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Old 03-16-2004, 05:37 PM
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A quick question for all the Tuna enthusiast. Is the recreational HMS permit for the boat and all fishing on that boat? Or do all on the boat have to get seperate HMS permits? Thanks
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Old 03-16-2004, 05:55 PM
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For the boat
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Old 03-16-2004, 06:23 PM
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It's for the boat like Sidewinder said, also the permit is only valid for the boat that is listed on the permit. You can't take it on someone elses boat and fish.
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Old 03-16-2004, 06:34 PM
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The permit is for the boat.I also have a question,If you want to sell tuna i.e.a giant,you have to have a commercial liscense,but if you have a commercial can you keep a sword?and if not how do all the charter guys do it?
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Old 03-16-2004, 06:35 PM
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You can get your permit on the web site and just print it out, Make several copies just in case you lose it.
Keep it on the boat you will need it if you get boarded.
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Old 03-16-2004, 06:42 PM
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Thanks, die trying. I think that there are different rules for the Charter/Headboat category. I have an Angling categoty permit, which allows sharks, billfish and tuna. As I recall, you can keep one giant over 73". If I was ever to hook one over 73" and got as far as landing it, I'd probably release it. I don't fish for giants and we only keep fish for the table, so selling fish wasn't an important issue for me.
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Old 03-16-2004, 06:45 PM
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The Charter/Headboat permits the boat to fish commercially or recreationally. When under charter, its considered rec., as far as the HMS permit goes.
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Old 03-16-2004, 07:29 PM
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Another question? Does the permit allow each angler to keep a limit of lets say yellowfin tuna or is it a boat limit? If the limit is two fish is that two fish per boat which = 2 fish
or Is it two fish per angler on the boat lets say two anglers which would be = 4 fish
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Old 03-16-2004, 07:49 PM
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It depends on the regs for each tuna species on the day you go fishing. They change regs throughout the season so it's best to check the night before you fish at their website. For instance last year bluefin was a boat limit, while yelowfin was a per person limit. They keep you on your toes keeping up with the changes as the season progresses. Also make sure that you know how to identify the species from one another, if you've got three anglers onboard and the regs are 4 yellowfin per person, and one bluefin per vessel per trip, you really don't want to get boarded while having 12 bluefin in the box and try to tell them you didn't know the difference. That will be quite expensive.
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Old 03-16-2004, 07:52 PM
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It varies...

Shark per boat.
Yellowfin per man
Giants per boat...
Bluefin ..."Call" or check the website
Longfin... no federal limit imposed. (Just common sense)
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Old 03-16-2004, 07:56 PM
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Here's a link to the website.

http://www.nmfspermits.com
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Old 03-16-2004, 08:05 PM
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Thanks for the information the I downloaded the identification booklet and got the permit. Now if the weather will cooperate maybe I will be able to give it a try.They have been catching some Yellowfins out of Morehead the last few weeks.
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offshore - which permit did you get? the angler permit doesn't allow for the sale of the fish.
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Old 03-16-2004, 08:13 PM
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Good luck! As I type this the snow plow is passing in front of my house , 3" snow/slush today. I wish I could go fishing too.
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Sorry about the snow!! !! It is starting to feel like spring around here but it has been windy on the weekend OF COURSE.....A day will come!
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