Calico: Release or Keep?

Discussion in 'Fishing Chit Chat' started by JoshInSD, Aug 29, 2018.

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keep or release your legal size Calico/Kelp Bass?

  1. Release

  2. Keep

  3. Never caught one

  4. Mostly Release

  5. Mostly Keep

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  1. DPevin

    DPevin Well-Known "Member"

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    This is how I try to approach it. Well said.
     
  2. CardShark

    CardShark Member

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    Here's a quick 2-minute on why you should release big fish.

    Once again, I have no problem with anyone that keeps a legal fish.
    When I keep something, however, as a general rule, I keep the ones closer to the minimum size limit and release the bigger models.

    Also, as someone else mentioned, the older fish don't taste as good and tend to have the highest concentrations of things like mercury.
     
  3. Azarkon

    Azarkon I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I've always wondered about the slow to grow, let them go logic. Rock fish are slow to grow, but they're doing fine with a 10 fish limit despite thousands being caught every day. By comparison, yellowtail are fast to grow, yet it feels like there's been a significant decrease in yellowtail populations over the years, especially along the local coast and islands.

    The ocean's too complex to reduce to a few simple rules. I could just as well say, sea lions are responsible for all of it. After all, sea lions love to eat yellowtail and bass, but seem to stay away from rock fish most of the time? I'll trust the law and my own instincts on what to keep and what to release.
     
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  4. mark shore

    mark shore Newbie

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  5. mark shore

    mark shore Newbie

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    The whole North side of Anacapa Island is closed to Calico fishing, Naples reef is closed, La Jolla has a closure area, and San Clemente Island has lots of closed areas due to Naval Security reasons. All prime Calico real estate where they go untouched, if you want to keep a limit of bass do it.
     
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  6. sickcat

    sickcat Silverback

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    Wait, WHAT!!!????

    Are we fishing green bass here??! I get that crewmen can get bored and have a little fun with the passengers but COME ON!!
     
  7. sickcat

    sickcat Silverback

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    Well Calicos are my favorite fish to eat so I do take a couple 14-16"ers once in a while to swim them in butter. 99.7% go back including all the bigger ones.
     
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  8. sickcat

    sickcat Silverback

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    One of the differences between mammals and most fishes is the larger the fish the more offspring it produces. All else aside the bigger fish will have more babies and since natural selection still works in nature odds are that those babies will have a good set of genes to start.

    My understanding is that some fish (like big YFT) get so big they have a hard time maintaining that bulk. At that point they're productivity declines. Not the case for checkerboards.
     
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  9. Jigslinger

    Jigslinger Fishing is an incurable disease

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    They weren’t j/k unfortunately.
     
  10. sickcat

    sickcat Silverback

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    That is SAD - even for a local boat.
     
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  11. chavid

    chavid Newbie

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    If the sea lion's around do not release them there. Put in live well and release it somewhere else or stop fishing until them dog are gone. Do not put in live well if they are undersize or you will be in trouble. I've witnessed many private boats throwing them back but kept on fishing with bunch of sea lions around. To me that is not release all they are doing is feeding the sea lions. I do enjoy eating fresh Calico and will release what I don't need.
     
  12. RideHPD

    RideHPD Enthusiastic Idiot Rookie

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    Those deckhands are complete idiots, they're not green bass, they don't bed.
     
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  13. gb58

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  14. plj46

    plj46 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I see no unhappiness here,why the negativity ? it was just a poll about Calico's.
     

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