I stand corrected on the tarpon ticket deal, without a doubt. However, the swallowtail in question on the show was not 12". The girl asked how long they have to be, the guide said 12" but we'll put that on for bait and catch a bigger fish. I actually saw a show on tv called "E-Force" and one of the officers cited someone fishing on a canal for using a snapper for bait, said it was illegal. As far as the spanish mackeral go, they were of size for sure, however, I assumed since they're regulated cutting them up in any regard, even if for bait wouldn't be permissible. Who could say how big the fish was after it was cut and who could prove how many you used for bait. I guess the rules aren't as I thought they were, it's just with all the enforcement I like to know if I'm in the right rather than assume anything. Like I said, I got a hard time for having a bunch of grunt fillets in my cooler once after leaving the bridge. I could have easily been filleting them for bait (which I have done many times)
Also, the goliath grouper coming out of the water for a photo as far as I understand with the new rules was also a big no-no.
I'm not trying to start an argument here either, I just thought it might be of interest what I saw on tv.
Rob from NJ