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Old 09-06-2019, 06:35 PM
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Originally Posted by HTJ View Post
Since I went with the smaller seakeeper on the Viking I have room for a fish hold with freezer plates....oh wait this isn't the humble brag thread
Well, since I started to carry my GE chest freezer on board my 16' aluminum sword killer after dumping my seakeeper all my problems are solved too.
Old 10-10-2019, 12:02 AM
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Used a few bags and in sole boxes in very warm climates. The key to keeping fish cold in hot climates over hours of fishing is a minimum of air so if you have a big bag or box with a fish and ice, put a blanket (you can use a plasitc trash bag or tarp) to make a barrier or collapse the bag down/around to get the air out over the fish/ice. I also like to make a slurry with salt water and ice as soon as I put a fish in my bag as it will get very cold quickly even though you sacrifice some ice. I think the key is to high quality fishing is killing quick and bleeding immediately for sushi grade so the lactic acid isn't trapped in the fish body.


On bags, I would go with the major brands as they stand by their products better and would get at least 1" insulation. I wouldn't buy Sunfish Gear as they send out defective product (missing handles, drain valve will break/de-laminate from bag and fall out after 1 use - found the whole drain valve thing in bags to be a waste) and warranty is not honored. I think all bags leak through the zippers and get punctures from game fish but like bags with wide bottoms to hold ice and lots of fish.
Old 10-10-2019, 12:25 AM
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Originally Posted by wes66 View Post
what are the laws if you plug a swordfish? what if dnr wants to measure it.
Idk about other states but FL is 25" from gill to tail bump.
Old 10-10-2019, 07:12 AM
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Originally Posted by wes66 View Post
what are the laws if you plug a swordfish? what if dnr wants to measure it.
For Rec fisherman, to eliminate confusion from DNR you can dress fish and leave lower jaw and fork of the tail attached. Cut right behind eyes to remove bill, fins, tail lobes, guts. This way it fits better in box, bag, and still allows for fork measurement. If the whole thing is >47" you can plug all the way. This eliminates getting hassled by a DNR officer that doesn't know about the 25" CK measurement.
Old 10-17-2019, 12:11 PM
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Originally Posted by wes66 View Post
what are the laws if you plug a swordfish? what if dnr wants to measure it.
It depends on the state. You should probably check the regs.
Old 10-17-2019, 12:28 PM
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Originally Posted by TeamShark View Post
It depends on the state. You should probably check the regs.
Nope. Its a federal rule on swordfish. States would have no jurisdiction over it. 100% federally managed species.
Old 10-18-2019, 04:06 PM
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Originally Posted by hamma job View Post
Nope. Its a federal rule on swordfish. States would have no jurisdiction over it. 100% federally managed species.
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The feds set the rules; however, the states enforce them since NMFS does not have very many enforcement officers. The CG also has the right to enforce fishery laws. As such, below are the laws for Florida in terms of gutting, cleaning fish...

The saltwater fish that must remain whole through landing are:

Billfish (blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish) 50CFR635.30(B) (federal regulations apply to the shoreline)
Black drum 68B-36.005(2)
Bluefish 68B-43.003(2)
Crawfish 68B-24.003(4)
Dolphin 68B-41.003(3) - commercial harvest only
Mullet 68B-39.003(2) - commercial harvest only (no recreational size limit)
Sharks 68B-44.004(4)
Snook 68B-21.005(2)
Swordfish 68B-33.004(5)
Wahoo 68B-41.003(3)
Weakfish 68B-47.002(3)

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