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Old 03-23-2004, 07:31 PM
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Did anyone hear about a 20''size limit for Mahi this year?I'm not sure if it's truth or rumor.
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Old 03-23-2004, 08:00 PM
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It's proposed but hasn't passed yet, Why would you want to keep a dolphin that smaller than 20". The fillet's on those are not as big as a strip of bacon
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Old 03-23-2004, 08:30 PM
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It"s not the size limit now that Im worried about .It's what the limit will be in a couple of years that worries me,the limits always seem to go up.
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Old 03-23-2004, 09:06 PM
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Needs to be a 20" limit..... let the chicks grow up to nice size fish...
hell they grow like 1" per week as youngsters...
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Old 03-24-2004, 10:20 AM
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We already have a self imposed limit of 24" on our boat. Anything smaller goes back.
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Old 03-24-2004, 02:39 PM
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JC... I think we will do the same thing this year..... let
them grow up to something worth catching...
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Old 03-24-2004, 03:47 PM
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I think it's a good idea too. We starting doing that about five years ago with several species.
For Spanish Mackeral it's 18"
Black Sea Bass is 2 Lbs.

We do not keep and try not to injure any non-food fish.
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Old 03-24-2004, 04:37 PM
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South Carolina Marine Fisheries has a dolphin tagging program going on. If you are going to let 'em go, might as well tag 'em. For more info go to http://dolphintagging.homestead.com/

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Old 03-24-2004, 06:56 PM
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Jeez, i don't know about y'all, but i'd be embarassed to show up at the dock with a 20" mahi. Not that i'm some great angler, but that's too dang small - throw it back and let ya'll catch it a coupla months later - when it's 30"+ and had a chance to get laid.
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Old 03-24-2004, 08:13 PM
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Like I said before the size is not the issue,Iwouldnt keep a dolphin that small either.In a year or so when the limit is 30''+I bet alot of you will change your mind.The striper limit in NJ started at 18" then went to 36'' afew years later,that winter the commercial guys hammered them in the Carolinas,so much for conservation.Now the bass have made a great come back,and I still release them.Like I said it's not the size ,how does every one in the north east like the fluke and blackfish regulations,or for that matter how bout the marine fisheries possibly letting the long liners back in Florida to catch swordfish again under the disguise of "research".All IM saying is it dosnt hurt to watch your back!
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Old 03-25-2004, 07:34 AM
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We have a self-imposed size limit of 30". Dolphin, at least in the Gulf of Mexico, are the James Dean of fish, "Live Fast---Die Young". I read an article that stated that in the Gulf, dolphin grow at a rate of five inches per month, topping out at five feet in two years. Then they die! Scientist estimate that 100% of the Gulf of Mexico dolphin die before they are two years old. Apparently they live longer elsewhere. as the fish book says they live a maximum of five years. Dolphin begin spawning when they are almost 21 inches long, during their first year of life.
IMHO: There are too many other tasty fish in the Gulf in the two to five pound range to keep a tiny, under aged dolphin.
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