Belize Tarpon Tagging

Join FRA for a once in a lifetime opportunity to tag Tarpon for scientific research!

Have you ever wanted to be a Marine Biologist for a day and play a significant role in the effort to protect and understand global tarpon populations? In August of 2014, you'll be able to join FRA owner Steve McLaughlin and Adam Marton, self-professed Chicago tarpon enthusiast and conservationist, to do just that. To enhance this special experience, the legendary Stu Apte; author, tarpon guru, holder of over 44 World Records and inductee of the Fishing Hall of Fame will join the first week of the expedition. FRA is excited to be able to offer you the opportunity to also become an elite member of the expedition that will help unlock the answers to the global Tarpon migration code.

El Pescador Lodge, BelizeThe inaugural 2013 expedition group of 12 talented anglers tangled with more than 20 tarpon. Once again, we will be armed with the most technologically advanced PAT & SPOT satellite tags. The goal of the expedition is to land, tag and release adult tarpon that migrate annually to the world-renowned Long Key area.  After tagged tarpon are successfully released, our efforts will enable scientists from the University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science to study global movements, habitat and behavior of the fish. Through a special program arranged through El Pescador Lodge we are now able to offer a custom seven night/ six fishing day expedition to be a part of this unique opportunity.

The Satellite tags used to monitor the tagged fish at El Pescador LodgeThis data will ultimately be used to assist fisheries managers, anglers and government officials from around the globe to make even more intelligent decisions about how to properly manage tarpon populations. Lessons learned from expeditions like this are the cornerstone in ensuring our children's children will have the opportunity to enjoy the Silver King for generations to come. 

Join FRA along with Stu Apte for a once in a lifetime tarpon tagging expedition
Join record holder Stu Apte for a week of tarpon tagging in Belize!

Drawing from more than 2-decades of chasing the Silver King, Adam Marton has designed this entire expedition to enhance your understanding of tarpon for a lifetime. Plan on returning home from this trip with more than just your fair share of day dreams and hero shots. When the boats return to the dock, participate in workshops and seminars offered to enhance your skills and knowledge about the fascinating world of the tarpon. Between “Rocket Science On The Flats”, successful fishing techniques and “how to” sessions, you won’t be wondering if you have the right fly on or a good knot next time it’s your shot at 80-feet moving left to right.

Don’t miss this completely unique opportunity to advance science while mixing it up with the living legend of the sport. Come participate in the fascinating fisheries fieldwork that will take place this summer in the liquid laboratory that is Belize’s unique tarpon habitat.  After careful consideration of annual migration patterns, optimal moon and tidal phases; two, one-week expeditions have been planned for 2014. Expedition dates are August 9-16 (with Stu Apte) & 16-23, 2014. There are a limited number of spots available.

Tarpon Tagging Expedition: Two weeks to choose from

August, 9-16 2014 (with Stu Apte)
August, 16-23 2014

Week 1 Aug. 9-16 (with Stu Apte)
7 Night / 6 Fishing Days

Shared standard room

$4230/per angler

Week 2 Aug. 16-23
7 Night / 6 Fishing Days

Shared standard room

$3475/per angler

Packages Include: 7 nights lodging and 6 days fishing, roundtrip land, air and sea transfers between Belize City and El Pescador, hotel tax, sales tax where applicable, 3 meals per day and hors d’oeuvres, local Belizean beverages consumed at our bar (including soda, beer and rum), complimentary use of all amenities (pools, wi-fi, kayaks, bikes, etc) and a welcome drink. The tarpon tagging expedition also includes group access to the 2 tags from the University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, a group host and a special gift.

Customized trips can also be created for villa upgrades, extensions, non-angling spouses/kids, etc. Please contact us for customized rates.


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