What makes them so "Valuable"?I've never heard of such a practice in all the years Ive gone to the keys. That's probably because if anybody actually does what you've stated, they don't tell anyone to save face. I've caught several big Hammerheads in my life, both offshore and from the surf. I can't remember ever having to use a piece of Tarpon, Blue Marlin or other to do it.
I'm going to be glad when Florida makes Tarpon catch and release only. There's a bill already in the works and I hope it goes through. I am not a treehugger, I kill all kinds of shit (for food), but the idea of killing something as valuable as a Tarpon just for bait is completely ridiculous. This is the kind of crap that keeps environmental extremists scrolling pages of public forums, local fishing mags, etc. because its these irresponsible practices that make the perfect ammo for them to use against us.