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Old 06-08-2015, 12:46 PM
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Originally Posted by LI Sound Grunt View Post
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A man is caught sitting at a make-shift campfire by a forest ranger, and to the ranger's horror, the man is eating a bald eagle. The man is consequently put in jail for the crime. On the day of his trial, the conversation went something like this:

JUDGE: "Do you know that eating a bald eagle is a federal offense?"

MAN: "Yes I do. But if you let me argue my case, I'll explain what happened."

JUDGE: "Proceed."

MAN: "I got lost in the woods. I hadn't had anything to eat for two weeks. I was so hungry. Next thing I see is a Bald Eagle swooping down at the lake for some fish. I knew that if I followed the Eagle I could maybe steal the fish. I caught up with the eagle who landed on a tree stump to eat the fish. I threw a stone toward the eagle hoping he would drop the fish and fly away. Unfortunately, in my weakened condition, my aim was off, and the rock hit the eagle squarely on his poor little head, and killed it. I thought long and hard about what had happened, but figured that since I killed it I might as well eat it since it would be more disgraceful to let it rot on the ground."

JUDGE: "The court will take a recess while I consider your testimony."

(15 minutes goes by and the judge returns.)

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The Judge then leans over the bench and whispers: "If you don't mind my asking, what does a bald eagle taste like?"

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Old 06-08-2015, 01:21 PM
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Offshore, over 12 miles... It's all fair game... Coming back in is where the problem lies... Personally if it's undersized, restricted or otherwise not legal I just don't do it...
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Old 06-08-2015, 01:24 PM
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Originally Posted by KJS View Post
In Virginia you can get fined for using flounder belly for bait. Same as having undersized fish.
In Va you can use flounder belly if you keep the carcass of the fish and its counted toward your fish count and it was of legal size.
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Old 06-08-2015, 01:43 PM
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Like someone else said, I think it is a lb or 2 per person as long as you have means to cook on board.
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Old 06-08-2015, 02:08 PM
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Amazing how many regulations you have
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Old 06-08-2015, 03:44 PM
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This is merely a taste. The fishing regulations in Texas are a 40 page book, (that's STATE regulations only), Federal regulations are another book.

30,000 pages Federal income tax law, 60,000 pages New health care law, that also amends, and adds to Income tax law.

Total laws in US over 1 million pages with new ones passed in 50 states, and US Congress every day.

A whole class of our country, (we call them Liberals), believe the problem is we just don't have enough laws.
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Old 06-08-2015, 04:59 PM
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Originally Posted by captcrsty View Post
What happens on the boat stays on the boat.
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Old 06-08-2015, 05:07 PM
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Quite frankly, its BS that the cancelled this year. I could give you some #s where they are so thick you could walk on them. Its absolutely ridiculous. Its needs to be on a state by state basis.
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Old 06-08-2015, 05:12 PM
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Last Thursday I caught one on a jig and got him to the side of the boat and a whole school was following it. It was like a school of trigger fish, only red snapper. I'm pretty sure it would be against the regulations to cook one on board. Nice try Chip. The grill is great for burgers. When you and Damon and Leon coming fishing with me?
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Old 06-08-2015, 05:14 PM
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I always keep a couple of frozen breaded fish sticks on board (usually Talapia or Chinese catfish) to cook up for the DNR when they come aboard.
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Old 06-08-2015, 08:02 PM
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Originally Posted by capncarl2 View Post
I always keep a couple of frozen breaded fish sticks on board (usually Talapia or Chinese catfish) to cook up for the DNR when they come aboard.
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Old 06-08-2015, 08:09 PM
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Second that. Funny indeed.

I guess they need a rule or otherwise folks are going to catch a zillion of something, filet and claim all were legal.

But if I want a fresh fish sammich' for lunch and I get fussed at by LEO, I'm going to be grumpy. I doubt they would, though. Not the intent of the law.
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Old 06-08-2015, 09:03 PM
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What about catching something like a bait fish (i.e. grunt, ladyfish, etc) and cutting them up as bait? If that's the case is that illegal as well?
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Originally Posted by tcpip95 View Post
What about catching something like a bait fish (i.e. grunt, ladyfish, etc) and cutting them up as bait? If that's the case is that illegal as well?
why would that be illegal? They're not a 'controlled' species.
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Old 06-09-2015, 05:33 AM
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In SC, you must bring the fish back fully intact. Although the literature may be interpreted that as long as the fish is whole and you could fillet it, I contacted a DNR officer and was told if you brought a fish in filleted, you will get a ticket.
That is for fish landed...if you filleted the fish offshore, ate it, and tossed the carcass overboard, well...as long as they don't have it on film...
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You are absolutely allowed to filet a fish “for immediate consumption” in Florida. In fact, I do this regularly. Fish must be of legal size, in season, and all that… I’ve pan seared, grilled, and even deep fried fish offshore before and each time everything we were doing would be 100% defensible. Most often, if I’m cutting a fish offshore, it’s going into ceviche. Technically not cooking at all, but I think it would be tough to argue against a Tupperware full of lime juice, cilantro, peppers, orange juice, etc. if an officer approached. In fact, I’d just offer them some.

It’s simple, really, if you appear and act like you’re doing something illegal, you probably are.
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Originally Posted by Wolakrab View Post
In SC, you must bring the fish back fully intact. Although the literature may be interpreted that as long as the fish is whole and you could fillet it, I contacted a DNR officer and was told if you brought a fish in filleted, you will get a ticket.
That is for fish landed...if you filleted the fish offshore, ate it, and tossed the carcass overboard, well...as long as they don't have it on film...
I think it's one of those things where you ask 5 DNR officers the same question, you will get 6 answers. My buddy has talked to them and you are allowed a certain amount per person on board if you have the ability to cook it.
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Old 06-09-2015, 06:06 AM
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Originally Posted by schoolsout1 View Post
I think it's one of those things where you ask 5 DNR officers the same question, you will get 6 answers. My buddy has talked to them and you are allowed a certain amount per person on board if you have the ability to cook it.
This is what I recall.
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I keep some powdered wasabi, soy sauce, and lemon pepper on board, and have often "quality checked" the catch of the day.

But none of those came back to the landing.
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