Good on ya for the release. People probably posted about keeping it because it wasn't hanging on a line but in a cooler? , on a cutting board, looking say, tired.I appreciate all the good info from those more experienced with the subject of Sargo than I.
Just to clear out some of the concerns and paranoia that a couple folks expressed. NO, I'M NOT DEFECTIVE and would have enough intelligence to NOT keep a fish that I didn't know the regs on. My uncle is the same way and the mystery fish at the time was released after a quick picture. I carry a DFG paper handbook onboard along with a digital copy on a tablet just to be safe. I understand that we live in California and at times common sense is not so common but come on fellas.
Once again thank you to those for the help with the identification.