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Old 05-04-2018, 12:23 AM
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Surprised it hasnt been posted here. Couple mgfc boats brought in 500+ pounders.

Guys next to me at airport were returning from venice and showed me (they didnt catch them).

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Old 05-04-2018, 10:10 AM
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Incidental bycatch I'm sure...
Tryin' to keep it quiet, Too many feds around as it is...
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Old 05-04-2018, 10:18 AM
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Not trying to keep it too low key.
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Old 05-04-2018, 12:35 PM
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.15 metric tons left in the quota
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Old 05-04-2018, 01:27 PM
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Yep. I didn't post it on purpose....
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Old 05-04-2018, 01:36 PM
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What about the sword. That's got to be near 80" LJFL. whats that? around 2.5-3 tubs?
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Old 05-04-2018, 02:16 PM
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What are the rules/regulations/season for catching Bluefin tuna in the Gulf of Mexico? I always thought they were off limits.
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Old 05-04-2018, 04:06 PM
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Let me google that for you
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Not trying to keep it too low key.
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Old 05-04-2018, 04:47 PM
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Its no secret y'all need to lay off the tinfoil lol
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Old 05-04-2018, 05:10 PM
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Word is out the toon hunter was photographed rolling south this am in search of the elusive bluefin out of venice.
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Old 05-04-2018, 05:13 PM
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Did they sell the fish or fillet them?
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Old 05-04-2018, 05:21 PM
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I think selling them is illegal
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Catch of a lifetime. Congrats to captains and crew!
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Old 05-05-2018, 05:51 AM
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I got this from Louisiana Wildlife and fisheries


Bluefin Tuna
Size Limit: 73” min curved fork length
Bag and Possession Limit: 1 per vessel per year with appropriate federal permit as incidental catch during the open season
Current Season: Incidental trophy season is closed June 7, 2017 to December 31, 2017
Notes:
  • All bluefin tuna must be reported within 24 hours of landing to NMFS by calling 888-872- 8862 or visitingwww.hmspermits.noaa.gov. For further information about angling category permits call the NMFS HMS Division at 888-872-8862 or 301-713-2347.
  • There is no directed or targeted recreational fishing of bluefin tuna allowed in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Seasons subject to close at any time. Get more information HERE.
  • Recreational anglers, except those under 16 years of age and those on a paid for-hire charter trip, must obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit. Charter Captains must also obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.
  • Anglers fishing for tunas within or outside Louisiana state waters are subject to both state and federal laws, rules and regulations. Federal regulations regarding the recreational harvest of tunas change often, especially for bluefin tuna. Prior to angling for or harvest of tuna, be aware of the most current federal regulations for fishing or harvest, including sizes, bag limits and closed seasons. For updates on tuna quota monitoring and tuna retention limit adjustments, anglers may call the Atlantic Tunas Information Line at 888-872-8862. The “Atlantic Tunas Regulations Brochure” is available at http://hmspermits.noaa.gov/ library.asp and announcements of changes may be accessed via the web at http:// hmspermits.noaa.gov/news.asp.
  • Permanent Louisiana regulations on tuna harvest may be superseded by seasonal changes within the federal regulatory system. See websites referenced above for current federal regulations.
  • A HMS Permit is required for all owners/ operator of vessels in the Gulf of Mexico fishing for and/or retaining the HMS regulated species of tunas, billfishes, swordfish and sharks.
  • An Atlantic HMS Charter/Headboat Permit is required for all charter or headboat fishing for and/or retaining regulated Atlantic HMS in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
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So the strategy is don't post it so the feds don't hear, but the captains call the feds directly to report harvesting HMFS fish, so I guess that makes perfect sense???

That looks like a pretty awesome day on the water! How big were the tunas?
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https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/resource/outreach-and-education/atlantic-hms-recreational-compliance-guide

IT took me more googling than I anticipated. Download the document on this link. It should cover pretty much everything.
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Saw it on Farcebook.
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Were they both caught by the same boat?
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Were they both caught by the same boat?
Same charter company two different boats.
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