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Old 05-31-2018, 08:00 PM
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What really pisses me of is seeing a boat load of barely legal peanut Dolphin. Why the hell would anyone for one want to clean them all. For two they are the fastest growing fish out there. Just think how the Dolphin fishing would be if They raised the size limit. All I see is pictures from South Florida and the Keys. Limited out with peanut Dolphin. I just donít get it. That is one fish they need to change the rules on. Donít get me started in the decline in wahoo sence the popularity of the 2 month long wahoo tournaments now. The fish population has taken a shit in Florida. Except Red Snapper Kill them all. Just My Rant.
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Old 05-31-2018, 09:02 PM
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Do you live in south Florida or the Keys? Do you understand that limiting out as you call it does not happen everyday? As long as us ignorant hayseeds are operating within the law you should stfu. Change the law if you don’t like it.
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Old 05-31-2018, 09:51 PM
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A buddy and I go out dolphin fishing and with our limit of 20 we never limit out. On those few occasions when things were happening he stopped me because he didn't want to clean 20 fish.

So I agree that in our case the limiting doesn't happen every day. Once in a while we will get a few peanut dolphin and they make a nice meal when better fish aren't available. Thankfully longer dolphin than 20.5 inches usually end up in our fish box.

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In before "it's the tourist industry" and "not everybody can fish all the time".

In after "it's the law and I may not breaking it so I'll kill as many damn peanuts as I want".

I agree with OP. Same thing up here.
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I agree with OP.
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Old 06-01-2018, 05:29 AM
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Due to the FACT that the overwhelming majority in this world do not give a "Rats Ass", about anybody nor anything but themselves, I'm in total agreement with the OP.

People would overfish every single species in the ocean if they we'e allowed to, that's just a fact! That goes for BOTH the recreational & Commercial fishermen.

Walk out on ANY pier, ANYWHERE and you will see bucket after bucket of all undersized fish of every kind.

At Ponce Inlet where I go when I can, I used to call both the Life Guard station and FL Fish & Game to report these scum bags, almost always Asian, or Spanish folks!

Never once did anything ever happen....never!

I'm sorry to say that due to total lack of enforcement much stricter rules need to be put in place with first time offences huge fines!!!!!

Once the word get out that it's now a several thousand dollar fine to be caught with undersized or over limit, the shit will stop in a hurry.

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"Barely legal" is legal! Don't think for a minute that the commercial fisherman don't keep every one.
They probably keep more 20" dolphin in a day, than the recreational fisherman keep in a month.
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Give me a couple of peanut dolphin any day, nothing is worse than a 10 -30 pound bull dolphin when it comes to eating.

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Almost always the over fishing problem can be traced back to commercial fishing. Fix the problem instead of punishing recreational fishing. But at the same time you can let some of the smaller ones go; we only keep what we're going to eat. Our intent isn't to post a picture of a pile of dead fish to impress people we don't know.
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20? Geez, I fish in Mexico and the limit is TWO. Peanuts get released, unless they are simply too badly damaged. 25 to 30 pounders are the ones that get kept. Largest to date was a 45 pounder. We often get schools of peanuts that will sit off the back of the boat. We don't even bother with them.
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Love some grilled peanuts between some lite bread !!
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Iím not talking about keeping a few peanuts. Iíve seen pics of boats down in the Keys just loaded up with Peanuts. And that is one of the reasons tha 20 to 30lb fish are not as common anymore. The spring Dolphin run has turned to shit for the last few years.
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Keep all the Dolphin you want. What we really need to protect is the Mahi Mahi.
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Originally Posted by Dulcecita Lures View Post
20? Geez, I fish in Mexico and the limit is TWO. Peanuts get released, unless they are simply too badly damaged. 25 to 30 pounders are the ones that get kept. Largest to date was a 45 pounder. We often get schools of peanuts that will sit off the back of the boat. We don't even bother with them.
hell yes. in cabo we routinely catch them in the 50 pound range and theres not a damn thing wrong with that meat.
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Originally Posted by back at it View Post
Love some grilled peanuts between some lite bread !!
Originally Posted by wahoo wacker View Post
Keep all the Dolphin you want. What we really need to protect is the Mahi Mahi.
I like my peanuts honey roasted and my Dorado grilled.
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hell yes. in cabo we routinely catch them in the 50 pound range and theres not a damn thing wrong with that meat.
Yeah, you just need to fillet the skin off instead of ripping it off. The "threads" the skin leaves behind when ripped off changes the texture and possibly could change the flavor. I think if properly cleaned, they taste the same, 20" to 50lb.
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Most of the boats I see doing this are charters. The photos look good on their website to those who don't know better.

We keep what we can eat or give away, but if the fish are that small, we will just keep enough for us each to take home and feed our family a meal. I'd rather the good karma and have more stud bulls and cows out there to catch.
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Keep all the Dolphin you want. What we really need to protect is the Mahi Mahi.
keep 1 mahi throw the other mahi back

this is the BS I don't agree with. private charters keep everything, and I would be willing to bet 75% of the customers don't have a clue in china what to do with all the fish they take home. at least the commercial guys clean and use it all
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I'm not defending over fishing, but if I had to go out 40 miles or more to catch fish, and only got to go once in a while, I'd keep everything legal too. With that said, I live in Jensen Beach and "good" fishing is 5-10 miles out and we go all the time. I typically keep enough for everyone on the boat to eat that night or next day, and release the rest. I want my daughter "8" to have fish to catch in the future.
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Originally Posted by Pure Luck View Post
I'm not defending over fishing, but if I had to go out 40 miles or more to catch fish, and only got to go once in a while, I'd keep everything legal too. With that said, I live in Jensen Beach and "good" fishing is 5-10 miles out and we go all the time. I typically keep enough for everyone on the boat to eat that night or next day, and release the rest. I want my daughter "8" to have fish to catch in the future.
but be honest...is it pride and being able to 'show off' pics of a huge catch, or will you actually consume 100+ lbs of mahi dorado dolphin.
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