U.S. Limits (southern california)

Rabid Fish

I've posted enough I should edit this section
Jun 27, 2004
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Alex
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26'
Someone should update this or unstick it. I've been seeing a lot of posts misquoting the regulations recently, and that is a bad sign because people are more likely to break the rules if they don't know them. When we break the rules, it hurts our sport's future.

Here's the same post with updates highlighted:

California Halibut
Limit: Five
Minimum Size: 22"

Barracuda
Limit: 10
Minimum Size: 28"

California Sheephead
Open Season: Mar-Dec 300' of water or less
Limit: 5
Minimum Size: 12"

Ling
Open Season: Mar-Dec 300' of water or less
Limit: 2
Minimum size: 22"

Cabezon
Open Season: Mar-Dec 300' or less
Limit: 3 also counts twards the total bag limit of 10 rockfish
15" minimum

Bass(calico, sand and spotted bay)
Limit: 5 total of any combination
Minimun Size: 14"

Bonito
Limit: 10
Minimun Size: 24" fork length or 5lbs. but 5 may be less than 24" or 5lbs.

Albacore
Limit: 10 in addition to the general bag limit, that means 20 fish+10 albies
Minimum Size: none

bluefin tuna
Limit: 10 in addition to the general bag limit
Min. Size: none

Yellowfin Tuna
Limit: 10 these do apply to the general bag limit

Bigeye Tuna
Limit: 10 these do apply to the general bag limit

White Seabass
Limit 1 from mar 15-jun 15, 3 from jun16-mar14
Minimum Size: 28"

Yellowtail
Limit: 10
Minimum Size: 24" fork length, 5 may be less.

Swordfish
Limit: 2

Mako
Limit: 2

Thresher
Limit:2

Marlin
Limit: 1

Sculpin
Limit: 5
Min. Size: 10"
Open season: All year 0-300'.

Rockfish
Limit: 10, only 3 Bocaccio.
Min. size: none, except Bocaccio(salmon grouper) must be 10"
open season: Mar-Dec 0-300' of water

can only use one rod with 2 hooks or less when rockfishing

Leopard Sharks
Limit: 3
Minimum Size: 36"
Open Season: Mar-Dec 0-300', open all year in mission and SD bays.

Ocean Whitefish
Limit: 10
no size limit
Open Season: Mar-Dec 0-300'

sand dabs
no limit, does not count toward general bag limit.

Barred surf perch
Limit: 10

the following fish are not specifically noted in regs and fall under the general bag limit 10 of any one fish with no size limit.
Dorado
All Croaker (yellowfin, spotfin etc.)
Corvina
Corbina
 
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will meyer

Newbie
Nov 25, 2011
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santa ynez
Name
will meyer
Boat
skunk brothers
Calico's have to be 13", I'm sure of that. There are some other concerns here but good of you to take the time to make things a little easier out there on the water. Cheers
 

Carl

Bridesmaid,,,,,,,Again
Nov 29, 2004
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San Diego
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Carl
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everyone elses
This is an old thread.
Check current regs.
 

teddya2

I've posted enough I should edit this section
Mar 30, 2007
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san diego
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teddya2
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invader 20- Bikini Bottom
bass size and bag limits have changed, since that listing.
 

capt bly

Newbie
Jul 21, 2011
6
0
crest, ca red wht blue
Name
matt Johnson
Boat
Bly Express
Lingcod size is 22"
i figured i was bored and would put up a list of limits for most fish caught in SD, maybe pin it next to the mex limits and edit as new reg come out. note that the rockfish regs i'm putting up only apply for the southern area.

F&G code 27.60 General limit: allowed only 20 fish total per day with not more than 10 of any one speices.



California Halibut
Limit: Five
Minimum Size: 22"

Barracuda
Limit: 10
Minimum Size: 28"

California Sheephead
Open Season: Mar-Dec 360' of water or less
Limit: 5
Minimum Size: 12"

Ling
Open Season: Apr-Nov 360' of water or less
Limit: 2
Minimum size: 24"

Cabezon
Open Season: Mar-Dec 360' or less
Limit: 1 also counts twards the total bag limit of 10 rockfish
15" minimum

Bass(calico, sand and spotted bay)
Limit: 10 total of any combination
Minimun Size: 12"

Bonito
Limit: 10
Minimun Size: 24" fork length or 5lbs. but 5 my be less than 24" or 5lbs.

Albacore
Limit: 10 in addition to the general bag limit, that means 20 fish+10 albies
Minimum Size: none

bluefin tuna
Limit: 10 in addition to the general bag limit
Min. Size: none

Yellowfin Tuna
Limit: 10 these do apply to the general bag limit

Bigeye Tuna
Limit: 10 these do apply to the general bag limit

White Seabass
Limit 1 from mar 15-jun 15, 3 from jun16-mar14
Minimum Size: 28"

Yellowtail
Limit: 10
Minimum Size: 24" fork length, 5 may be less.

Swordfish
Limit: 2

Mako
Limit: 2

Thresher
Limit:2

Marlin
Limit: 1

Sculpin
Limit: 5
Min. Size: 10"
Open season: Jan-Feb 0-240' of water, Mar-Dec 0-360' of water.

Rockfish
Limit: 10, only 1 Bocaccio.
Min. size: none, except Bocaccio(salmon grouper) must be 10"
open season: Mar-Dec 0-360' of water

can only use one rod with 2 hooks or less when rockfishing

Leopard Sharks
Limit: 3
Minimum Size: 36"
Open Season: Mar-Dec 0-360', open all year in mission and SD bays.

Ocean Whitefish
Limit: 10
no size limit
Open Season: Mar-Dec 0-360'

sand dabs
no limit, does not count toward general bag limit.

Barred surf perch
Limit: 10

the following fish are not specifically noted in regs and fall under the general bag limit 10 of any one fish with no size limit.
Dorado
All Croaker
(yellowfin, spotfin etc.)
Corvina
Corbina
 

FishAcquisition

I've posted enough I should edit this section
Sep 19, 2005
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La Quinta
Name
Dan
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Only Aspirations-not the name of my boat-just have aspirations
Not to hijack the thread but I have found that 3rd Bluefin tastes allot like California Condor but not as chewy as Fringe Toad Lizard or Bald Eagle?
 
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FishAcquisition

I've posted enough I should edit this section
Sep 19, 2005
1,203
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La Quinta
Name
Dan
Boat
Only Aspirations-not the name of my boat-just have aspirations
The way I read the regs., you can have 20 albacore and 20 bluefin per day.
Makes sense because some days you can’t go fishing so you “limits” are left un caught. Bosses and clients always expect you to make up for days you don’t show up.
 

yakdout

Professional
Jun 26, 2014
1,393
1,759
San Diego
Name
Brandon
Boat
s and hoes
Not to hijack the thread but I have found that 3rd Bluefin tastes allot like California Condor but not as chewy as Fringe Toad Lizard or Bald Eagle?
Black Sea bass is better. And for some reason the ones in the MLPA’s taste better. Maybe different diet?
 

clevel

Skipper
Jun 4, 2011
951
637
Laguna Niguel
Name
Cabo Jack
Boat
Cobia 261
Thank you! Got a screen shot and would come in very handy. It is getting so complex.

By the way, min. length for bass is 14" right now.
 

4v1df12h1ng

Sensei
Feb 22, 2008
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North County
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Who
Boat
yes pls
Thanks.

Nextime you get bored again, please post your hot spots from most productive to least, by species (rockfish, halibut, sand dabs, tuna, etc). Thanks. appreciate it.. :)