Yellowtail Size Restriction

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  1. Reel 007

    Reel 007 Well-Known "Member"

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    Would have to disagree Tom, the YT/Kingfish caught in New Zealand seems to have more girth than those caught in Southern Cal/Mexico.
     
  2. af dreamer

    af dreamer I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I have caught them both,I could not tell any diff BUT never caught any large ones in NZ.My largest here is 42.Tom
     
  3. PE Pete

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    They might get a bit bigger here but...
    There a bit like people. You get some short and fat others longer and skinny.
    I'm about to head out to Great Barrier island this morning so hopefully I'll be able to measure and weigh a few, might even put one in the chilly bin...
    I post a report tonight if there's anything worth reporting on.
    Cheers Pete

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    Ummm jig fish on 60 lb are all bounceable
     
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    Since no one really clarified what the rules were, you can keep 10 total for the day per person. Fish #'s 1,2,3,4, and 5 can be any size however fish #'s 6,7,8,9,and 10 have to be over 25 inch.
     
  6. PE Pete

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    Really who needs 10 Kingies...
    Can't see how that makes sense.
    Reckon 1 good fish gives you a lot of meat and leaves a lot to grow bigger.
     
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    How about 28 inches, like the commercial size limit. Does anybody really need a 27 inch yellowtail. Pathetic!
     
  8. Vermonster

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    Laughing at you guys calling out people who keep smaller yellows, calling them pathetic or other things. Look, some people don't get out nearly as much as they would like. A 24 inch fish still gives a couple of decent filets. Not to mention yellowtail are extremely plentiful, and grow at a pretty decent rate. It's a sustainable fishery as long as people keep within the regulations. Now, many might think DFG can be a pain in the ass sometimes, but generally, they know their science, know what we can and can't take from our ocean and land, and still keep the population healthy. So if they say you can keep 5 fish under 25 inches, you happen to catch that many, and you want to, then go for it. You only want to keep the 40 lb homeguard yellows, then more power to you. You're both well within your right.

    Just quit bagging on people for doing something that is legal, not causing any harm, and helping them provide for themselves from time to time......
     
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    Bonito, because the correct spelling is important.

    I don't like to freeze YT. Fresh off the grill is best! I do not need a limit. C&R once I've got
    a couple.
     
  10. plj46

    plj46 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I totally disagree.I'll leave it at that.
     
  11. One_Leg

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    Thank you.
     
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    Okay just finished my popcorn. The Yellowtail and kingfish of NZ are more like cousins same blood line but different. The prey they eat will change how big they get and how they taste. It is like Striped Bass. Ocean run fish a 30 inch fish is a throw back in fresh water it is a trophy. They taste much different also. Now on keeping fish as long as you are within your limits that is fine. But I have seen sportsmen keep yellowtail that are 4-6 pounds. Please throw them back and let them grow. By the time you clean a 4 pound yellow tail you have a filet o fish sandwich maybe. Small with all species here in the southwest. Guys keeping every little rock fish they catch I was on the Dolphin, By the way Capt Jason and crew are great. They have this guy who fishes almost everyday I believe they call him red but has white hair. It was an okay 1/2 day trip I caught and released over 25 fish. Kept three reds for my friend. As we were going back in I saw Red cleaning fish that would take 2 fish both side to make one sandwich. These fish take years to grow throw them back if they will live. Oh we were fishing less than 100 feet so they did not get the bends And yes I would rather see someone keep the small fish instead of them becoming floaters when tossed back. Basically we need to control our harvest or the game and fish department will
     
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    Do we really have to number our catch...?
     
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    Doesn't matter. Just thought it would be easier to understand. Either way if you catch more than 5 fish, each of those have to be over 25 inches.
     
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    Got it!
    Thanks
     
  16. PE Pete

    PE Pete Tight lines PE Pete

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    Limit your catch not catch your limit...
    Just my opinion tho...
     
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    undrH2Ohntr Eat more fish.

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    Yes...bleed, gut, ice...eat raw.
     
  18. plj46

    plj46 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    That doesn't seem to popular here in Socal.It's all about the meat,the pictures and the word "limit"
     
  19. pacificscout

    pacificscout Hey! You got any frozen ice?

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    Do we really have to number our catch...?

    Yes.
    1st wife.
    2nd wife.
    3s' a char....


    Pain in the wallet.
     
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    PE Pete Tight lines PE Pete

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    I hear what Mike is saying and TBH I didn't know that YTK were different.
    That certainly explains why out Kingies get so much bigger than other parts of the world. My understanding is all line class world records are held here in nz (52kg)
    Just an aside I can say with some certainty there are bigger kings than that in our waters.
     

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