Good point, LJ. A 10 # yellowtail is just shy of being able to make babies. I would be fine with a 5 fish daily limit, with only 2 that can be under 24".30 years ago YT were scarce to some regard. The species has come back to the Socal area in big numbers in the last 20 or so years. From what the old timers have told me, YT used to be caught off the piers and were considered junk fish. All of us are big fans of the YT because of the incredible fight and table fare.
I look at it this way. I hated killing bass that were 12" due to the measly filet, so I rarely did so. Regulation was 10-ea 12" bass per angler (Good thing the previous bass regulation was not 5 bass any size and 5 over twelve inches). When the regulation changed to 5-ea 14" bass per angler. it took a while for any legal bass to show up, at least in regular numbers. I think it's time to change the regulations for YT which is 10 total, 5 any size and 5 over 24" fork length. I'd like to see 5 fish per angler at least 28" fork length per day. QUIT killing the babies, let them get their NUT on at least once.
Here's a page I saw that has some YT details.
And all this time I thought you were one of the old-timers...sorry about that.