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Will the slot limit effect how you fish??

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Nope.

 

When I keep them, I usually keep them around 30" - 34". So I'll keep the same sized fish and release the fish I usually release.

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Absolutely not, why scale down.

 I wanted to catch and release big fish before the slot and I want to continue to do the same. I've never been out looking for a trophy to keep. I think a lot of surf guys feel the same. If anything we should be scaling up our gear to more efficiently fight fish so we can achieve good healthy releases.

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It's going to change the way I fish.  It already began last fall. I removed the trebles from many of my surface plugs. Replaced them with inline circle hooks. 

Since fish over 35" can no longer be kept, I intend to make every effort to not injure large fish.

I understand I'll probably miss some hits, but I want to protect a large fish from ending up with a plug loaded with trebles stuck in her gills. It would really bother me to have to release a 45" floater. :(

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28 mins ago, anb5 said:

No trebles either. Curious if the slot will cut down the crowds..

I would be shocked if the slot had any effect on the numbers fishing. In many places where i fish, people claim to know nothing of regulations or licensing or, more likely, they willfully ignore them. I dont see that changing. The epo phone numbers are going to be on speed dial this season. I hate taking time out of fishing to call in violations, but frankly without more self policing and reporting we wont see much behavioral change.

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12 hours ago, bdowning said:

I would be shocked if the slot had any effect on the numbers fishing. In many places where i fish, people claim to know nothing of regulations or licensing or, more likely, they willfully ignore them. I dont see that changing. The epo phone numbers are going to be on speed dial this season. I hate taking time out of fishing to call in violations, but frankly without more self policing and reporting we wont see much behavioral change.

Unfortunately, this is a part of my fishing trips now. Game Warden on speed dial. I know you guys have a hard time getting these guys out. Maybe, followup each session to a post to their FB page saying if they did or did not show up so it can at least be tracked. In Galveston, TX where I fish usually out within the hour. My guy is a good reference too as he has given me advice on where to get bait and what is not necessarily illegal, but may be frowned upon.

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Us commercial guys just do our thing..........Don't even bother fishing for them anymore but I catch 1 once in awhile when I'm seabassing........They are a nice dinner fish........

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2 hours ago, quan808 said:

Unfortunately, this is a part of my fishing trips now. Game Warden on speed dial. I know you guys have a hard time getting these guys out. Maybe, followup each session to a post to their FB page saying if they did or did not show up so it can at least be tracked. In Galveston, TX where I fish usually out within the hour. My guy is a good reference too as he has given me advice on where to get bait and what is not necessarily illegal, but may be frowned upon.

I keep the number on speed dial as well. I almost exclusively fish late night shifts in out of the way spots now and rarely see a soul, never mind a poacher but when I do fish somewhere like the canal I'm always ready to make a call.

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