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Fishing Report – June 15, 2019

Posted by on Jun 17, 2019 in Blog/Fishing Reports | 1 comment

Great inaugural offshore trip on Saturday, June 15. Ran to the southern edge of Washington Canyon where we found a nice temperature break. Excellent morning bite with our first fish, a white marlin after trolling 5 minutes. Safely released this fish and one other white marlin an hour later. In addition to the two whites we ended up with 5 yellowfin tuna to 30 lbs and 2 gaffer-size dolphin. Also caught another 6 skipjack tuna and 1 false albacore all in same area. All bites were in 69-70 degree water from 60 fathom to 150 fathom. Seas were SW @ 15kts. Waves 3-4+. On board were Joe Hudock and his entourage along with Johnny Joeckel. Joe Hudock with 25 pounder.Releasing one of two white marlin caught for the day.Nice gafferNice meat...

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2019 Recreational Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Retention Limits (revised)

Posted by on May 21, 2019 in Blog/Fishing Reports | 0 comments

Effective May 11 through December 31, 2019, the BFT daily retention limits are the following. For HMS Angling-permitted vessels: 2 school BFT (27 to <47″) + 1 large school/small medium BFT (47 to <73″); for charter boats with HMS Charter/Headboat category permits, when fishing recreationally: 3 school BFT + 1 large school/small medium BFT; and for head boats with HMS Charter/Headboat category permits, when fishing recreationally: 6 school BFT + 2 large school/small medium BFT. These limits (which are per vessel per day/trip) are effective for all areas except the Gulf of Mexico. Regardless of the duration of a fishing trip (e.g., whether a vessel takes a two-day trip or makes two trips in one day), no more than a single day’s retention limit may be possessed, retained, or landed. Angling and Charter/Headboat vessels may also land one bluefin tuna measuring 73″ or greater per vessel per year north of 39°18’N (off Great Egg Inlet, NJ), as well as in the Gulf of Mexico. The trophy bluefin fishery for the southern area is closed. The recreational yellowfin tuna retention limit is 3/person/day or trip. The minimum size for yellowfin and bigeye tuna is 27″ curved fork length. There are no recreational limits for bigeye, skipjack, or albacore...

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2019 Migratory Species Limits

Posted by on Mar 7, 2019 in Blog/Fishing Reports | 0 comments

The recreational daily swordfish retention limit is 1 fish/person, with maximums of 4 fish/private vessel, 6 for a charter vessel, and 15 for a headboat vessel. The minimum size for swordfish within the recreational fishery is 47″ lower jaw-fork length. You may not keep longbill spearfish. There are no retention limits for Atlantic sailfish, blue marlin and white marlin, but NMFS encourages recreational anglers to release all billfish alive. The minimum sizes for billfish are as follows: Blue Marlin: 99″ lower jaw fork length; White Marlin and Round scale spearfish: 66″ lower jaw fork length; Sailfish: 63″ lower jaw fork length; Longbill Spearfish: Retention prohibited. Lower jaw fork length is a straight line measurement from the tip of the lower jaw to the fork of the caudal fin. There are a total of 21 prohibited shark species that vessel operators should be able to identify (see compliance guide for details). For recreationally-caught sharks, retention of ridgeback sharks other than tiger or smooth dogfish (and oceanic whitetip in certain circumstances) is prohibited. For shortfin mako, catch and release is encouraged, and the minimum size for landing is 83″ straight-line fork length. In summary, the recreational shark limit is 1 shark/vessel/trip with a minimum size of 54″ fork length (but 78″ for hammerheads and 83″ for shortfin mako) plus 1 Atlantic sharpnose shark/person/trip (no min. size); plus 1 bonnethead/person/trip (no min. size). There is no retention or size limit for smoothhound sharks (smooth dogfish, Florida smoothhound, and Gulf...

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2019 Recreational Atlantic Tunas Retention Limits

Posted by on Mar 7, 2019 in Blog/Fishing Reports | 0 comments

Effective January 1, 2019, the bluefin tuna (BFT) daily retention limit is the default limit of 1 school, large school, or small medium BFT (27 to <73″). This default limit applies to both HMS Angling category-permitted vessels and HMS Charter/Headboat category-permitted vessels, and is effective for all areas except the Gulf of Mexico. Angling and Charter/Headboat vessels may also land 1 BFT tuna measuring 73″ or greater per vessel per year in all areas (North, South, and Gulf of Mexico). The recreational yellowfin tuna retention limit is 3/person/day or trip. The minimum size for yellowfin and bigeye tuna is 27″ curved fork length. There are no recreational limits for bigeye, skipjack, or albacore...

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