and through the Caribbean – a fishery worth billions of dollars a year.
This now-famous fishery began in Charlotte Harbor in 1885, when the first tarpon ever caught on hook and line was recorded. This led to the tarpon fishing tradition that continues to this day, and is why Boca Grande is considered the “tarpon capital of the world.”
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